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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Active Directory for Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Robert King, Robert R. King
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The worst Active Directory book on the market


This is, with no doubt in my mind, the worst book on Active Directory I have seen. I can't believe Sybex decided to publish the second edition (let alone the first) with all errors and such superficial coverage of practically every Active Directory topic. I'm under impression that its author had no practical experience in dealing with any real Active Directory deployment. If you are serious about learning Active Directory from experts, check "Mission Critical Active Directory" by Jan De Clercq and Micky Balladelli (Digital Press) or "Windows 2000 Active Directory" by Alistair Lowe-Norris (O'Reilly).



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Administrator's Companion
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Bill English, Walter J. Glenn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just what I needed


This book helped me come up to speed in Exchange Server 2003 when I got sort of thrown into supporting it at work. It sounds like that last reviewr didn't get past the intro material. The first part of this book is all about architecture and planning. It was kind of dry and a bit more than I was ready for just learning about Exchange. But, starting with chapter 7, the book is all action. It takes you through installing, setting up recipients, storage groups, routing groups, administrative groups, and everything you need to know to get a server up and going. It has a great section on security. I get asked a lot of questions about that at work. It even talks about disaster recovery and performance tuning. The writings pretty easy to follow. They use lots of supporting pictures and step by step explanations. I just skipped the first 6 chapters and plan to come back to them after I've been using it a while.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book for all java programmers.


I think this is the best book for Java Certification. Lots of details for serious programmers. If you are planning to buy just one book for certification, I would highly recommend this one. It covers all the important details that other books miss out.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
wast of time and money


This book is, in my opinion, one of the best written technical books, period. It covers not just the syntax of C++, but the reasoning behind the the language. The style of the sample code (and there is a lot of sample code) is a model for readability. Also, the book contains many exercises, and include a rating for their difficulty.