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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
Win2K Resource Kit

Hello to all, I have Mark's PC upgrade and Win2000 Resource kit set, and boy am I glad I do !!! Mark explainations are very easy to understand, and are more than helpful. If you are going to become Certified, and who isn't now a days, then these books are a must, but for the Win2k Set, you should have inferential knowledge of NT 4.0, which Mark also writes about. If you don't have PC upgrade, get that first, then move on to WinNT 4.0, and Win2K, with these books in your corner, the PC is nothing more then a familar friend for the future in your world of knowledge. These books are also recommended by a CBT company who's course I also use, and are very highly recommended so, go for it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Serial Port Complete
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson, Jan Axelson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good source of info, but not for the beginner

This book is very complete indeed, but it assumes you already know a fair bit about electronic circuitry. As a computer programmer with little electronics experience, I first had to read up on basic electronics. Also, some sections could have been easier to understand if there was more supporting details or examples. However, the book did answer most of my questions about the serail port and I was able to complete my programming project on time. I would rate this book a 3.5 to 4.0

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for the Perl Beginner

This book is a good reference if you really know what you are doing in Perl and want to just look up particulars on a specific function in perl, but it really bites when you are tyring to use it to answer any question like "How do I do ____ in Perl?" It reminded me of the age old question. If you can't spell a word, how do you look it up in the dictionary? I must say that the included brochure reference guide is a very good thing.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good manual

For depth of understanding, clarify of presentation on complex subjects this book can't be beat. The major quality of this book is that it provides answers for everyone. Beginners don't have to read chapters five times to have a complete understanding. Advanced can jump in and get answers with lots of troubleshooting hints and ideas on how to accomplish tasks. I always find myself returning to this book for answers.