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103. iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing
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101. Word 2002 for Dummies
by DanGookin
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Asin: 0764508393
Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
Publisher: For Dummies
Sales Rank: 42606
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Writing on a computer isn't such a big deal anymore. In fact, today it's the typewriter that gets the double take. Chances are very good that if you're going to write anything, you'll be using a computer with word processing software, and you'll very likely be using a PC with some variation of Windows and Microsoft Word to help you.

But Word is such a massive program that does much more than merely process words. Do you really need to know all the bells and whistles, the command options and the typographical mumbo jumbo? Probably not. If you're like most Word users, all you want to know is a few answers to some tiny questions.

For this, you've found your book. Word 2002 For Dummies will show you the basics of using this dynamic program and have you quickly doing things like

  • Saving your stuff
  • Cutting and pasting a block of text
  • Quickly finding your place in a large document
  • Aligning paragraphs
  • Throwing together a quick yet elegant table
  • Using a document template

Remember, there's nothing scary about Word. Nothing dangerous. It just may be unfamiliar to you. This guide makes it familiar, providing you with critical information such as

  • The bare essentials of Word, including moving the cursor, editing text, searching and replacing, marking blocks, and spell checking.
  • Formatting text . . . characters, lines, paragraphs, pages, and entire documents.
  • Sprucing up your document with borders, shading, tables, columns, and other interesting goobers.
  • Creating stuff, from letters and envelopes to greeting cards and labels.

You don't need to be a technogeek to master the workings of Microsoft Word. But you do need some guidance. Let our informative yet not-too-serious computer guru, Dan Gookin – author of the very first For Dummies book and 80 other computer titles – show you the way. ... Read more

102. Mastering Windows NT Server 4 (7th Edition)
by Mark Minasi
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Asin: 0782126936
Catlog: Book (2000-01-01)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 4.54 out of 5 stars
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Here is the newest edition of the #1 best-selling NT Server bookin the world! This landmark, must-have, 1650-page hardcover edition(with CD) is massively revised with 300 pages of new material,including new chapters on Internet Information Server, ZeroAdministration for Windows, registry secrets, and more. A high-level,irreverent, yet readable explanation of NT Server in the Enterpriseprovides the best discussion of NT architecture and TCP/IP in print,and includes scores of undocumented secrets, tips, tricks, andworkarounds. If you call Microsoft with an NT question, they can chargeup to $150! If this book answers only one of your questions, you'vesaved nearly $100! This edition has a CD that includes scores of NTutilities and programs, plus the entire text and figures of the book asa fully-searchable electronic book! ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars This is a good guide to installing and using NT 4.
When I purchased this book two years ago, my experience with NT was somewhat limited. I had just started a new job as a network administrator, and was studying to earn my MCSE credential as well.

I found this book to be very helpful: it doesn't overwhelm the reader with techincal jargon, yet provides good explanations as to how things works. It is also well organized, making it easy to look up topics of interest.

You will not become an MCSE by reading this book; there are other books and training materials specifically designed to accomplish that goal. If you are looking for a good book to provide you with a basic understanding of installing and using NT Server 4.0, then I would definitely recommend it.

5-0 out of 5 stars How Mark Minasi's Book Helped Me Get My First SA Job
I wish there were a place where you could rate the "Author" and not just the book. I own many of Mr. Minasi's books and he never fails to meet my expectations of just how much information he can successfully impart to the reader. I stress the words "successfully impart" because this author's style is so clear and his analogies are so "on point" that he is able to make you understand concepts that other books fail to properly convey. Oh and as an extra: he throws in his quirky sense of humor, thus bringing some welcomed comic relief to those of us who read dull tech stuff all day long. This book is the first "Mark Minasi" book I ever owned and I haven't stopped buying books authored by him since.
At the time I purchased this book, I already owned two other books which endeavored to teach NT 4.0 Server.
Plain and simple: after reading this book from cover to cover I was able to obtain my first job as a junior system administrator. I failed to meet that goal with the other books.
I am currently enrolled in a course to prepare for the Windows 2000 MCSE. Of interest to all those pursuing this same path I say this: While studying for the W2K tests I referred constantly to this book in order to put into perspective the changes in Windows 2K relative to Windows NT 4.0.
One last note: The TCP/IP section in this book is incredibly well written. Mr. Minasi takes a very esoteric topic and lays down a brilliant foundation for the beginner.
More than saying I would recommend this book, I say... I would recommend this Author!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars COOL
everyone out on the job in the ICT-world should have this one ! I can't wait for the W2K edition to come out !

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Always a pleasure to read.
Mark always writes in such a way that he make the driest of subject interesting to read. Yes sometimes there is some stuff in each chapter. A sidetrack or extra information that's not necessary. However that is what makes him so easy to read. I often find myself reading long after the time I allotted myself to. One topic always leads my interest to another. This ease of reading greatly helped me obtain my MCSE, with earlier versions. I bought this update to NT 4.0, as it's being phased out, to get the latest and greatest for SP6. I purchase and have read threw months ago, sorry it has taken me so long to write the review. As with all of Marks books, when there is a revision (which SP6 created the need for), it's worth getting. I will be able to better support my Windows NT 4.0 servers until they're in there grave. I also recommend his Windows 2000 books, which I own a few of. The only thing I miss about Marks writing is his PC Upgrading & Maintenance book. The best thing about this author is he writes like he talks and talks like he writes. If you get the chance to hear him speak, you'll buy all of his books on topics you need. I came to this conclusion when I attended a tech. conference, Chicago in April of 2000. Thanks, Mark

5-0 out of 5 stars This is THE Book
If I had just one reference book for NT 4.0, this would be it. It gives you all the information you really need. ... Read more

103. iMovie 4 & iDVD: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue
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Asin: 0596006934
Catlog: Book (2004-07)
Publisher: Pogue Press
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You may not have paused (a pun!) to think about it, but we're living in the golden age of home movies. Forget dad's old Super-8 films and the stinky celluloid in grandma's basement: A reasonably priced digital video camera and a Macintosh computer give you the ability to not only record moving images, but modify and assemble them in order to tell stories more effectively than ever. David Pogue, Mac maven, shows you how to make movies using iMovie and iDVD, the video editing and burning software that ship with all modern iMacs. iMovie and iDVD: The Missing Manual documents its two eponymous programs fully, but without straying from the tone of lighthearted competence that characterizes Pogue's best work.

This book includes plenty of nods to total Mac novices--the author explains such terms as resolution and pixel--but appeals as well to competent Mac users who just happen not to be cinamatographers. Obvious stuff that authors often neglect--such as the approximate disk-space requirements of movies of various lengths--appears in this book. Plus, Pogue makes extensive use of a question-and-answer format (particularly in sidebars) that's simultaneously easy to read and extraordinarily fact-dense. This is the book you need if you're planning to do any video work with an iMac. --David Wall

Topics covered: How to use Apple iMovie and iDVD to record, edit, and publish digital video. It's a soup-to-nuts treatment, covering selection of a camera, filming (including lighting and composition), assembling clips into a meaningful narrative, adding special effects and titles, and burning the product to DVD for distribution. ... Read more

104. Mark Minasi's Windows XP and Server 2003 Resource Kit
by Mark Minasi
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Catlog: Book (2003-05-05)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Find everything you need to successfully implement and maintain your Windows XP/.NET Server network with this one-of-a-kind resource. A massive compilation of more than 4,000 pages, Mark Minasi's Windows XP/.NET Server Resource Kit delivers complete Windows XP/.NET Server coverage in one definitive collection. From the challenges of improving real-world network performance to customizing the desktop and other features, this box set has it all. Never again will you have to struggle to find the right information to keep your Windows XP/.NET Server network running smoothly. This essential resource kit features the World's #1 NT/Windows .NET Server networking book, Mastering Windows .NET Server, complimented by three other companion titles. Box set includes: Mastering Windows .NET Server, by Mark Minasi; Mastering Windows XP Professional, Second Edition by Mark Minasi; Mastering Windows XP Registry, by Peter Hipson; Mastering Active Directory for Windows .NET Server 2003, by Robert King ... Read more

105. Visual Basic .NET For Experienced Programmers
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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Asin: 0130461318
Catlog: Book (2002-08-14)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
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Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars This book helps you get up to speed on VB .NET quickly
I recently finished reading Visual Basic .NET for Experienced Programmers by Deitel, Deitel, Nieto, and Yaeger, and found it to be very well written and a great tool to learn Visual Basic .NET. The book covers all the important aspects of Visual Basic .NET (the IDE, object-oriented approach, graphical user interface, multithreading, XML, ADO .NET, ASP .NET and Web services, and the mobile Internet) in approximately 1000 pages - quite a feat. Each chapter contains several entire programs ('Live-code examples') and thorough explanations of the code, to illustrate the concepts covered in the chapter. Some of the sample programs are fun, such as dice, tic tac toe, and blackjack games. The book provides clear explanations of why and how things works (chapters on ASP .NET - chapters 17 and 18 - are especially good at making the complexities make sense). The authors also emphasize the terminology of object-oriented programming (explaining terms such as composition, self-referential classes, and abstract data types).

