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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Develop Good Habits

There is nothing worse than sloppy code! You can dress sloppy, you can speak sloppy, you can live in a pig's sty, but please don't develop sloppy code for other's to take care of.
Read this book and follow the suggestions, and you will place yourself on the elite side of the bell curve with respect to your programming skills.

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
Makes Active Directory a breeze

I am half through chapter 2 of (Mastering Win2k Server, 2nd edition) and I have never read anything like it. I read a ton of articles and white papers about active directory and nothing came even close to the simplicity and fun of what I have read so far. I think Mr Minasai is well worth his reputation and I will buy his LINUX book for sure. By The way, against Mr. Mainasai's advice, I am using this book to prepare for the Win2k upgrade exam !!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Helped me learn how to use COM in 1 week

The book is definitely a starting point for the beginners. Covers the basic architecture to a good extent, explains registry details to a large extent for inproc as well as Local server. But, it should have covered more details of writing the idl file for the developers who prefers to write every component detail on their own.
On the whole, good book for beginners.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing a Digital Portfolio (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Cynthia L. Baron
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the Best Books on the Topic

This is one of the best books on its topic that I have ever seen. From the title, I expected to find advice on preparing images for the screen, how to put them on a CD or DVD, etc. Those things are there, but the book begins in a logical place that I wouldn't have considered. Brown's approach is truly holistic.

Check out page 23 for the first page of a three-page self assessment check list. It has you evaluate your professional strengths and weaknesses, goals and personality.

Chapter 3 asks you a bunch of questions to help you identify who your audience really is and focus on them.

The rest of the book covers various digital formats, how to organize your work, how to get images of 3D and oversized work into your portfolio, including choosing a camera and setting up for shooting.

Ms. Brown covers editing your images to remove the most common problems, such as moire, sharpening needs, bad crops, etc. And ... she devotes a section to creating written content to accompany your stunning images, telling you how to write to that audience you defined earlier.

She explains the differences between a monitor screen and a printed page. You need to know that to design the correct interface for your portfolio. She also has a full chapter devoted to marketing and copyright issues.

The entire book is scattered with quotes (in friendly green type) from experts and those who have gone before you. The quotes tell you what agencies are looking for in a portfolio, how others have found success at this, what things you can do to streamline the process, etc.