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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Log Parser Toolkit
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Gabriele Giuseppini, Mark Burnett, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learn how to harness the power of Log Parser!

Log Parser is a Swiss-army knife tool that provides users with a powerful set of basic features that analyze, slice, and report on a large variety of information.
The idea of writing this book stemmed from the realization that most of the Log Parser users find it difficult to harness the power of the tool and discover how to customize and use its basic features to complete the task at hand.
"The Microsoft Log Parser Toolkit" has been written by users that have been employing the tool for years to manage their IT systems, and shows the scripts, queries, and tricks that they use on their jobs.
The first chapter gives you a thorough understanding of the Log Parser SQL-like language (how do I filter Event Log entries? How do I search for specific Web requests in time? How do I calculate statistics?), introduces you to the many input and output formats supported by version 2.2 (including the newest ADS, TSV, and NETMON input formats and the CHART and SYSLOG output formats), and delves into those little-known additional features that enhance this tool's productivity (including incremental parsing and output multiplexing).
The next 10 chapters provide solutions and working examples for all the problems that can be quickly solved with Log Parser.
With these chapters you will learn how to script the tool features, how to write input format plug-ins to provide your own data to Log Parser, and how to best employ its input and output formats to create charts, reports, and web applications.
You will see techniques used by the authors to perform security auditing and intrusion detection, to analyze server performance, and to manage and monitor IIS servers.
Regardless of whether you are new to Log Parser, or if you are an experienced user, this book will give you new ideas and discover a few new tricks that you never thought of before!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Simon Robinson, K. Scott Allen, Ollie Cornes, Jay Glynn, Zach Greenvoss, Burton Harvey, Christian Nagel, Morgan Skinner, Karli Watson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exellent Book

This is truly a useful book, and my primary reference in parallel with the MSDN documentation. That is, it does not merely parrot the C# documentation, but supplements it. It gives behind-the-scenes insights, as well as useful application examples and snippets. It's as good as a 1272 page book on this expansive subject can get.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book for both advanced and beginner users

How Computers Work is a very informative book that it is put out so you can understand it. Some of the things that this book covers are very advanced that I wasn't too sure about. However, I think that this book is not just for beginners, it covers very complex information for people who are very computer literate, yet, even that is very easy to understand. I would recommend it to everyone who uses a computer.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Practical Guide to Solaris
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mark G. Sobell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Solaris made easy

I knew next to nothing about Solaris about 3 months ago. This book took me from that point to my current state which is preparing to become a Certified Solaris Administrator. You will find this book useful whether you are new to UNIX or are a knowlegeable Sys Admin who needs a reliable referrence.