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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Big Java
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cay Horstmann
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not a good book for beginners


This is not a good book for Java beginners. I would recommend looking at some other book if your going to try and learn Java for the very first time. The book hops around on topics, does not present the information in a simple or straight forward way.
I would recommend looking for a different book if you are new to Java.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Scott Schnoll
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must read for any Exchange administrator!


Its quite obvious that the author has many years in the field working with Exchange, and the fact that his experiences are interwoven into this book (along with his easy to read writing style) makes this book one of my favorites. Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Distilled covers a tremendous amount of highly relevant and useful information. Its a great resource for anyone that wants or needs to better understand how Exchange 2003 works, and in what circumstances to configure particular features. I am so glad that he wrote it, and that I now have it in my own Exchange resource library! It is also worth noting that since writing this book, the author has joined the Exchange User Education team at Microsoft. His expertise is widely acknowledged, and his book an invaluable resource.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Virtual Teams : People Working Across Boundaries with Technology
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Jessica Lipnack, Jeffrey Stamps
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical Ideas for Boundary-Crossing Teams


The very nature of teams has changed in most organizations. This change is not rooted in the use of technology but rather in organizational changes that require teams that cross all kinds of boundaries: organizational, temporal, geographic, functional, cultural. Virtual Teams focuses on the fundamental issues that challenge members, leaders, and stakeholders in these boundary-crossing teams rather than simply on the technology that connects them. A major strength of the book is the wealth of stories about how key ideas have been applied in both public and private sector organizations. This book offers practical ideas you can apply to any team - whether it is co-located or spread across the world. - Lisa Kimball, Executive Producer, Group Jazz



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Security Resource Kit
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Ben Smith, Brian Komar, Elliot Lewis, Members of the Microsoft Security Team
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
An overly wordy reference with lots of hidden gems


I've read nearly a dozen security related books now, including a lot from the Hacking Exposed team. This doesn't compare. There's no flare, there's no personality, it's a reference text.
It reads like a text book, infact, 90% of what's in it is probably in the standard MS texts, manuals and online. So while it's great they've brought all this info together in one place, they might have been better to wrap explination around references, rather than repeating information verbose.
There are lots of gems hidden away, like a detailed description of how kerberos and the token issueing processes work. But sometimes it really falls short, like when listing security related event IDs, it only lists the "more common" ones and there's no reference to locate the rest.
I read this cover to cover, which I think was a mistake, it's probably better as a reference, where if you've got a task to perform, you skim the relevant sections.
Your milage may vary.