The only minor complaint I have about the book is that it doesn't provide any programming assignments (except for one small task) for the reader.

Although I haven't read other books on Visual Basic .NET (other than approximtely 100 pages of Balena's Visual Basic .NET Core Reference - which I found tedious), I feel that by reading and studying the Deitel book you will gain a solid base of knowledge about Visual Basic .NET.

5-0 out of 5 stars It deserves its price more than twice
It is easy to read. You must keep it on your desk as long as you continue programming in Visual Basic. I have found different programming styles and approaches. Actually I did not finish it yet. It is not easy to read it all in few weeks. It is filled up with knowledge of programming. I can suggest this book to any visual basic programmer. Because They can use this styles and approaches in VB 6.0, 5.0 etc too. Maybe you will learn this knowledge in two years but with this book you will make it very short. Time is money. So go on...

1-0 out of 5 stars boring,boring, boring, avoid!
This is a rehash of the same Deitel style textbook which I suffered through in school. They were boring, boring boring then, they are boring boring boring now.

You would be much better off buying Gary Cornell's great book from Apress which has a similar title. It's much cheaper, much better written and it's not boring, boring, boring. Unlike the Deitel's, Cornell can teach real programmers with boring them.

The Deitel's seem to have created an industry of writing boring wordy textbooks and now they want to move into the Apress/Microsoft Press/O'Reilly space for books about .NET.

They don't offer anything over the established books that I have praised elsewhere so do yourself a favor and get the Apress book by Cornell. Then get the Balena book from Microsoft Press to learn how to apply .NET and you won't need anything more. With these books you'll learn a lot more and you'll save money to boot over the Deitel book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific VB.NET book-- explores both Technical&Programming
This book is intended for experienced programmers. I enjoy this book because of its wide-spread detailed coverage of all advanced topics in a realistic approach. Apart from that the 559 illustrations and figures help every one to get a clear picture about the concept. The way of presenting the matter in the book is excellent. Nice work!
Using the .NET Framework, Microsoft Visual Basic developers can build robust applications that were very difficult to write in previous versions of Visual Basic. This book provides all the essentials of VB.NET with example-rich practical manner.
In Particular the explanation about Object-oriented Programming concepts, GUI concepts, Multithreading, ADO.NET, ASP.NET and ASP.NET Web Services is outstanding.

The usage of wireless applications is rising rapidly. Within few years, the number of people browsing the Web from wireless devices will exceed the number browsing from desktop computers. This book provides all the details about the Mobile Internet Tool Kit. They introduce mobile Web controls and mobile Web Forms that can be used to create ASP .NET applications that target a wide range of mobile devices. This book also covers device-specific rendering and how to consume a Web service from a mobile Web application.

"Terrific VB.NET book which explores both Technical content and Programming info, by which readers can gain everything to fabricate next generation of .NET Applications."

Key Features of this Book:

1.Realistic, example-rich coverage of: Objects, Structured exception handling, Delegates, Inheritance, Interfaces, Polymorphism and Overloading.
2.Detailed coverage of Mobile Internet Tool Kit.
3.Comprehensive coverage of advanced topics such as Windows Forms, ASP.NET, ADO.NET, ASP.NET Web services, network programming and XML Processing. 4.Featuring 192 Live-code programs and 319 Programming Tips. ... Read more

106. The Cathedral & the Bazaar (paperback)
by Eric S. Raymond
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Catlog: Book (2001-01-15)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Sales Rank: 19024
Average Customer Review: 3.97 out of 5 stars
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Open source provides the competitive advantage in the Internet Age.According to the August Forrester Report, 56 percent of IT managersinterviewed at Global 2,500 companies are already using some type ofopen source software in their infrastructure and another 6 percent willinstall it in the next two years. This revolutionary model forcollaborative software development is being embraced and studied bymany of the biggest players in the high-tech industry, from SunMicrosystems to IBM to Intel. The Cathedral & the Bazaar is a must for anyone who caresabout the future of the computer industry or the dynamics of theinformation economy. Already, billions of dollars have been made andlost based on the ideas in this book. Its conclusions will be studied,debated, and implemented for years to come. According to Bob Young,"This is Eric Raymond's great contribution to the success of the opensource revolution, to the adoption of Linux-based operating systems,and to the success of open source users and the companies thatsupply them." The interest in open source software development has grownenormously in the past year. This revised and expanded paperbackedition includes new material on open source developments in 1999 and2000. Raymond's clear and effective writing style accurately describingthe benefits of open source software has been key to itssuccess. With major vendors creating acceptance for open sourcewithin companies, independent vendors will become the open sourcestory in 2001. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I could not put it down!
I read it in one evening. It was extremely well written. Eric Raymond is a hacker with a tremendous command of the English language. He imparts information and his beliefs in a way that even non-geeks should understand. I gave it to my boss and he was fascinated also. This book is an important work that juxtaposes the traditional "Cathedral" style of software development (i.e. Microsoft) with the contemorary "Bazaar" style in which open source software is written (i.e. Linux). It explains how hackers all over the world somehow came together to form a formidable revolution of open source software. Linus Torvalds started it. Eric Raymond explained it. Long live the revolution! I have been using Linux for 2 years so I am partial of course. But ask yourself - Why would you pay for mediocre software, created by good people with bad deadlines, when you can get better software, created by good people for the love of it, for free, that is better supported?

3-0 out of 5 stars Open Source - the big debate
While the book is quite interesting, it is not well organized, and trails off at the end like an unfinished term paper. Raymond has become the spokesperson for the OSI (Open Source Initiative) and is now its president. The problem is that many of his arguments don't even stand up within the Open Source Community, let alone in the software world at large. While Open Source has been effective in creating a compelling OS as an academic endeavor, now that Open Source has gone "commercial", the arguments no longer hold water.

Even within the Open Source community many people are refusing to release their source code. This concept of development worked fine while students and enthusiasts were working collaboritvely on the Linux OS, but it will be interesting to see how this holds up as the community goes out and attempts to make money on their works. Open Source development only seems to work as long as those contributing don't intent to commercialize their offerings.

None-the-less this book is a good read for anyone interested in the Open Source debate, as Raymond was the first to articulte the process and the ideals. Good food for thought.

1-0 out of 5 stars Important but misguided book
The Open Source movement had done for Computer Science what Creationism tried to to to the field of Biology. A political mass movement that has turned many in the field against the computer industry. For academics, this dogmatic illogical movement is nevertheless appealing, because it offers an opportunity to situate intellectuals and "hackers" into a false position of importance in the history and evolution of the computer industry.

