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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

This book starts with an overview of code generation and how and why XDoclet fits into your development projects. Xdoclet can generate code, deployment descriptors and configuration files. The authors fully explain how XDoclet integrates with Ant. If you understand Ant, you can easily follow the examples.

The authors then go through tutorials on how to use XDoclet with different aspects of Java development, EJB, web layer, JMX, Struts, etc. The example code and xml files are well documented and easy to follow. One of the best parts is the summary sections that how you how you benefited from using XDoclet and the number of files (code and deployment descriptors) that XDoclet generated for you. The last part of the book is a reference section, so this book is all you need to start using XDoclet.

Reading this book will also give you guidelines on the proper way to code a J2EE application using design patterns and source code organization. The authors cannot explain every topic covered in great detail, so you must understand the underlying framework (Struts, Hibernate, etc.) to use XDoclet, which is summed up by their admonition, "Don't generate what you don't understand." This book shows you how to solve real-world problems with XDoclet solutions. I would recommend this book (and XDoclet) to every Java developer.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Executive's Guide to Information Technology
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jon Piot, John Baschab
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Six stars for content, business value, pragmatism & style

This is a "best book" for Executives and Managers responsible for IT management related decisions and practices. Therefore I rank it with "6"! stars. Peter de Toma, Austria, Europe.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VB and VBA in a Nutshell: The Languages
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Lomax
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A reference for experienced VB, C++ Windows programmers

This book is a *focused* reference manual for VB. By that I mean that it does not attempt to cover every obscure feature, but is also quite complete in its coverage of what a professional programmer wants. The second part of the book (alphabetical language reference) includes an especially useful feature called "Programming Tips & Gotchas" which points out non-intuitive features, undocumented features, and, dare I suggest it -- bugs in the product. There's professional-quality depth here -- I'm very pleased with this purchase.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Active Directory: A System Administrator's Guide, Second Edition (Microsoft Windows Server System)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Sakari Kouti, Mika Seitsonen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Absolutely the Best Single Book on AD

Inside Active Directory: A System Administrator's Guide is a complete, detailed, thorough, comprehensive, single-volume reference specifically designed for managing Active Directory, the foundation technology within Windows 2000 distributed networks. From design, architecture, and topology, to deployment, management issues, and administering an entire network operating environment, Inside Active Directory is the ideal "how to" reference and a highly recommended reference ideal for the novice and invaluable for even the more experienced user.