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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Office XP Step-By-Step (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Perspection Inc., Online Training Solutions Inc., Curtis Frye, Kristen Crupi, Perspection Inc., Online Training Solutions Inc.
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Weak attempt from Curtis


First off, I must say I'm a big Curtis Frye enthusiast. He has penned some extraordinarily helpful computer books in the past. But, quite frankly, this is not one of them. Not to push the envelope, but, Curtis I'm deeply disappointed by your less than helpful latest effort(if you call it that). I wanted to learn about advanced filters, HLOOKUP, And VLOOKUP in Excel, but came away learning absolutely nada. While the individual Step-by-Step books are great, this insipid collaboration failed to advance my skills, let alone help me one iota.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced .NET Remoting (C# Edition)
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Ingo Rammer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent.


Aside from being a #1 guide to .net remoting this book should be used as an example on how to write programming volumes with words 'advanced' and 'professional' in the title.
Around 400 pages with absolutely 0% beginner material and no useless content is what i expect when i buy an 'advanced' book. And its exactly what what this one is.
Good job Mr.Rammer. Will be checking out all your publications in the future.
Update:I've been writing a rather contrived remoting based application and the chapters 7, 8 and 9 have been really worth it for me. However, these chapters give a little too brief coverage of MessageSinks and underlying plumbing. I do appreciate the strong focus on details, but so many things are left unexplained that it becomes really frustrating if you are trying to really understand what's going on.One particular problem in my application was to forward the threads CurrentPrincipal to the thread on the remoting server via MessageSinks. I still am not sure exactly why I am using ClientChannelSink vs just doing it with IMessageSink... previous chapters lead you to believe that IMessageSink is designed for something like this. This is just one example and there are other instances where a similar thing might throw you off a bit. Nevertheless, if you are looking at a guide to just using Remoting (not playing around with its plumbing) you wont go wrong with this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Parallel Computer Architecture : A Hardware/Software Approach
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David Culler, J.P. Singh, Anoop Gupta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Parallel Parallel to H&P


I guest lecture in a graduate level architecture course, and I always enjoy using this book as reference material when I want to lecture on cache coherency. This book is written from the correct perspective that obtaining parallelism is not easy, and so most of the book is spent on the various issues that come up when building a parallel machine. It is probably a good idea to read this book if you want to write parallel code, or if you just want to know why large scale supercomputers are not in wide use today.
Previous uniprocessor architecture knowledge is required for the more interesting chapters. Thus, this book acts as a nice sequel to Henessey and Patterson.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Com (Microsoft Programming Series)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Dale Rogerson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
the MUMBO JUMBO approach ...


The author is obviously confused with the genre of technical writing. There are so many detailed descriptions of irrelevant personal experiences, stories, etc. that they're very annoying when you try to find the INFORMATION. Mr. Rogerson should have tried writing novels instead.