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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Microsoft Windows Driver Model, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Walter Oney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
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This book was a valuable resource for my successful driver development project.
For newbie's, the book is a great companion to the DDK. The text provides simple and concise sample code. The examples on the CD-ROM are a great way to start exploring driver programming concepts using a kernel debugger. The DDK samples are far too complicated for understanding the fundamentals, so use the book to get started and then the DDK samples will be much easier to comprehend.
I recommend that you read through the entire book at a high enough level that you don't get caught up in the details. Next, find the chapter and sample driver that is most appropriate for your task and get started. Throughout the rest of development, you'll reference various parts of the book to understand the details and avoid the hidden pitfalls in kernel mode programming.
For experts, the book provides comprehensive treatment of the topic. It's full of tips and suggestions based on real-world experience. Many of the driver components on the CD-ROM can be integrated into real drivers in order to reduce development time and complexity. If you are creating a production driver that you intend to ship to real customers, the book will also provide you many options for creating a top-notch user experience during the install process. WHQL and driver security issues are addressed as well.
The author updates the CD-ROM sources in service packs located on the web site. These updates are based on his continuing work and feedback from readers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
For Twice the Price Go Buy The CD With All 6 Books


If you are serious about learning and using Perl, buy the CD. Go search for it on Amazon- "The Perl CD Bookshelf". Read my review on the CD.
Otherwise, this is a solid book for learning Perl. However, some newbies may find it a little too advanced. I would suggest starting with "Perl & Cgi: The Visual Quickstart Guide". It will get you on your feet quickly. Then advance to this book, or the CD, or even both.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Engineering (6th Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ian Sommerville
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
LOTS TO LEARN FROM THIS BOOK


This is a horrible book with lots of un-popular terminologies and using abbreviated words, I believe that we can live with "it is likely to" instead of "it is prone that". Furthermore, lack of descriptive volcabulary, eg, "inevitably" had been used more than 10 times in just one single chapter, and countlessly in total.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Dark Side Sourcebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, J.D. Wiker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Putting some light on the Darkside


This book, in short, is a must have item for any Game Master. It is loaded with information from the Sith era on up and backed by excellent art and photos. Information only hinted at in the Core rule book is fully explained and new feats and skills aplenty. Further it is not limited to the Sith- Emperor's Hand,and Imperial Guard, to name a couple are detailed. Further a galaxys' worth of NPC's and complete revised stats on your favorite Darksiders from the movies. Nothing is left untouched. The icing on the cake are numerous helpful GM tips on running a Darkside campaign. In close, I would even recommend this book to non-players who are fans of Star Wars, due to the volume of information, photos, and all around great reading.