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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 MCSE Core Requirements Training Kit (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Dry, Dry, Dry

Unfortunately the Microsoft MCSE books are a true chore to plough through. The material is extremely dry and presented in a non-user friendly way. There are few graphics, no color, and no stories about how to apply concepts to real life. Furthermore, the books are very repetitious and they leave the user wondering what is the most important material for the exams. I think Microsoft Press should go back to the drawing board and make these books intersting to read and presented in a user-friendly manner.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PostfixThe Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kyle D. Dent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a great book.

After over a month of trying to get my first email server up and running using the try a setting, see what happens method, I finally gave up and bought this book. Now I'm in business.

Everywhere I read, people claimed the easiest to configure MTA was postfix, so that is why I began to use it. True, the documention on the website is helpful and so are the included examples, but if you don't have the concepts down, that is useless.

Thats where this great book comes in. This book isn't just a paper copy of the online docs, unlike most other computer books. It explains what stuff is, does, and what it means. I can read the config file just fine, I just don't know what the settings do. For example, the online docs showed how to setup masquerading and examples, but never told me what that meant. From a newbie standpoint, the masquerade meant the same thing as an alias. Well, those words mean the same thing. I need the vocabulary from the book to help me understand. Conanical is a common work in computer land? Maybe in Silicon Valley but not in NJ.

A glowing chapter is DNS and e-mail which more than pays for the entire book. Not only to I understand DNS better, I can setup a backup mail system. Another great thing is the author shows you an entire setup zone file in one chunk, instead of line by line explanations and never showing you the whole thing put together. DNS and Bind book anyone? For shame.

Also, The Hosting Multiple Domains is a fantastic chapter.

Anyways, if you are lost and feeling like and idiot like I was, get this book. Thanks Mr. Dent for a fantastic book that is clear and easy to understand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: W. J. Gilmore
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Jason Gilmore Truly Takes the PHP Novice to Professional

Prior to acquiring Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL From Novice to Professional I had acquired a half dozen books on these subjects. I have found some to be excellent in areas, but typically they tend to make significant assumptions about the learner. I was surprised to find Jason Gilmore's recent contribution to the literature to be an exception. The goal of taking the learner from novice to professional is addressed well in this book. I found the chapters on the basics of PHP and MySQL to be an excellent review for me, but it was in his transition to more advanced subjects that Gilmore demonstrates his art. I particularly enjoyed his discussion of arrays. It is thorough, well organized and interesting. Likewise, the subjects of Error and Exception Handling, and Strings and Regular Expressions are managed well.

The chapters dedicated to object-oriented programming capabilities, including the new capabilities in PHP 5 will not disappoint the reader. I found that his explanations clarified concepts that had remained a little fuzzy after reading other books on PHP.

Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL is not just a book for beginners, although beginners will feel comfortable with it. Jason Gilmore's goal is clearly to take the novice quickly to a point at which the new programmer can build professional applications. Subjects such as PHP and LDAP, Templating with Smarty, and Web Services allow the PHP novice to make that transition while enjoying the consistency of a single author/tutor. That is important because this is an author/tutor who has a special feel for the needs of the learner.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCP: Oracle9i Certification Kit
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Chip Dawes, Biju Thomas, Doug Stuns, Matthew Weishan, Joseph C. Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Really good study guide

The content and the style is really comprehensive and easy to understand. The best part is the closeness to the actual exam.
There are so many books to learn about Oracle but by using this book and exam sim from whizlabs, I could easily cracked the exam.
I'll highly recommed it.
Best wishes,Sunil