3-0 out of 5 stars OSS Business Model
The major problem with this book is that ER NEVER really
discusses the "business model" used by the "software" industry
which is more of a form racketeering and money laundering
than any legitimate model. Since he does not do this and
does not offer a viable alternative business model - he
doomed open source to a quick death. Had he taken this
issue more seriously,Enron,WorldCom,Auther Andersen and Perigrine
debacles might have been avoided.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Anthropology of Hackerdom
Eric Raymond is the Margaret Mead of the Open Source movement. His analysis of the gift culture as a model for explaining why hackers write software without recieving direct financial compensation is original, and as far as I know, unique. The economic implications are vast: if programmers write programs as a hobby, and do not stand in need of income for doing so (assume that they have day jobs), with rewards being in the form of status and reputation, then why buy the equivalent of what they're giving away?
Linux is the focus of this branch of the hacker-programming movement, which can also be seen at work in Apache and Java. The nature of the movement - everyone agreeing to play by Open Source rules, a leader (Linus Torvalds) who sets goals but does not exert formal authority, and a market (the Bazaar) where knowledge is dispersed throughout, reminds one of the Austrian Economists, who believed that a system operating as a spontaneous order would show greater productivity than a command economy, because of the exponentially greater amount of brain power in use. Raymond makes much the same point, when he argues that, "With enough eyes, all bugs are shallow."
For Microsoft, this is a deadly threat. Proprietary software and operating systems are expensive, to develop and to buy. If Open Source products are seen as being of like kind and quality, them software becomes a commodity, and branded, proprietary products, and the businesses that sell them, are facing inevitible decline in their core market.
If Raymond's thesis is correct (I believe, as a layman, that it is), then by 2010, Windows may have gone the way of the British Empire - living in memore (digital or otherwise) only.
-LLoyd A. Conway ... Read more

107. The Complete Internet and World Wide Web Programming Training Course (2nd Edition)
by Deitel & Associates, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto, Deitel, Associates
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Catlog: Book (2001-11-30)
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5-0 out of 5 stars One more diamond from the Deitel family
I started using the Deitel books while taking C and C++ courses in college. Since then, I followed with Java, Visual Basic, and now this latest gem, Internet & World Wide Web. As always, the example listings are wonderfully documented and the text is very clear. The accompanying CD like those with their other books are of exceptional quality. That is, unlike many other book CDs, these will work in your world on your machine. Until I can take one of their classes, the book will be the best source of hands-on listings, examples and exercises to learn how to program web applications. Like their other books, there are helpful 'tips' and 'common programming errors' sections that bring the objective of writing functional well-written programs into sharp focus.

This Internet book has excellent working listings to demonstrate and explain ActiveX, SQL, ADO, Perl and e-Commerce. The accompanying CD really does have MUCH more.

3-0 out of 5 stars Best Deitel book I've read...
I've read the Deitel Java, VB and C++ books prior to this. All of these books were marred by poor color choices (text and background), errors in the code and the fact that you needed a teacher to explain the book to you. This is not the case with this book. It's seems the Old guy and the Young guy have learned a thing or two about what students require in a learning guide. This book is for Internet Explorer ONLY. No examples of cross browser code is here. This book alone will NOT make you a web developer but what it will do is start you down that path. I do have some complaints though. This book, like the others, is designed for the classroom. That being said you will get the most from it in a classroom setting with a competant teacher. My recommendation to the Guys is to have a public book available that has the answers to the questions in an appendix along with the complete chapter ending projects on a CD. Keep a separate edition for the classroom use.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book If You Want to Do Web Programming!!
The university that I attend to highly recommends this book and it's been used for the past 5 years. This book has helped many students and myself achieve high grades. It's easy explainable plus a great introduction to ASP and XML which is so demanding in the job market today. I urge everyone to check this book out!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Easy to read and to understand. I garanty that you will be following without any problems.Like their other books, there are helpful 'tips' and 'common programming errors' sections that bring the objective of writing functional well-written programs into sharp focus.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great book for Teaching!
I am using "Internet and World Wide Web How to Program", in a couple of classes I teach at a local college. It is fine text for teaching or self studying web programming. I strongly recommend it to everyone! ... Read more

108. Inside the C++ Object Model
by Stanley B. Lippman
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Catlog: Book (1996-05-03)
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Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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Bestselling author Stanley B. Lippman's Inside the C++ Model provides valuable insight into some of the internal workings of the C++ language. This book is a product of a decade of research at Bell Labs (where Lippman worked with C++ inventor Bjarne Stroustrup) and Lippman's considerable C++ expertise. Written with the experienced C++ programmer in mind, this book looks at how key language features are implemented underneath the hood and provides some guidelines when designing C++ classes.

This title first examines how C++ objects work--showing the differences between C++ structures and classes. The author looks carefully at the varieties of C++ constructors, including default and copy constructors, data members, and initialization.

Subsequent sections cover inheritance, including virtual inheritance, and the inner details that will help you create effective and robust data types. The author frequently points out inefficiencies (and efficiencies) that can occur when instantiating objects. The book closes with a tour of more advanced C++ language features, such as templates, exception handling, and run-time type information. This book can help make you the resident C++ language expert at your programming shop. --Richard Dragan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
...truly excellent. If you are seeking to truly UNDERSTAND C++, not just increase your familiarity with the syntax, INSIDE THE C++ OBJECT MODEL is one of the first books I would recommend reading. Stan Lippman, besides being one of the most C++ - knowledgeable humans on the planet, is an excellent writer. His style is quick, to the point, and non-repetitive (to some, this might indicate a difficult read, of course). INSIDE examines the features and additions C++ brought to the world of C - from the inside - demonstrating the creation of objects, instantiation of templates, and more through comparisons with C-based code generated by the CFRONT compiler. For the reader with a good, intermediate understanding of C++, this will be a revelation; seeing a representation of an object - its vtables and internal structure - as a construct that actually exists in memory is simultaneously enlightening and delightful. Few 1500-page texts TEACH so much as this book does in 270-odd pages. One of the best.

5-0 out of 5 stars A must for being a complete C++ programmer
This is the second book one should read after reading books like C++ programming language or C++ primer as first book on C++. This book is a complement to the above titles. It covers exactly that portion of the language which remains hidden in other books. The "real C++" is here, in this book. One cannot come across an equivalent of "Inside C++ object model". One cannot be a complete C++ programmer without knowing the facts mentioned in this book. It's unique in the sence that it carries with it irreproducible experiece and enjoyment Stan Lippman had while working on the wonderful C++ compiler. Reading the book was an unforgettable experience for me.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great for any serious C++ user
If you have been using C++ for a while now, and you REALLY want to know what is going on under the hood, read this book - and gain and again until you have memorized it. As a software architect, I use this book almost on a daily basis - most of the time to prove my case and to show what is really going on behind my design decisions.
The benchmarks are useful as they really show you what the difference between C, C++ is with various compilers. I have referred to those benchmarks more times than I can remember.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing book on the internals of C++
If you a series C++ programmer, you need this book. It's one level of abtraction above knowing how compilers work, and one level of abstraction below any advanced C++ book. It tells you what the compiler generates, and how much will is cost. Speed comparisons, and all. Object models of Inheritance, multiple inheritance, virtual inheritance, and the underlaying structure of how these things work. Great C++ book...

5-0 out of 5 stars unique book showing inards of C++
Lots of books contributed to the beaten path and few books shed lights on the dark inards.

It's the book, lifting the hood of your car, tearing the transmission apart, showing readers the internals of it. So that readers understand not only the appearances or riding, but also get how things works, reasons for features and limits, the facts and the dirty hands.

After finishing the book, readers in better position in driving and, if need, rebuilding a new C++. ... Read more

109. Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook
by Jesse Liberty
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Catlog: Book (2005-04)
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110. Professional MTS and MSMQ Programming with VB and ASP (Wrox Professional Series)
by Alex Homer, David Sussman
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Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
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If you're thinking of powering your next Web site with the latest in Microsoft Internet technologies, and you program in Visual Basic (VB), then Professional MTS and MSMQ with VB and ASP is for you. This fast-paced tutorial gives you a crash course in using Microsoft Transaction Server (MTS) and the new Microsoft Message Queue (MSMQ) Server, along with other Microsoft tools, for creating dynamic, commerce-enabled Web sites and Web-based applications. The authors provide a step-by-step guide to configuring and designing with VBScript, active server pages (ASPs) using transactions, and the new capabilities of message queuing (which permits systems to be designed with fault tolerance in mind.) Readable and to the point, this guide will likely be all you need for getting the basics of the best in designing Web sites using Microsoft's latest Web tools. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great book.
If you like examples and short concise descriptions this is the book for you. There are some typos, but overall is a great book. If you want history and philosophy try the MS Press books.

1-0 out of 5 stars Good Intro - 2 years ago
This book should never have included MSMQ in the title.It is mostly an MTS book; from 1998.MTS is now part of COM+ and while most of the concepts have survived, the implementation is different.

Don't buy it.You can get everything you need out a fifteen minute browse in your local bookstore.

