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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional JSP 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Simon Brown, Robert Burdick, Jayson Falkner, Ben Galbraith, Rod Johnson, Larry Kim, Casey Kochmer, Thor Kristmundsson, Sing Li
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Alt: How each Professional who wrote the book learnt JSP


Since this is the work of several authors, there is a lot of overlap of content in the various chapters.
It is evident from the chapters that some of the authors are new to JSP1.2 technology and some of them to Java itself, and they managed to get their work (in-progress) in this book!!! (Plus, got customers like me buy this book for a cool sum.)
As an exception to every rule, some of the chapters in this book are good, especially the discussion on MVC and Filters.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
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This is a superb guide to administering an Active Directory environment. It is aimed at the administrator who knows the theory & now wants to get on and do the work. Practically all tasks have solutions in terms of the GUI, command line tools & scripts. It is one of the books that will always be on my desk within easy reach. Too good not to have.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 1: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston, Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book that Wall Street has been waiting years for.


Len Silverston has managed to create a book that matches the data modeling needs of Wall Street. Wall Street demands a balance of a speed to market(the templates in the book) with the ability to customize a design as a competitive advantage(the recommendations on how to extend the models in the book). Len Silverston's template models enable a project to jump 6 months ahead of schedule while allowing the extensions that are required by users.
Also, the content in Len Silverton's book provides immediate use to the reader. It is easy to see that a lot of sincere thought was put into determining which subject areas(the party, product, order, etc) are truly universal.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Not your usual O'Reilly book


As an O'Reilly publication I was slightly disappointed with this book until I realized that most of the problem is probably due to the newness of the subject as opposed to quality of the authors and editors. The content is very good and covers quite a bit of programming ASP.Net applications. It gives solid coverage of a large number of topics. The biggest problem is the content is not much more than can be found in the ASP `quick start tutorials' on the Microsoft site. Ease of reading and the examples being explained in significantly greater detail than the tutorials are the books greatest advantage over the tutorials - aside from being able to take it anywhere.
The 900 page book would probably fit into a little more than 500 pages if it weren't for the constant code duplication throughout. In the first few chapters every example (including the HTML) is duplicated in both C# and VB.NET. In later chapters they do not duplicate the HTML but much of the code is still shown in both languages. This is nice to be able to illustrate the differences between the two languages but it gets quite repetitious after the first few dozen times. I found myself skipping over large sections of repeated code where the biggest difference was in the trailing semi-colons. In a couple of cases I skipped over more than 10 pages befroe finding the code explanations. Even the small code snippets being expalined were often duplicated.
Over all it is a solid book and is useful in its more detailed explanations and samples. Despite the claim that no prior experience is needed with ASP pages it would definitely be a plus. If you are new to ASP.Net and want a good introductory text then this would be a solid book for you but it by no means should be your only book. I gave it four stars because only 3 would have been equal to a 6 on a 10 point scale and that would have been too low, a solid 3 1/2 is more realistic.