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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Typical Wrox


Standard Wrox book -- Able to come out first on a hot topic by pulling most of the text directly from spec sheets, then wrapping some of their own thoughts around it. Usually, by the time they get to the third printing, though, they've totally rewritten it to actually be readable.
The examples are fairly abstract and weak -- Don't try to see the results from them, 'cause they're really for demonstration purposes only.
Another Wrox publishing technique is to repeatedly make references to other sections within the book. This works great online using hyperlinks, but supplies no continuity in a printed book. Again, it appears it's easier to fall back on "goto's", than to take the time to logically organize a book.
Finally, while I expect a certain level of jargon in a technical book, just plain bad writing is something else. For example, if you think the following text is just fine, then this book is for you:
"In this case the XPath expression is a path expression starting with <<document('')>>, which selects the root node of the stylesheet module, followed by <<*>>, which selects its first child (the <xsl:stylesheet> element), followed by <<user:data>>, which selects the <user:data> element, followed by <<message[@nr=$message-nr]>>, which selects the <message> element whose nr attribute is equal to the value of the $message-nr parameter in the stylesheet."
Got that?
My advice: Wait for O'Reilly Press to come out with a usable book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C# (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Karli Watson, David Espinosa, Zach Greenvoss, Jacob Hammer Pedersen, Christian Nagel, Jon D. Reid, Matthew Reynolds, Morgan Skinner, Eric White
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Slow + No answers to exercises


This book is quite easy to read for a beginner. However, for a true beginner who needs to check answers to the exercises provided in the book...well, that's another story. The authors forgot who their audience is and just like that they decided not to provide answers to the exercises given at the end of the chapters. This made the book quite a bit challenging for me, and the so called "P2P" forums in the publisher's website are many times not useful at all. Before buying this book, browse through all of the complaints posted in these "P2P" forums and you'll know what I'm talking about.
Otherwise, the book is presented in a fairly comprehensive way for a beginner to understand.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Unleashed (2nd Edition) (Unleashed)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rand Morimoto, Kenton Gardinier, Michael Noel, Omar Droubi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
covering almost all topics and clear explanations


I have read the book and covering almost all subjects.Explanations are very clear and all process and examples are given step by step.To tell more clearly ,especially for active directory domains,the writers used understandable graphics and writtens.Oftenly the differences between win2000 and win2003 are given as trips.You can process examples on your pc without any problems because it seems that all examples were already tested.If you are learning windows2003 by himself,it is very useful to you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
XSLT must-have


This is currently the most up to date and comprehensive book on XSLT. Not only covers XSLT in depth but also has chapters on the main XSL processors. Excellent examples throughout and a nice, readable style of writing.