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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows 2000 & Windows Server 2003 Clustering & Load Balancing
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Robert Shimonski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clusters made easy

I am not one to spend hours reading through 900 page books to learn something, so this book was just perfect for me. If you want to get 2000 or 2003 set up in a redundant fashion, this is your book. Augmented with Technet I was able to get everything done. This book only covers the fundamantals of clustering on both platforms so if you want to go into more depth in specific areas, then you should use this book with other resources, but if you simply need to cluster or load balance Windows 2000 and 2003, then this is all you need. Since the book is listed on Microsoft's site as a resource, I picked it up and I am glad I did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book with great images

I've looked at many Photoshop books that were supposed to be aimed at digital photographers, but they all spent too much time discussing what camera to buy, etc. I already have a very good camera and wanted to know how to use Photoshop to address specific problems and techniques. This book does that extremely well! Full color images throughout and very clear instructions with a a nice touch of humor along the way. Just reading a few pages has already saved me time in fixing some images will a color cast.I recommend this book without hesitation.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSD .NET Solution Architectures Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-300)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Randy Cornish, Don Pavoni, Thomas Moore, Eric Rockenbach, Ed Tittel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not what I was looking for ...

It is a pleasure to study for a Microsoft Exam and actually learn something along the way. This book is well conceived and well written. It covers all of the material necessary to pass the .NET Solution Architectures exam. In fact, it includes enough real-world knowledge and background information that I would suggest it for learning about Microsoft architectures even if you aren't planning to take the exam.
Other reviewers have written about the execellent references that the book provides, so I won't repeat all of that here, except to say that the book was published after the exam came out and that some of the material in the book is more up-to-date than what is being tested by Microsoft. This will not pose a problem for the person taking the test, however.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Improves the way you code !

This is one of the best Java programming book I've ever read, and I plan to reread it ! This book definitevely improves the way you code by providing example of do's and don'ts, together with their justifications. Refactoring, used in conjunction with JUnit (a Java testing framelet), is what could best happen to us OO developers after Design Patterns ! I would recommend the book to any experienced or beginner OO programmer. And, good news, it's fun to read !