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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 Scripting Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Destined to be a classic


I completely agree with Alex. This book is a significant achievement. The authors explain Windows scripting concepts and operations in clear, practical terms with examples that are immediately useful. Even more importantly, they knit together the underlying structures that support scripting in a way that no other publication on the market can match.
Each chapter is logically structured with just the right mix of theory and implementation. Each major concept builds on the preceding topics to build a clear, cogent picture of how scripts interact with the various elements of the system. The editorial quality is excellent throughout. I have not encountered proofing errors or other production flaws.
I highly recommend this book to any system administrator who wants to use VB scripting to simplify daily operations. It is the best in its class, bar none.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
O'Reilly can do much better - this is beginners only


For the last year or so I have been using Struts so I do not consider myself to be a starter. I read the book (almost cover to cover) and it is a good book. But it should be called 'starting with Struts'. Compared to other O'Reilly books (which i typically love) it does not have enought concepts and it does not have sufficient detail. What is left is a very, very good programming manual for a beginning Struts developer but a too limited resource for the more advanced strutsee. I am now going to read the Husted book, I hope to be more positive about that one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Expert only?


This book isn't as fun and easy as it sounds. I was able to play with a few "hacks", but on the whole, I didn't find this book too user-friendly or easy to comprehend.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server Reporting Services
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Paul Turley, Todd Bryant, James Counihan, George McKee, Dave DuVarney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
BI Consultant's review


This book does an excellent, thorough job of introducing the product (which is awesome!), and then going all the way through to advanced coding & custom manipulation. The authors have clearly presented the material in a comfortable style, while remaining seriously technical. As a consultant, seminar presenter, and MS2030 trainer, I use this book extensively as a reference as well as a recomendation. My background includes over 10 years of varied development, & reporting.