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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic Scheduling with Microsoft Office Project 2003: The Book by and for Professionals
Publisher: J. Ross Publishing
Authors: Eric Uyttewaal
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Create Dynamic Models and Forecast with Project

In a nutshell, this book will help show you how to use Microsoft Project 2003 (MS Project) to create dynamic, valid models of your projects so that you can forecast end dates and total costs. Model means that the schedule will be an intelligent simplification of the project, valid means that it reflects what is really going on, and dynamic means that when one change happens to the project, a minimal number of changes (ideally one) will need to happen in the schedule to return the schedule to a valid state. The author explains how to do all of this with MS Project

In my mind, there are three important pillars on which this book is built: 1) It is aligned with the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) 2004, 2) It shows effective ways to use MS Project to keep the project files manageable so that you can keep the schedules dynamic and forecasts accurate, and 3) It has excellent practical advice on project management. Much as the Project Management Institute has developed the PMBOK to reflect the best practices in Project Management, the author has succeeded in developing a Body of Knowledge to reflect the best practices for using MS Project.

This is one of the best hands on practical technical books I have read (and I have read many). If you use MS Project, you owe it to yourself to give this book a try.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book, more than a book for exam

This book is an excellent guide for Java Certification, but more than that.
This book covers every topic included in the Exam Objectives and a lot of Supplementary Objectives. At the beginning of each chapter, it states these two kinds of objectives clearly.
At the end of each chapter, this book provides chapter summary, which helps reader to memorize the chapter. Also this book provides programming exercises and solutions, which are very interesting and useful in real programming.
This book provides chapters for swing and javadoc, which contains useful information out of Exam Objectives.
Some topics are very well explained, such as:
1.Operator and assignment
a) difference between >> and >>>,
b) Automatic narrowing.
It occurs for integral types for initialization and arithmetic extended assignment.
Example: short s=12; is legal
short s=12; int i=3; s += i; is legal But s = s+i; is not.
2.Inners classes, Four types of inner classes and interfaces clearly explained.
3. Thread, wait, notify, notifyall, sleep, yield clear explained.
4. Object lifetime (finalization, initialization and garbage collection), variable initializer, static initializer, instance initializer, ˇ­ finalize method, System.gc well explained.
5. Event handling,
High level and low-level event processing, semantic event and low-level eventsˇ­.
This book takes you much more time to read than Java 2 (Exam Cram) by Bill Brogden, William B. Brogden, but it is much more complete and clearer.
If you want to really master java fundamental, this book is worth reading. It is more than a book just for exam: those who already have SCJP can also learn a lot from this book.
Hope to see A Developer's Guide to Java Certification for java developer exam in the future, which will contain JDBC, Swing, and more.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IIS 6 Administration
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Mitch Tulloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent IIS tutorial

I have enjoyed Mitch's writing style since I found his Administering IIS 4 book here on Amazon.com. He writes in such a way that technical books are very easy to comprehend and everything flows with the right amount of screen snaps.
He has covered a lot in this book which includes a very detailed section on how to install both Windows 2003 and IIS using a lot of different methods which works well if you have one server to a farm of 100's of servers.
The standard things you would expect from an IIS book are here, creating sites and virtual directories and these are explained clearly and concisely. A chapter is included on securing IIS which covers NTFS file and directory permissions and how these integrate with the IIS permissions. He also explains the different IIS authentication methods and application pool identities, and SSL.
There is some very good information Performance tuning and monitoring and a good section on the IIS Metabase (IIS configuration now in XML) and how to interface with it from the command line using ADSI and WMI Scripts.
Overall I think that this book would help anyone who has to work on an IIS server and even if you have administered IIS before you will get value from it. I would rate it 4.5 stars but since I can not I will give it 5 stars. Level Basic to Intermediate
Chris Crowe...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reference book

If you're looking for a C# book, a book that wouldexplain the language, this is the one.
It goes in detail about many aspects of the language.