3-0 out of 5 stars Professional? Maybe - Useful? Definitely
If you are new to MTS and MSMQ (which a good number of organizations are), this is a great place to start. Even after a year and a half of MTS/MSMQ programming, I still refer to this book every once in a while for helpfultips and hints. Unfortunately, though, I don't consider it a professionallevel book. Amidst all of the code samples and screen shots, real technicalinformation is missing. So, if you're looking to get into MTS and MSMQprogramming, this book can get you on the right track, but if you're anexperienced developer make sure you obtain other resources.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to MTS and MSMQ
If you are unfamiliar with MTS and MSMQ, this is a great introduction to both technologies. Once you've read this book, you'll understand the bigpicture and be ready to delve into the details. Good example code, and wellwritten. It's a real page turner.

Only minor quibble is a few minorproduction issues. For example, in my copy, there's a sticker on one pageto cover up the typos!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very good for serious developer
This book is by far the best I've read in a long time. It is apparent that the authors themselves knows whats important to focus on regarding development using IIS, MTS and or MSMQ. If you have planning to or alreadyare working in a internet/intranet/mts project this book is it. And it's abook for developers, not for administrators as some of the reviewers seemsto think. Recommended! ... Read more

111. Java in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
by David Flanagan
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Catlog: Book (2002-03)
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Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars
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The new 1.4 release of Java 2 Standard edition increases the size of the platform by 50%, to 2757 classes in 135 packages., so aall of these exciting new features, the 1.4 release of Java 2 Standard editionbrings potential for frustration. How will all this affect your applications? Don't worry, our new 4th edition has answers. With the accelerated introduction to the Java programming language and its key APIs, you can start writing code right away, and because its classic quick reference contains all the classes in the essential Java packages, you'll find exactly what you need to make the new version work for you.With more than 250 new pages, the book brings you up to speed on new APIs for high-performance low-level I/O, logging, user preference, and user authentication with the JAAS. You'll also find information on the new Collections classes, support for XML parsing using both the DOM and SAX APIs, support for pattern matching with regular expressions, and much much more. For as long as Java developers have existed, this perennial bestseller has been there to take you to the heart of the program. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply the BEST
This book is aimed at those who either already know Java or want to learn it in an efficient manner.

Some learn best from a book where the author jokes around and has all the info spread out, and slowly brings you up to speed, covering a topic, and then going back to cover it later in greater detail. The reference section would be integrated into the text in the appropriate places. If that's what you are looking for, this book is NOT for you.

For those with a previous programming background wanting a no-nonsense way to quickly learn how to program in Java, this book is EXCELLENT. There are no wasted words. The author gets down to the point and writes clearly. Each topic is covered in detail as it is presented. It is very possible to learn Java with this book and Java Examples in a Nutshell (I did it and I had no object oriented programming background, just assembly, C, and Basic). You'll also want Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell (for AWT and Swing classes and methods).

There is a great index at the back. By its thickness and detail it is obvious that a lot of time was spent here. There is a separate index from the regular text index for listing the packages, classes, and methods. If you don't know what class a method belongs to, you can quickly find it here. I find the index section to be one of the best features of the book and quite useable.

The second half of the book is the class reference. This information can be found online, but the benefits of having it in book form are many: I can write in the margins, I'm not constantly flipping back and forth between windows, I don't have to worry about the format changing, an frankly, the information is presented in a much more understandable way than the way Java decided to put it on their website.

About the reference: You wont find anything about AWT or Swing, they are in Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell. Some reviewers have claimed there are no printed tabs in the 4th edition. This is false. There are gray/black tabs printed along the edges. My only gripe here is lack of printing on the book edge of what the tabs are, but I wrote that on the edge with a pen. At the beginning of each package a class hierarchy is presented. This is invaluable, especially for the package (if you ever got lost with all the Reader and InputStream combinations this is a godsend.) In addition, the major classes will have a nice graphical chart so you can trace them back to Object. Each object has a full method list, with version numbers for those methods appearing after Java 1.0. It should be emphasized that this method list is presented in a very easy to read and visually clean format. Properties will have the default value printed. A summary of how to use most of the methods is presented before the method list. Usually this gives enough info to understand on its own, but some methods are not summarized. These summaries should be expanded in future editions to cover each method, and in greater detail. At the end of each object additional information is given about what other objects use the object, or return it. Also, there is no reason the class hierarchies can't be put at the top of every class.

One thing missing from the reference section is example code for each class. However, I can't think of a way this can be added without turning the book into an encyclopedia set. It's already very thick as it is.

I am very happy with this book. I recommend it to everyone I know as THE Java book to own. Don't take a Java class without it. I was the envy of my class, writing programs with ease. Others rewrote standard classes from scratch because they didn't know where to find them.

5 out of 5.

2-0 out of 5 stars Ruined a great reference
The java in a nutshell series was the most often used book in my arsenal off reference books. That was until now. Many of the most useful features of the previous three editions have been removed.

First the "tabs" printed on the edge of the book which would help you quickly find a package are now gone... so now I have to flip through MANY pages just tho find tha package I want...

From there I now have to find the class I am looking for, but the are not necessarily listed alphabetically anymore either. For example java.util.prefs.Preferences is on page 710, and java.util.Set on 677... ordered by package, leaving you with more to page through. Not exactly intuitive.

And the package heirarchy diagrams are gone now as well.

Its a reference book, but certinaly not a "quick" reference. I highly reccomend buying the third edition, but stay away from this one, at least untill they put the tabs back!

4-0 out of 5 stars Best guide for the working programmer
This isn't a textbook. It's a handbook, and gives good, clear descriptions of every corner of the Java language. Java isn't a big feature-sodden language, but has a few obscure corners. If you just can't remember the syntax for up-reference from an inner class, you'll find it fast and explained well.

The API guide is fairly complete, but terse. Well, it has to be - the API keep growing. No one book could hold a complete description of everything. Sad to say, earlier editions had more complete API descriptions. The second, for example, had a very good introduction to reflection. As the Java API grew, however, the old descriptions had to shrink to make way for the new, and the reflection discussion was squeezed out. Still, it gives a good quick look at the API. This isn't as complete as the Javadoc API information, but is hugely more browseable. Use this to direct your query into the right area, then use Sun's Javadoc to get the details.

If you have room for only one Java book, make it this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love my nutshell
I keep this book by my side and reference it at least twice a week. An integral part of my Java programmer's desktop library.

5-0 out of 5 stars A classic reference needed by all Java developers...
This is a LARGE nutshell! This title is meant to be one volume of a three volume set that covers the entire language. Volume two covers the foundation classes, while volume three covers the enterprise classes.

If you're just starting out with Java and you're trying to learn the language, this isn't the book for you. While Part 1 could be used as instructional material, it is truly "no fluff". It's best suited for an experienced object-oriented programmer making the leap to Java, or a Java programmer looking for a concise review. A good learning book would be "Learning Java" by Pat Neimeyer and Jonathan Knudsen from O'Reilly.

The really valuable part of this book is Part 2. Each chapter defines the classes in that package with an explanation on what it does and how it works. There's a diagram that shows the class hierarchy from the root Object class, as well as what version of Java supports that class. This is then followed by all the constructors and methods used in the class. Don't expect detailed explanations on these methods. As a nutshell book, you get all the basic info on what's available, but you'll need to experiment with some of the methods before you understand them.

A legitimate question might be... Why get this book if I have the online API documentation from Sun? I see them as complimentary. You can probably find much of the reference material in either source. Some will prefer the online hyperlink navigation, while others will appreciate having all the information on a subject in four or five pages that can be thumbed through. I know when I'm stuck on a problem I want both sources!

For a Notes/Domino developer, it is somewhat similar to using online Notes help versus the manuals. In that case, the material is identical, so it's more your preference in how you like to look up information. In the case of this book versus the Java API documentation, you'll get good information from both sources, so you should avail yourself of both.

