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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in RPG IV, Third Edition
Publisher: 29th Street Press
Authors: Bryan Meyers, Judy Yeager, Brian Meyers, Judy Yaeger, Judy Programming in Rpg IV Yaeger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Better than my last AS/400 - RPG text

I am currently entering my 2nd semester using this book! the book itself is excellant and well written, especially for the beginner! But take care of which version you get! The only Dif. is the number on the inside cover, and the color of the printer spacing charts in the exercises, while the good oone has all black charts. The book with 123456KP10987 under the ISBN number on the inside page FALLS APART! (Happened to EVERY classmate who used it!), the BAD version also has blue green colored charts in the chapter exercises. BUT ... IT IS A GREAT BOOK TO LEARN FROM!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Don't Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Steve Krug
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Web Designers Alert

As a web designer of just over 3 years, I was skeptical at what this book would offer me. Needless to say, I was quite impressed by what I read. The sections on usability testing didn't do much for me, although they were well written and practical. The real benefit of this book for me, and other designers as well, was the approach to usability. Too often designers get caught up in design and fail to think about the practicality and usability of that design. Krug sheds light on some basic principals (including home page design and the amount of text many of us tend to cram onto web pages) and shows how to make more usable web sites. Whether your a new designer or an old hand at this field, this book is an enjoyable, informative read. Written very informally, it feels like a conversation and not a lecture. My only complaint? It's too short. I breezed through this in one day. Still, the principals covered and the impact they're had on my work since then make this title worth the price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Command-Line Administrator's Pocket Consultant (Pro - Administrator's PC)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Concise and Potent

This is a very well written book with every page being very useful and consise. Each page is a treasure, which is a far cry to a lot of tech books filled with fluff and opinion these days.

I am both a Solaris and Windows system administrator, and though I dearly love GUI interface to access complex things, I would not like to repeat these tasks on hundreds of desktops. With this book, I found that I could automate chores and remotely configure desktops. There are so many gems in this book, this is a MUST have for any PowerUser, Admin, or anyone simply wanting to use command-line alternatives.

In the beginning Stanek covers the differences between Windows and MS-DOS command shells (cmd vs command) and environments, Win2k3 Reskit, and Cmd Shell fundamentals (similar but slightly different that ol' DOS Batch files). He then jumps into (Chap 4) one of the most important topics, task scheduling from the command line, which is essential for automation, especially for backups, virus updates, etc. The following chapters, he covers topics like registry maintence, process management, event logging, disk maintences (RAID, partitioning, formatting, etc.). The process management part can be useful in killing spyware processes, especially for spyware that blocks out such functionality through the GUI.

My favorite sections that have the most impact for me is Active Directory tools (account creation, groups, etc.), printer management, and network management. I tried to figure out, for instance, the enigma of "netsh" command before without success, and this book helped me on that powerful tool. Now armed with this knowledge, I can remotely configure desktops IP addresses, and monitor the health of printers, without even getting out of my seat.

All in all, this book is excellent. Very well organized chapters and flow of information, and very well written. It's works both for general reading and also as a reference.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Algorithm Design Manual
Publisher: Springer
Authors: Steve S. Skiena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Book Of ALgorithm

Este libro es senciallamente expectacular y creo que es la biblia de la algoritmia moderna.