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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Database 10g High Availability with RAC, Flashback, and Data Guard (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Matthew Hart, Scott Jesse, Matthew Hart, Scott Jesse
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book a must for any DBA

Okay, I found this to be a very thorough discussion of what will be the future for any DBA. It is an early version of 10G but, as this is what most shops will work with for the next 6 months it is essential reading. I would like to remark that both Dataguard (Chap7) and Streams (Chap 10) coverage is excellent and both provide a different direction for the HA arena.A must read for those long trips traveling to customer sites.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
No-hassle info

This book is excellent. The word I notice in everyone's review is concise, and it's so true. No blabbity-blab about the history of networking, no digressions, just the straight info. Well proofread also, very few mistakes. Author has a straightforward but readable style, and information is presented logically and helpfully. Awesome book. Easily worth the money. Thanks for helping me pass fast!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed (2nd Edition) (Unleashed)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not a comprehensive guide

This book judging by its massive size seemed to be the end all comprehensive guide to everything server 2003. The main reason I bought this book was for info on IIS 6 and windows media server. The IIS 6 material in this book is phenomenal but much to my dismay not one word was written about deploying windows media server. How can u not even cover one of the most changed products from 2000 server? The windows media server has undergone some major changes which I believe warrant some kind of coverage in this book.Otherwise the book is very well written and covers the meat and bones of IIS and terminal services as well as AD. Alot of the book is for planning the migration and deployment of the server 2003 environment which is useless unless your running a fortune 500 company's IT dept.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# for Java Developers
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Allen Jones, Adam Freeman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Even Handed

This book does 3 things:Firstly, the book presents the spirit and syntax of the C# language. And the presentation is very focused - it's done against a backdrop of Java.Secondly, the authors do a flyby of the main areas of the .NET Framework Class Libraries. Again, the assumed reader's knowledge of Java motivates the discusion.Lastly, and most importantly, Java and C# are contrasted rationally. No hype. Just the facts as the authors see them. This is good stuff and useful too.
If you're are an experienced Java developer, you will get a lot from this book. I still recommend to the Java folks that you also read up on the specialty areas, e.g. ADO.NET, Remoting, etc., if you will be working in those areas.