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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Mastering from the master

If you just beginning or even NT veteran wants to learn Win2000 from the ground up. Then let this book lead your way. Mark cooked this book darn well to present Win2000 in sequence, that will give you good understanding of each component and features. With win2000 resource kit in your hand, you'll be mastering win2000 at ease even for the exams itself.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Analysis Patterns : Reusable Object Models (Addison-Wesley Object Technology: Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A little dispointed for an excellent book

This book is good and offers lot of business applications to various design patterns. It actually explains how and where the patterns can be used. However, it does require that you know the basics of the patterns.
This book forms a good follow-up to the Gang of 4 book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book will teach you how to be a bad JSP programmer

Total waste of money and time. This book is like a syntax reference. It fools you to believe that you are learning JSP. I DID NOT READ IT UNTIL THE END, BUT I THINK IT DOES NOT MENTION THE MVC PARADIGM. I don't have time to write all the reasons why this book is not worth your money. So just believe me: There are better books about JSP/Servlet.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
You can't live with it and you can't live without it.

"The C++ Programming Language" is a book about the C++ language written by the inventor of the language. As a result the book becomes an authoritative guide to the C++ language (except for the ISO C++ standard, but that is almost incomprehendable). So when you discuss a C++ language issue with a friend or collegue this book can help you settle that discussion. So for that reason alone this book should be on the bookshelf of any serious C++ programmer.
That said, this book is no tutorial, although it attempts to be one. It is not very well written and can be hard to navigate at times. You should think of it as an annotated version of the standard - not a book to learn C++ from. So if you are not a proficient C++ programmer you should not attempt to read this book; you won't be able to understand most of it. For a tutorial I instead recommend Stephen Prata: C++ Primer Plus.
Also, the book gives a series of programming and design advice. Some which are not generally recognized as good ideas. For example he recommends the use of the constant 0 directly instead of using NULL for null-pointers. So these advices should be read with some skepticism. For good programming advice I recommend Scott Meyers: Effective C++.
So in the end I look at this book with mixed feelings. You can't live with it but can't live without it either.