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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good comprehensive coverage of VB6


I am a new programmer fresh out of college and I needed a book to help me face the new VB challenges I have everyday. I have not encountered one problem yet that wasn't dealt with by this book. The OOP and ADO sections are thorough and very easy to understand. Mr. Balena has done an excellent job of covering VB6 broadly from the very basic concepts to advanced techniques. This book is a good investment for VB developers at any level.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JUnit in Action
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Ted Husted, Vincent Massol
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A rarity: a deep overview


I finally had the opportunity to read Vince's finished product and I am impressed at how he and Ted managed to find the balance between an easy-to-follow overview and the necessary technical depth to understand JUnit more fully. Most books only do one or the other (if that).
Whether you are brand new to JUnit or have some experience and are looking for good practices, JUnit in Action is for you. On a first reading you can concentrate on the first few chapters and all the diagrams; then after some practice, you can return to the remaining chapters and learn JUnit in increasing depth.
This book describes a number of different ways to use JUnit to tackle specific problems in testing both plain Java code and J2EE code, a theme which I have taken further in JUnit Recipes (I couldn't resist the plug -- sorry about that), making "in Action" an excellent prelude to "Recipes". Of course, we hope you'll buy and enjoy both. Vince's early drafts even motivated me to learn more about Cactus and now it is an important part of my J2EE testing arsenal.
I will use Vince's book as a primary reference whenever I teach a course on Java, J2EE programming or Test-Driven Development.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Modern Database Management (7th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Jeffrey A. Hoffer, Mary Prescott, Fred McFadden
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Dry reading


This book provides an excellent foundation to the principles of database and data management. It explains some of the more difficult concepts quite well. I understand there is a newer edition, and as with all computer books, would generally recommend newer sources, but in this case I would recommend this one.



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
Two thumbs up! A great reference for a huge product.


This book is a monster, but it has everything you could possibly want to know about Windows 2000 including a great basic introduction to Active Directory. I have an earlier edition of this book, but I love it! It is well organized, accurate, and easy to use as a reference. The author's writing style is easy to read and enjoyable.