If you've completed something like Teach Yourself Java In 21 Days and now you have to DO something with Java, you owe it to yourself to get this book. This will be one title you'll go back to again and again as you explore the wild, wild world of Java. ... Read more

112. Small Java How to Program (6th Edition) (How to Program (Deitel))
by Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
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This special edition of Java How to Program is up-to-date with the Java 2 Platform Standard Edition 1.5. It covers fundamental programming topics and provides several extra chapters so readers can include or omit material as needed. Includes Recursion and Searching and Sorting chapters. Provides extensive complete programming exercises plus "What does this program do?", "What's wrong with this program?", "Complete the program" and "Modify the program" exercises. Covers text-file processing. Features coverage of special topics, such as pre- and postconditions, invariants, testing and debugging, ethics and software engineering. Includes a CD-ROM with every copy of the book that contains: (subject to change) Java™ 2 Platform, Standard Edition 1.5; Netbeans; JCreator LE; jEdit; jGRASP; BlueJ; Source code for all the book's examples; Hyperlinks to valuable Java™ demos and Internet resources. A useful brief reference for programmers or anyone who wants to learn more about the Java programming language.

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113. Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech))
by DanGookin
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Catlog: Book (2005-02-21)
Publisher: For Dummies
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Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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  • Targeting the snags, glitches, and predicaments cited most frequently by readers, bestselling author Dan Gookin clearly explains how to diagnose and cure common PC problems, whether they originate with software, the operating system, or hardware
  • This updated edition features new, expanded coverage of laptop woes as well as Internet and e-mail issues, broadband connections, spam blocking, and security concerns
  • Provides advice on how to prevent PC problems in the first place and create a safe and secure PC environment
  • Dan Gookin is known for his ability to explain technology in an easy-to-understand and enjoyable fashion; his writing style, name, and reputation are unparalleled in the industry
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must-have book for Windows users!
Containing great humor and experience(!), this book is written mainly for users of Windows XP/ME/and 98, although users of Windows 95/NT/and especially 2000 will find that most of this book still applies. XP exclusively= 2nd edition. Dan Gookin wrote the original Dos for Dummies book- all Dummies books started with him! Chapters 1-5 cover the basics, with 6-and-on being intense! This is the strength of the book: hands-on, down & dirty problem solving! Solutions include: getting around in Windows; minor irks & quirks; slow PC; audio-video; startup-shutdown; keyboard, mouse, monitor & printer; disk disaster; internet connection; Internet Explorer; Outlook Express; general Windows disruption- too much to list here! (This is mainly a software-related book- for an intro to detailed hardware-related issues, I highly recommend Upgrading & Fixing PCs for Dummies by Andy Rathbone, or for advanced issues Scott Mueller's Upgrading & Repairing PCs). My favorite thing here: Registry Editing 101! Many books mention the Registry- Dan actually walks you through some basic, yet sometimes necessary, editing procedures in a few very specific instances. This is beyond basic info, and is downright technical in nature. It's insane how much information he's crammed into one book! Finishing Chapters include PM- preventive maintenance- for disks in general, and using Backup. I use Norton Ghost for Backup myself- I can't stress enough how great it is! You can get it with Norton AntiVirus too if you purchase SystemWorks 2003 Professional (my favorite!). They're all worth their weight in gold(!). To Dan Gookin: In a good-natured way, I recommend Argument 4 in favor of reinstalling Windows: it brings peace of mind! With all the latest Internet threats today in the news- Viruses, Worms & Spyware- some people just don't trust that their computers are clean & secure without the reinstalling of Windows(!). Of course, with the proper use of disk imaging/backup software, this really shouldn't be an issue, but some people never get around to this kind of PM. Some people may not trust AntiVirus/Spyware apps to work for them, and reinstalling Windows can bring enormous peace of mind. Don't blame me for mentioning it- paranoia can be a powerful thing! Suggestions for next edition: maybe in PM section & Internet disaster prevention, including basic definitions & tips on safe Internet use? Phishing, Pharming, Identity Theft & Email-scams may not *directly* damage computers, but they sure do affect their users(!). Also- How about advanced videogame troubleshooting? Even people with up-to-date hardware experience crashes & restarts during games. In the Windows 2000 Getting Started book, a common solution to blue-screen stop messages is to "Disable BIOS memory options such as caching or shadowing". Believe it or not, it worked for me! Far fewer crashes during fast moving video & videogames. These are my best suggestions! Thank you for this incredible & long-overdue book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great choice as a first line of reference to fix things...
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If you need this book, you're probably crying or swearing.But Troubleshooting Your PC For Dummies By Dan Gookin (Wiley) will help you solve the problem while putting a smile back on your face.

Chapter List:
Part 1 - What the @#$%&*!?: It's Not Your Fault! Well, It Might Be Your Fault; Stuff to Try First; Telling a Hardware Problem from a Software Problem; The "R" Chapter (Reinstall, Restore, Recycle, Recovery); Your Last Resort: Tech Support
Part 2 - Troubleshooting Minor Irks and Quirks: This Just Bugs Me!; Gosh! This Is Embarrassing!; Startup Problems; Finding Lost Files and Things; Sounds Like Trouble; The Mystery of System Resources (and Memory Leaks); The Slow PC; Keyboard, Mouse, and Monitor Dilemmas; Printer Problems; Dealing with Disk Disaster; Correcting Graphic Disgrace; Internet Connection Mayhem; Web Weirdness with Internet Explorer; E-Mail Calamities with Outlook Express; General Windows Disruptions (Or, Is This PC Possessed?); Windows Can Be Your Friend; Shutdown Constipation
Part 3 - Preventive Maintenance: Maintaining Your Disk Drives; Useful Tools and Weapons; The Benefits of Backup
Part 4 - The Part of Tens: The Ten Rules of Tech Support; Ten Dumb Error Messages; Ten Things You Should Never or Always Do
Appendix: Windows Startup Program Guide

Even though I've been in Information Technology for over two decades, I generally don't do well at PC or Windows troubleshooting.I design business software, and I basically want my hardware and operating system to just work.While I've gotten better at troubleshooting, I'm still interested in any help I can find.Gookin does an excellent job in targeting the specific areas that are most likely to go haywire on your home or work PC, and he then gives you some of the more common approaches to resolving those problems.In addition, he also helps you to take ongoing steps to make sure your PC stays functional and clutter-free for as long as possible.Following the information in this book, there's a relatively good chance you'll be able to extricate yourself from a number of blunders or problems before you start teaching your children new words that shouldn't be repeated in public.

Long-term hardware techies or software/OS geeks will probably know most if not all of this information already.But this is the type of book I could conceivably give my dad in order to help him fix some of his own computer problems when I'm not around.Or he can have it on the shelf so *I* can use it when I show up to fix whatever he did.Either way, this book is a perfect first line of defense and reference when you're desperately trying to resurrect your great American novel from the dead...

5-0 out of 5 stars I treasure this book!
I bought this book before I experimented with other books of it's kind and I was able to apply what I read within minutes to my broken computer. I have over 15 years experience as an Electronic Technician and 4 years experience as a Design Engineer and I learned something new from each and every page I studied. I was able to "laugh" at my fear of PC repair after reading this book. He covers everything from start-up problems to fixing bugs and everything in between. This book was so easy to read too! It was a welcomed relief from the over-complicated articles that I usually read. Thank you Dan Gookin! ... Read more

114. CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
by Todd Lammle
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Catlog: Book (2001-12)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
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Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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Todd Lammle strikes gold again with a new edition of CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide which, in point of fact, isn't hugely different from earlier versions but nonetheless dominates its competitors. This is the best book on the market for bottom-up CCNA preparation, due in equal part to Lammle's thorough coverage (the CCNA test covers many tiny details), his skill in explaining concepts in prose and illustrations, and his care in designing exercises and practice questions. All the exam-prep elements are handled competently, as well, with annotations supplementing answer keys and plenty of comments about what Cisco expects its test-takers to say, as opposed to what may actually be true.

What's special about the Deluxe Edition? Its companion CD-ROM is somewhat better than before, since it now includes a browser-based tool that simulates a Cisco router's administrative interface (it can be hard to set up, though). The practice exam software on the CD-ROM is okay, though its questions are identical to those in the book. It would also be nice if the software kept track of your performance on exams over time, allowing you to identify and practice weaker subject areas. The book itself now features a larger and more detailed glossary, and a nice command reference. There's no need to upgrade if you have one of this book's predecessors, but count on a treat if this is the first Lammle CCNA book you buy. --David Wall

Topics covered: All of the material Cisco Systems says you have to understand in order to pass Exam 640-507 [new version: Exam 640-607] and earn its Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) professional rating, including the seven-layer network model, the essentials of Internet Protocol and its routing, the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (IOS), and wide area network (WAN) technologies. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Lammle is once again at the top of his game.
When I passed the CCNA exam a year ago I used the CCNA Study Guide by Todd Lammle and passed the exam with a 924. Had I had this book I am positive I would have done even better. Lammle is the first name in Cisco Certification exam material and judging from the content of the book there is no doubt why.

