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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 Server Resource Kit
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent resource that picks up where the MOC ends

This is a must for any serious designer of a Windows 2000 network. An excellent addition to the official Microsoft curriculum taught in training centres. For example...Currently there is very little information on IIS 5.0 availible. The resource guide for IIS 5 in this package is excellent covering many aspects including the new 'digest authentication'.
AD designers looking at changing their AD schema should access this resource before embarking upon making changes...
Excellent sections on Kerberos authentication. Which is new to many NT administrators moving to Windows 2000.
There are many potential pitfalls when upgrading a network to Windows 2000. This resource kit is an excellent way of minimising that risk.
Very readable and a must for all serious Windows 2000 engineers....

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: OCA/OCP: Oracle9i DBA Fundamentals I Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Biju Thomas, Bob Bryla
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Enough to pass, i might even keep it

I passed the test with 51 right out of 60. This book definitely helped clear up some concepts I had been hazy on in the past, like the relationships between segments and extents. I might even keep it around as a reference just because it's got enough condensed info on a wide range of topics that it might prove useful at some point when I need to create a profile or a partitioned index.
If you have the extra dough, spring for the practice tests at selftestsoftware.com. Some of those questions showed up almost word for word on the exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Humane Interface: New Directions for Designing Interactive Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jef Raskin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book based on mathmatics and phsycology

Finally a book by an author who has sat down and worked out his ideas by mathmatics and lab testing! He goes into examples of problems and provides elegant solutions to fixing them. Also teaches basics of how to test you design compared to others and can largly eleminate "preference" from something plauged by crank scientists theories and ideas.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Robert C. Martin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
deserves the five stars

No other book has these topics -- Design Patterns, Test Driven Development, and Object Oriented Design Principles -- within its covers, with such extensive examples.
One of the books I require my developers to read, along with Design Patterns by Gamma, et al., and Refactoring by Martin Fowler.