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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Bravo on a job well done!

This book is a great value. It covers Windows 2000 in a wholly approachable manner, and provides real world explanations that have helped me master the material and perform my job. I've perused many absolutely horrendous computer science books that contain multitudes of errors and simply terrible explanations of the subject matter. In stark contrast, this book is one of the best I've seen. It's a comprehensive tomb on Windows 2000 Server. And this author really knows how to explain technical material. His writing style, attention to detail, and accuracy, is refreshing in the current sea of so many nonsensical technical books of little value being pushed at engineers and developers today. If you want to learn Windows 2000 this book is great.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
A beginner book

First of all, this book is good to understand the meaning of refactoring and its techniques. If you are a beginner programmer, the book is quite helpful to know how to do refactoring, and why and when to do it.
However, the problem is the book is a "book". Many programmers may feel familiar with stories and techniques in the book. The techniques in the book, though, are not exceptional, unfortunately. For example, the book explains how to make a temporary variable or how to eliminate it for a couple of pages! This kind of thing is a common work for programmers. Many don't have to learn that.
One of problems of refactoring for experienced programmers is that refactoring means not add features but "change" existing code. Although giving benefits, refactoring gives some problem. For example, when working as team, it is hard to even change the name of method because the change often causes conflict among sourcecode. The book doesn't give any solution of this problem.
In conclusion, I don't recommend this book for experienced programmers.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco CallManager Fundamentals: A Cisco AVVID Solution
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Chris Pearce, Anne Smith, Delon Whetten
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Comprehensive Overview From the Development Team

This book provides a great reference to Cisco CallManager! Written by the development team that actually created the software, it gives accurate and incisive information that isn't always easy to find in the Cisco documentation. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is going to purchase, install, or maintain a CallManager system.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great for beginners as well as experienced site builders.

This is the most worn book on the shelf beside my computer. Like the first html book by Elizabeth Castro the instructions are brief , clear and easy to understand . Netscape and IE only extensions are clearly labeled . It's great for 'quick look ups' too! A hexidecimal color chart is included in the back of the book . This is a must have for any site developer's bookshelf .