Lammle approach to the exam is by far the best I know of and studying the book in the order presented gives you the best chance of passing the exam on the first try. With Internetworking basics like the OSI model and topologies like Ethernet are the very beginning to the CCNA certification.

From there Lammle has you working with switching, which I like because switching should come before routing. Then you move to the internet protocols, IOS, IP routing VLANs and router management. Lammle again makes sure that far more information than the exam requires is included.

After that you then start working with IPX, Access lists and then WAN protocols like HDLC, PPP, Frame Relay and ISDN. Each section has review questions, the new thing I am very happy to see is both written and hands-on labs.

The cd included has over 400 practice questions, over 300 flash cards for both the PC and the palm devices and entire e-book. Lammle again takes the opening and adds not 2 but 4 additional bonus exams.

Finally as part of the study process is the use of an actual router and since this can be an expensive investment, Lammle has given you a Router Fundamental Simulator and practice labs. All this in one book and at a price that should make everyone happy. Whether certified or not, whether looking to refresh you skills this book is a must have for every router technician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lammle is once again at the top of his game.
When I passed the CCNA exam a year ago I used the CCNA Study Guide by Todd Lammle and passed the exam with a 924. Had I had this book I am positive I would have done even better. Lammle is the first name in Cisco Certification exam material and judging from the content of the book there is no doubt why.

Lammle approach to the exam is by far the best I know of and studying the book in the order presented gives you the best chance of passing the exam on the first try. With Internetworking basics like the OSI model and topologies like Ethernet are the very beginning to the CCNA certification.

From there Lammle has you working with switching, which I like because switching should come before routing. Then you move to the internet protocols, IOS, IP routing VLANs and router management. Lammle again makes sure that far more information than the exam requires is included.

After that you then start working with IPX, Access lists and then WAN protocols like HDLC, PPP, Frame Relay and ISDN. Each section has review questions, the new thing I am very happy to see is both written and hands-on labs.

The cd included has over 400 practice questions, over 300 flash cards for both the PC and the palm devices and entire e-book. Lammle again takes the opening and adds not 2 but 4 additional bonus exams.

Finally as part of the study process is the use of an actual router and since this can be an expensive investment, Lammle has given you a Router Fundamental Simulator and practice labs. All this in one book and at a price that should make everyone happy. Whether certified or not, whether looking to refresh you skills this book is a must have for every router technician.

5-0 out of 5 stars Updated to the 640-607 exam- a real winner.
Todd Lammle has made a reputation for delivering CCNA Study Guide that will help you pass the exam the first time around, this book is certainly no exception. Cisco changed the exam from 640-507 to 640-607 and Lammle has kept pace with those changes in this must have reference manual.

Placing the exam objectives right in the front of the book, you then move to a assessment test that is both challenging and as a true measurement of the new exam as I have seen so far. Updated to the new exam this 825 page book should be the first place you go to study for the exam.

Layout of study guide is extremely important to the flow of material and that's why this book is so very good. Lammle starts off with internetworking overview and then to Layer 2 switching, from there you move to the IOS, routing, RIP, IGRP, VLANs, access lists, IPX, and WAN technologies, making this a very well rounded manual.

With 36 written and hands-on labs plus and added 7 labs in Appendix B for switching, coupled with over 200 review questions and tips and tricks, Lammle has once again given the reader everything and more they need to have an excellent shot at the exam.

Most books stop there but Lammle once again exceeds everyone by giving you 2 cdroms, the first is study tools like 200 practice questions, which include simulation type questions. 400 flash cards and 10 bonus exams along with the entire book in PDF format.

The second cd has a virtual lab to work with, including instructions for setup and use. While this book may cost a little more than others, the value and information clearly outweigh the cost difference as you have the number 1 book on the market.

5-0 out of 5 stars The ULTIMATE CCNA Prep book! Just passed with a 913!
I am a Cisco Networking Academy student and I just passed the CCNA 640-607 Exam yesterday. This wasn't the only book that I used to prep for the exam, but this book was instrumental in providing me with the answers for the exam that the other books didn't. Along with this book, I used the Cisco Networking Academy online curriculum, ICND, Ciscopress Router and Switch eSim, Transcender, and Preplogic. Hands-on experience with routers and switches was the key to my success, but I could have easily passed this test by using only the this book. The test was a lot harder than the Transcender CCNA practice test. It's usually the other way around. Anyway, if you get only ONE book for exam prep, get this one. You will not regret it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Routing Protocols
I agree, if you want to learn IP routing, this book will not take you anywhere close. For that you would need "Cisco IOS for IP Routing" by Andrew Colton or Doyle's books. However, Lammle's book would probably be all you need to pass the CCNA test. Unless you're a complete beginner, then you may want to add one or two other fine CCNA books. ... Read more

115. Java How to Program Lab Manual (5th Edition)
by Harvey M. Deitel, P. J. Deitel
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Catlog: Book (2002-12-01)
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116. Sams Teach Yourself C++ for LINUX in 21 Days (With CD-ROM)
by Jesse Liberty, David Horvath, Jonathan Parry-McCulloch, Hal Moroff, Paul Cevoli
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Catlog: Book (2000-05-15)
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Sams Teach Yourself C++ Programming for Linux in 21 Days teaches you the C++ programming language using the Linux operating system. You will gain a thorough understanding of the basics of C++ programming from a Linux perspective. The Bonus Week includes topics such as XWindows, KDE with QT toolkit, APE Class Library, and Real -time Middleware. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Do Not Buy This Book
This book is not Linux programming; it is C++ programming. There are 26 days of programming of which only 5 ( 22 - 26 ) are dedicated to Linux. If you are looking for a Linux dedicated book this is not it.

2-0 out of 5 stars Poor.. Very poor
This book is full of mistakes. It also begins by teaching you to program one way, and then tells you that this is wrong. I picked up this book as a refresher, because I have not done any C++ or UNIX in 10 years, but even I could pick out the mistakes in the book. It does not explain the important aspects of C++ very well, skipping over most things with just a cursory description of what is going on. Do not get this book..

2-0 out of 5 stars Solid language tutorial, but not really dedicated to Linux
TEACH YOURSELF C++ FOR LINUX IN 21 DAYS, while it may seem the ideal book to the budding Linux programmer because of its size, is a poor book for the beginner, and indeed for most programmers hoping to use C++. The book is a so-so introduction to C++ the language, but doesn't offer any useful Linux-specific information (if you want to program in Linux, you probably already know what vi and emacs are, and how to open a command-line). The CD-ROM, containing a distribution of Mandrake Linux, is three years old and thus already ancient compared to today's Linux scene.

The book is not really a "21 day" course, but rather a course made up of 21 units. Some units are too big to tackle in one day, such as the chapters on references and error-handling, unless one has 8 hours to dedicate to this. I'd say three months is a reasonable amount of time to complete this book.

When this book came out, in 1999, the K Desktop Environment (KDE), programmed in C++, was the most popular desktop and thus budding programmers could find plenty of code to work with and improve. In the years since, however, the GNOME desktop, programmed in C, has gained ascendency among power users, and is now the default in many distributions. So, learning C++ on Linux nowadays as a first step in programming gives one very little to work with, as C is the primary language. While in many operating systems one doesn't have to learn C before C++, in Linux it is almost essential because the kernel, most if not all GNU software, and GNOME programs are all in C. So, for the beginning Linux programmer I'd advise first going through Sam's C FOR LINUX PROGRAMMING IN 21 DAYS. Afterward, one could use this book, or ideally a more Linux-centric book, to reap the object-oriented benefits of C++.

