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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't Give up your Day Job!


If you want to be a stand-up comic, don't give up your day job. The humor embedded in this book might have been funny in the 1980s or 1990s, but it is completely inappropriate in this day and age. IT is a serious job these days and companies can no longer afford to be administered and managed by hobbiests. I was offended by the lack of respect the author had toward the serious role of network administration and management. I also found that a lot of the humor was not even applicable to Windows 2003 (might have been applicable to Windows NT4 or Windows 2000, but Windows 2003 has proven to be an extremely stable, reliable, and secure operating system right out of the box!)
No doubt the author is brilliant and really understands Windows, however I hope if he writes a 2nd edition of this book he rewrites the book to be applicable to Windows 2003 and not replay old jokes cut/pasted from previous versions of books he has written.
There are plenty of other books on Windows 2003 that provide a more professional, more objective perspective of the implementation, administration, and support of the operating system. For IT professionals that are serious about their roles, buy a book that provides real world helpful information.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XDoclet in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Craig Walls, Norman Richards
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A superbly accessible and useful primer


The collaboration of XDoclet seasoned experts and enthusiasts Craig Walls and Norman Richards, XDoclet In Action is a truly user-friendly introduction and guide to the metadata-driven, code generation engine for Java called XDoclet, and its many uses. A wealth of instructions, examples, and sample code lay out how XDoclet can be used with EJBs, Servlets, JMX, and other technologies, as well as customized or out-of-the-box uses to which XDoclet can be put for one's specific needs. A superbly accessible and useful primer, reference, and self-teaching tool, XDoclet In Action is a welcome addition to the computer reference shelf.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Hidden Power of Photoshop Elements 2
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Richard Lynch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Creative Freedom


I have to say I'm flabergasted over this book!!! Being a professional photographer and having used Photoshop for a long time, I doubted the usefullness of Elements when I bought it. As I worked with it, I found it to be a great "backup" program for me to Photoshop. Mainly because I could accomplish several of the same tasks that I did in Photoshop, only quicker and less labor-intensive.
Then along came this book. I hesitated for a long time before buying it...my line of thinking being that I had all these tools in Photoshop and I knew how to use them, so why buy the book. I just decided what the hell, bought it, and couldn't believe it when I tried the tools. I can accomplish all the same things in Elements that I do in Photoshop ver batim. Now if only we could get a plug-in for the healing brush......hey Richard...are ya reading this for when PSE 3 comes out????
I would like to address the Portland, Oregon reviewer's comments. If you're having that much trouble, I suggest you either learn how to operate your computer, learn how to use Elements and the plug-ins, or find something else to do. Richard Lynch did an excellent job of writing this book. There's strength in numbers, and all the reviews except for yours liked the book and the software that came with it and it doesn't appear that anybody else is having trouble running it.
In short, Elements is a great program, Hidden Power is an excellent book that opens up the full creativity of Elements. I highly recommend both!!!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not for Beginners


What has said about this terrible book has already been said below. I borrowed this book from a friend and couldn't get head or tail out of this book. I can't understand why the first few reviews are so glowing and am writing to push down the star ratings.