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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

If you are ready to prepare for the PMI PMP exam....you must purchase this book! It will provide the structure, information and insight that you will need to prepare for this complex exam. This book both compliments, and summarizes, PMBOK into an easy to follow study plan.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: .NET Framework Solutions: In Search of the Lost Win32 API
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: John Mueller, John Paul Mueller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent companion piece to Adam Nathan's bible...

If you are doing .NET -> Native interop., this book should pretty have almost all that you need. Note that it does not cover COM (RCW) interop in that much detail and does not talk about CCW (COM -> .NET). However, the coverage of MarshalAs() and the clever examples that show how to deal with the complex DirectX structures are alone worth the price of admission.

What I liked best was the author didn't take the cop out solution (managed C++) unless it was absolutely necessary. Most of the code examples in the book are in C# and this might be of some concern to the VB.NET programmers. The chapters are well organized and there's an appendix with 50+ good tips on PInvoke. If you are still struggling with your PInvoke interop problem after reading this book, it's time to bring out the heavy weight (Adam Nathan's bible) -- good luck!!!


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's Just Right!

Most computer books tend to be massive tomes that are little more than fluff and filler and readers truly learn little even after reading hundreds and hundreds of pages. This is what I call the "bloat" approach to computer manuals.
While there is a place for "bloat" manuals, the best books transcend this genre, and teach principles and background for understanding, as well as providing the essentials for getting the job done. William Stanek's most recent addition to the "Administrator's Pocket Consultant" series does just this for Windows Server 2003. Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant combines the basics of Windows 2003 for newbies, and provides a more-than-generous helping of advanced techniques and principles for experienced administrators. I have 3 years experience with Windows 2000, 5 with Windows NT before that, and I learned something on almost every page.
Stanek includes plenty of coverage of Windows fundamentals, and he gives plenty of examples. He makes things clear, even difficult and hard to grasp subjects. He provides enough instruction for the reader to get the task accomplished. He doesn't shy away from addressing the more difficult parts of the OS. There is a substantial amount of advanced material for the experienced administrator. The chapters on monitoring provided me the first thorough yet understandable overview of the subject I've found and this is follwed with expert-level how-tos and tips for improving performance. My only bone to pick with the book is that I wish there was a security pocket consultant written by Stanek, which there isn't. Don't get me wrong the book has lots of security coverage. It has security tips and cautions throughout, and provides good coverage of essentials. It doesn't however cover every conceivable security topic like a separate pocket consultant would.
It's almost certainly got the information you need, be you a new administrator, a convert from another OS, or a serious administrator searching for a good reference work. You will enjoy reading it, a rare thing for computer books, and if you read it all, you'll know 95% of what you will ever need to know for on the job. As of this writing, William Stanek's Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant is the best Windows Server 2003 book for your dollar.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop and Dreamweaver Integration (One-Off)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Colin Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Discussion of Both Products

These two packages are hands down the first choice among professionals for web design. Photoshop is easily the most popular image editing and creation application, and has enjoyed the unrivaled position at the top of the design industry for years. Dreamweaver is the favored took for taking all these beautiful graphics and arranging them for display on the web.

This is about a two (maybe three) day book, if you already have some knowledge of Photoshop. Add another day or two if you do not. One really strong point in the book is its concern with things like how fast the web page loads. So many earlier web sites were so extensively graphics oriented that people got tired of waiting for them to load. The site being designed in the book uses small but carefully designed graphics to add eye appeal.