Unfortunately, it is quickly apparent that TEACH YOURSELF C++ FOR LINUX IN 21 DAYS is actually just Sam's TEACH YOURSELF C++ in 21 DAYS with a couple of token references to the GNU Compiler Collection, and a very out-of-date "bonus week" added. This becomes particulary obvious as every chapter has talks about how to compile each example on, of all things, DOS. Another problem stemming from the fact the most of the authors aren't Linux programmers, one that consistently shows throughout the book, is the authors' lack of familiarity with free software and the GPL. As a result, the chapter on software design shows a process best suited to the programming department of a corporation, where everyone can get together every morning to discuss the project, and this would not be very efficient in the Linux world of international contribution over distance. A glance at the authors' experience shows they may not be dedicated to ideals of the GNU Public License and open-source software, for example Jesse Libery is now consulting on the .NET project. I would urge anyone wishing to program on Linux to use resources written by actual Linux programmers.

Bottom line, get Sam's C FOR LINUX PROGRAMMING IN 21 DAYS first if you're a beginner. If you're an experience programmer who already knows C, this book may be helpful, but it has its problems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good for Experienced and Inexperienced Alike
I bought "Teach Yourself C++ for Linux in 21 Days" to broaden my understanding beyond my school's course material. I was interested in the exposition on analysis and design, including UML concepts. What an interesting book this turned out to be!

There is plenty here for the beginning programmer. The authors lead the newbie right up from "what is a program," "what is a variable," and "what is a function" to the most advanced concepts of the language.

The section on object oriented design was both clear and well-illustrated. I enjoyed the authors' sense of humor and professional perspective. I also enjoyed the simple (but rare) illustration of how to use ctags with vi. That bonus was worth the price of the book right there! The tips on coding style and inclusion guards were other gems.

There is plenty more in this book to keep me growing. Sections covering namespaces, "catch," "throw," exceptions, and the Standard Template Library will keep me reading. These authors are truly the gurus' gurus.

4-0 out of 5 stars OOP Excellently Explained

I got this book learn C++ programming for Linux, but I was surprised that I learned more than just that. This book could has just as well titled "Object Oriented Programming with C++ and Linux." It really is good introduction to Object Oriented design. As someone who originally learned programming in from s structural/procedural perspective this was very enlightening. Other books on C++ and Object-Oriented Pascal had explained how to create classes and onject, but left me saying "so, what's the point?" But, "Teach Yourself C++ for LINUX in 21 Days" finally put it into perspective - this allowed me to see OOP (and the possibilities opens up) as the quantum leap forward it is. This book will show you that OOP is a whole different way to think about programming. If you are migrating from a structured/procedural language, or, worse, from an unstructured scripting/interpreted language, to C++ I would highly recommend this book.

There are a few down sides to this book, though. One is that it is quite long and requires a lot of time. Also, some of the later chapters are more "this is neat" rather than "How to..." in nature without much detail (but these are "bonus" chapters, and things like GUI programing and system programming could't reasonably be explain in any one chapter). Lastly, the book leans a little too much on classes and objects, and doesn't say much about commonly used standard function; I could count the number of pages on that topic on one hand, and it really just says they're good and give one table listing a small number. Unless you get reference specifically geared toward functions or a book on standard C you could very easily end up inventing the wheel a lot. ... Read more

117. GarageBand : The Missing Manual (Missing Manuals)
by David Pogue
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Catlog: Book (2004-06-25)
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GarageBand lets you create music of your very own.If you're already a musician, you'll probably flip over GarageBand;it combines the CD-quality samples of Apple's Soundtrack software with the hard-disk recording features of Digital Performer and the canned rhythm tracks of Band in a Box.But what's really mind-boggling is the way this program can turn the inspiration of musical novices into commercial-sounding demos.Imagine how many thousands of singers and instrumentalists, though blessed with enormous native talent, remain undiscovered because they lack recording studios and backup bands.For them, GarageBand may open a lot of doors--or just offer a lot of fun.GarageBand: The Missing Manual is an authoritative, witty guide to constructing digital recordings with GarageBand. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Even a Genius sometimes hits the wrong key...
Let's face it. We've all hit the wrong key or combination of keys at some point or other in our computer past, and sure as we breathe, we'll do it again, and again. It's the "oops!" factor. David Pogue (a little more about him later) understands this phenomenon. So, he adds to this brilliant book, from time to time, just what to do when something goes wrong. NO ONE ELSE ADDS THIS!!!!! This is important. When it is past midnight on a sunday and you are feverishly finishing off your musical masterpiece, and your finger sweat, Dave's there to the rescue. Now, about David Pogue. He writes, and writes, and writes about Macs and Mac programs. He's written tons of great books and tons of great articles over the years. He is also a brilliant musician who is happily converted to thinking about Garageband as the way to go in the future for both Beginners and Pros. The book is easy to grasp and a great guide through the fun and excitment of Garageband. That he gives enough of a damn about your mental well being as you work within the program, as well, says a lot about who he is, and, is a very strong reason for you to check out and use this guide. ... Read more

118. CCSP: Complete Study Guide (642-501, 642-511, 642-521, 642-531, 642-541)
by Wade Edwards, Todd Lammle, Tom Lancaster, Justin Menga, Eric Quinn
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Catlog: Book (2005-03-08)
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To ensure adequate support for their security products and services, Cisco released a professional-level certification, Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP). This single volume, from the leader in certification, provides complete and up-to-date coverage of all five exams required for the CCSP certification: 640-501, 640-511, 640-521, 640-531, 640-541. Not only is it handy to have all the necessary study information compiled in one guide, it is also the most economical self-study solution. The companion CD includes advanced testing engine containing chapter review questions and ten bonus exams, flashcards for PCs, Pocket PCs, and Palm devices, and the entire book in PDF. ... Read more

119. Deke McClelland's Look & Learn Photoshop 6
by DekeMcClelland, Deke McClelland
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From digital graphics guru Deke McClelland comes a whole new way to learn Photoshop, the high-end image-manipulation software from Adobe. In this one-of-a-kind reference, Deke uses hundreds of annotated images and sharply focused text to get you up and running fast with Photoshop 6. Open the book, take a look and learn how to:

  • Paint and retouch
  • Draw vector shapes
  • Create and modify layers
  • Define channels and masks
  • Create and apply layer styles
  • Adjust and correct colors
  • Apply filters and effects
  • Play and record actions
  • Prepare CMYK images
  • Save for the Web
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5-0 out of 5 stars awesome
I have been reading this book for the last 30 minutes and it's one wow after another. I just turned to my dog and said "This book is amazing!" hehe.

Seriously. The dive in and "look what you can do with ps" style of this book is very impressive. I bought it as an alternative to the more advanced wow book. This is the one I was looking for. 4 thumbs up!

5-0 out of 5 stars Even for the well-seasoned
I **LOVE** this book! I've been using Photoshop since version 4 and i'm self-taught. I am not an expert yet but then i don't consider myself a novice either.

This book is for everyone. What i most like about this book is the easy style and sample pages, The quick shortcuts to just about doing everything, and the explanation of why one tool works better than another.

I just attended a 2-day Photoshop class and the instructor highly recommended this book. at first, i thought that it was for the very beginner, but it's some much more. It's like a dictionary... you keep it for reference.

as i glanced at the instructor's book, i noticed that it was truly worn. she said that she's had to buy a second copy because she's used it so much. you can't possibly memorize everything about photoshop.. so why not have the best resource in town?? This BOOK!

5-0 out of 5 stars Photoshop reference extraordinaire
I love this book! I wish all software books were written this well. If you took 20 Photoshop books at random and put them through some magic process that took all the good stuff out and condensed them into 1 easy to read, well-organized, no fluff, no 1500 pages and 4 pounds of paper book, this would be what comes out.

When I picked this book off them shelf and started reading it, it was immediately obvious that the layout and organization were very good. The more I've used the book, the more I appreciate what it has to offer. Simply, a superior reference to Photoshop 6! It's really a "textbook" example of how to present information in a logical and easy to use fashion.

I didn't find having the images in black and white a problem at all. In the context of this book, color images would not add much information at all, although I'm sure they would add a lot to the price.

A superb reference book, well-written and organized. The Adobe user guide and Classroom in a book are now relegated to the back of the bookshelf.

Please please book writers, use this book as a model of how to create your future books. This book shows well that less is often more. People are not buying software books by the pound, they are really more interested in quality information, not quantity!!

