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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding .NET: A Tutorial and Analysis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Chappell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book!

David Chappell is one of the best technical authors today and this is probably his best book. It's an excellent overview of.NET that is both objective and interesting to read.
NET is a critically important to Microsoft professionals. Unfortunately, it's also a huge platform that can be daunting and downright confusing. Chappell's .NET book cuts right through Microsoft's marketing dribble and explains exactly what the platform is and why its important. The book provides enough technical depth to give you a good understanding of the .NET platform without getting lost in what is obviously a very complex set of technologies.
As an architect, developer, and author I give this book my highest recommendation. If you are trying to get your fingers around the .NET platform, this is the book you should read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Admin Scripting Little Black Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Paraglyph
Authors: Jesse M. Torres
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Pocket Reference

I ordered this book after reading its review ... I need automate system rollouts, create/modify users, install applications, etc; and this book shows how to do it quickly and simply. I especially like that all examples are shown in 3 different scripting languages, because then I get to choose what language I want to use or whats easiest or appropriate.
This book covers both automating Windows and common 3rd party products. the author picked a good selection of 3rd party apps, as I use most of these in my environment (winzip, ghost, norton antivirus).
I wish the book were physically smaller, like the microsoft pocket guides and came with a cd (although you can download all the scripts and other stuff from the author's website). Besides that, excellent.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Systems: A Practical Approach to Design, Implementation, and Management, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley Publishing Company
Authors: Thomas Connolly, Carolyn Begg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
well written

This book was very well written in the general sense. It covers all the aspects used to design a relational database from beginning to end. I found the chapter on query optimization quite interesting. It really explained what makes a query more efficient and faster.
This book does not explain how to use such database tools as Oracle 8i, and MS Access although they are mentioned briefly. A number of chapters in the text were a little repetitive, they helped to illustrate the theory involved by working through a real world example.
All in all this is an excellent text for an introduction to database design course however, this text should not be bought if you are looking to learn a specific database management tool.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Make C# and .NET Clear and Simple

It is standing out from the rest of the books with its clear and simple to understand explanation of the new C# language and .NET framework.From the object oriented programming fundamental using C# to the advanced using of C# in Assemblies and Reflection and attributes programming in .NET framework, the book covers all. The power of the new C# language is demonstrated in the book with ease. Though it also covers ADO .NET, web services and interacting with the unmanaged code of COM and using COM+ service, a little more extra detailed example of utilizing the COM+ service would make this book perfect. I enjoy the reading of every bit of this book. After all it is a book I would like to recommend to others.