I'd like to give this book 10 stars, but 5 will have to suffice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Photoshop book, period
Photoshop is a deep and complex program and this book makes it (almost) simple. The book has several strengths -- first is McClelland's astonishing knowldge, next is his ability to explain complex things in terms even a beginner can understand, third is the brilliant way the information is organized. Face it, no matter how much knowlege a book contains, if you can't find the knowledge it's useless to you. The publisher and book designer make McClelland's information always easy to find, even if you are looking for some obscure feature like using the Color Range command to make a mask. No matter what your skill level, this book will open the Photoshop world further to you. I'm a graphics professional and I have a dozen Photoshop books on my shelf -- and this is the one I always pull out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Look & Learn Photoshop 6 is Great.
you can start learning photoshop fast and easy. This book is suitable for beginners. It's full of illustrations and pictures, and to the point. In addition, you don't have to read a lot. it's a quick start. it's so informative and you can use it as manual too. even filters are covered, what are they and how you can use them step by step. good work Deke. ... Read more

120. Java Enterprise in a Nutshell (2nd Edition)
by David Flanagan, Jim Farley, William Crawford
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Average Customer Review: 4.24 out of 5 stars
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For the intermediate to advanced Java developer, Java Enterprise in a Nutshell shows how to work with all of today's relevant Java APIs. Plus, it's a topnotch reference for all enterprise classes. Part tutorial and part reference work that you can use everyday at your desk, this title is a worthwhile resource for any Java developer building Web or enterprise software.

The practical, succinct focus here on actual Java enterprise APIs helps distinguish this text from the pack. Early sections provide short, clear examples along with just enough background to help you use APIs like JDBC, servlets and JSPs, EJBs, and others. Coverage of Java's ability to interface with legacy CORBA systems is just excellent, with a full tour of Java IDL, CORBA services, and Remote Method Invocation (RMI). Typically, readers will be familiar with some J2EE APIs and not others. This book can help fill in the gaps.

Updated with the latest standards from Sun, including JDBC 3.0, Servlet 2.3, and EJB 2.0, this is an essential primer for today's high-end (and high-paying) Java. The basic presentation of servlets/JSP and EJBs (among the most important APIs for current Java Web development) is concise and nicely digestible. We also liked the chapter on JMS for messaging (also a hotbed of Java job activity).

The second half of this text lists every J2EE class, along with methods and properties, in a very valuable reference section that makes good use of two-toned shading for easy access. Entries are organized by package name. (One small oversight here is that an index of cross-listed packages, classes, and methods omits page numbers.)

Overall, this book is truly indispensable for any working Java programmer. The second edition of Java Enterprise in a Nutshell is a fully up-to-date tutorial and reference that lives up to the standards of O'Reilly’s Nutshell series. Both thorough and concise, it's a handy resource for anyone who works with the hundreds and thousands of Java enterprise APIs on a regular basis. --Richard Dragan

Topics covered: Introduction to enterprise computing with the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), survey of Java enterprise APIs, JDBC 3.0 (including database connections, ResultSets, prepared statements, BLOB fields, transaction support, stored procedures), the JDBC Optional Package (and connection pooling), Remote Method Invocation (RMI) described (building stubs and skeletons, dynamically loaded classes and remote object activation, RMI over IIOP), in-depth tutorial for Java IDL (with CORBA) and designing remote objects, Java Servlet 2.3 APIs (basic servlet processing and the servlet lifecycle, chaining and filters, thread safety, managing state, cookies, servlets used with JDBC), JavaServer Pages (JSP): including custom tags, JNDI and directory tutorial (contexts, looking up objects, accessing and modifying directory entries), Enterprise Java Beans (EJB) 2.0 (conventions for entity, session and message beans, using transactions), Java XML APIs (DOM, SAX and XSLT), Java Message Service (JMS), point-to-point and publish-subscribe messaging models, message selectors, JavaMail, reference to SQL and relational databases, RMI tools, reference to all IDL keywords, data types and declarations; CORBA services, Java IDL tool reference, Enterprise JavaBeans Query Language (EJB QL) 2.0 query language, and an alphabetical listing of all APIs for Java enterprise programming (listing of classes, methods, and properties). ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Good quick reference for intermediate-level Java developers
"Java Enterprise in a Nutshell" is a good quick reference guide to the entire J2EE platform for intermediate-level Java developers, and the 2nd Edition seems very up-to-date with J2EE 1.3. The book is a lot larger than other 'in a nutshell' books, mainly because there is such a huge amount of information to be covered for the J2EE platform. It is divided into two main sections - the "Introduction" section, which gives an overview of all the major J2EE technologies, and the API-reference, which I found to just be a rehash of what is in the online Javadoc API. The Introduction it easy to understand and straight-to-the-point for the intermediate Java developer, giving good examples of how to use the technologies. I found it to be a good guide to quickly learn some of the technologies I was not very familiar with. (but needed to use right away...) I did not use the API reference, but it could be useful for understanding the basic purposes of each package and class. It does not go into the method-by-method detail that the online Javadoc has.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Good Quick Reference
The book "Java Enterprise in a Nutshell" is a dense overview of some of the packages in J2EE. The book has three parts: An introduction, an enterprise reference and an API reference. The introduction describes each package, gives some examples and pointers for further readings. The second part contains reference material on SQL, RMI Tools, IDL and IDL tools and CORBA Services. The API reference lists the complete API of the packages covered by this book.

This text is very well written and does an exceptional job in describing the J2EE packages JDBC, RMI, JNDI as well Servelets, EJB and the Java IDL. The chapters are well structured and very clearly written. And they achieve their goal without filling hundreds of pages. Very good.

Unfortunately the book does not cover all of today's packages of J2EE but I guess that's the price to pay if the book has to be on the market early enough.

The book has some holes, but for the material it covers, it is one of the best, if not the best, books available.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good reference book
Another large and impressive manual to add to your collection. This title is meant to be the third volume of a three-volume set that covers the entire language. Volume one covers the basic core Java APIs, while volume two covers the foundation classes.

Of the three volumes that make up this Nutshell series, this is the one that you'll be able to bypass if you're just moving into the world of Java. I think that even experienced programmers might end up heavily using some chapters while never touching others. The format is the same as other Nutshell volumes, where there is a lot of detail with not a lot of fluffy explanation.

Each of the Part 1 chapters give a quick overview and tutorial as to what the technology is (such as JavaServer Pages) and how it works. There are some examples of code to help you understand how it works. But the authors acknowledge that they do not expect you to be an expert after reading that chapter. You have to either already know what's going on or seek out another book to more fully learn and understand what is going on. O'Reilly has a vast array of books that go into each of these subjects in a more detailed manner.

For Notes/Domino 5 developers, I would say that there is little in this book that would be of value to you. You might be interested in JDBC as a replacement/supplement to ODBC. The XML chapter with information on parsers might also be of interest. Moving into the Notes/Domino 6 world, more of the book becomes valuable. Those chapters would include the information on servlets and JavaServer Pages. As Notes/Domino becomes more tightly integrated with Websphere, you'll need to start understanding servlets and how they function. This book could be a good tool to help you build them.

If you're an advanced Java developer and are working on enterprise Java applications, get this book. If you're a Notes/Domino developer looking to move into servlets, JavaServer Pages, and XML, you should also get this book. If you don't fit into either of these categories, you probably won't do much with this volume.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great for Overview!
First of All, this book does not cover everything about J2EE,but it has many of the significant things related to J2EE (such as CORBA,IIOP).

In my opinion,this book is very suitable for any person who need to have a J2EE overview/introduction.And also suit for J2EE developer who need the good references rather than print all J2EE API.

I recommend you to put it on the bookshelf!...

4-0 out of 5 stars Not as deep as some, but great value for money
One of the seemingly endless "in a Nutshell" series from O'Reilly, this book follows the basic series format. A few chapters of concise introduction followed by a detailed, if compressed, API reference. In this case the book covers a lot of ground - all the Java APIs which form part of the Java 2 Enterprise Edition: JDBC, RMI, CORBA, JNDI, Servlets, EJB as well as some material on JMS. Check which edition you get as the information dates quickly, though.

I was worried when I bought this book that they were attempting to cover too much, but I think they have done a remarkable job. This book really is the most readable introduction to J2EE I have found so far. It's just about small enough to carry about (unlike the massive Wrox tomes), and the API reference can help to keep it useful after you've absorbed the introductory material. It even has a basic SQL reference, which you don't get in some JDBC books! ... Read more

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