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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantabulous!!


As a system administrator, i do scripting very often to improve the work efficiency in my team. This book is definitely a must to all new, intermediate and expert support/engineers and developers dealing with AD. The contents are very comprehensive which covered most of the topics you want to know about AD. The authors often add more examples in their website, corrected bugs found in the scripts and one value added i found that really amazed me was massive scripts written in different languages to cater for different users in their website. No other websites have better example than his!! This book gave me a better understanding of AD, the samples of scripts have helped me a lot and my project is almost completed now. Many thanks to the author, Robbie Allen for his advice. O'reilly books are great in general!! Well done!!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ULTIMATE CCNA Prep book! Just passed with a 913!


I am a Cisco Networking Academy student and I just passed the CCNA 640-607 Exam yesterday. This wasn't the only book that I used to prep for the exam, but this book was instrumental in providing me with the answers for the exam that the other books didn't. Along with this book, I used the Cisco Networking Academy online curriculum, ICND, Ciscopress Router and Switch eSim, Transcender, and Preplogic. Hands-on experience with routers and switches was the key to my success, but I could have easily passed this test by using only the this book. The test was a lot harder than the Transcender CCNA practice test. It's usually the other way around. Anyway, if you get only ONE book for exam prep, get this one. You will not regret it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VI Editor Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very, very good pocket reference


I always only knew enough of vi to get me in and out of it without getting frustrated. A very basic understanding such as the commands i, a, o, dd, dw, Y and P. Actually, those were just about all I used except for wq! I did all of my coding in GUI IDE's and such... Mainly 'Moleskine' (which is a very very nice editor, by the way).
Recently, I realized that I hate having to always remove my hands from the keyboard every time I wanted to cut and paste or even scroll down the page. I decided to move on to vi. I tried elvis and vim. Since I don't like true <tabs> in my source code, and work suggests 4 spaces instead of <tabs>, then I had to go with vim because elvis didn't have the expand tab option.
Anyway, I'm amazed at what vim (and elvis too) can do! I started out reading the vim and elvis docs and saw a whole slew of things it can do. This is going to save me a lot of time and effort when coding! I got some nice syntax highlighting set up in vim (to match how elvis does it... just black and white. easy on the eyes.) and learned a lot of about the editor.
I figured that I wouldn't remember everything there was to know about the vi commands and such, so I went out and bought this book. Over the past 2 days I have been diving into it at least 10 times a day to discover if there are any commands or to get the right syntax for the ones I remember. This is already worth the [money] I spent on it!! I've learned a lot of things from it already.
I'd say if you are a seasoned vi user, this book isn't going to be of much help to you. Also, if you are a new user to VI, you need to get a full tutorial such as the parent book to this so they can walk you through some things. This book is just a *Pocket Reference*! Meaning, if you forget a commands syntax, this is a good thing to have on your desk so you can grab it quickly! It's not going to teach you squat about vi if you don' t know how to even enter Insert mode! However, if you're like me and you only know enough to get you in and out of vi, pick this book up! You'll be amazed at the commands you have been missing and the commands that will help you very very much! VI beats a GUI editor for efficiency and productivity, hands down!
Now, back to coding!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual C# .NET Step by Step--Version 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jon Jagger, John Sharp
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Visual C# .NET Step-by-Step is a good book


For some reason Amazon seems to think that two different titles: Visual C++ .Net: Step by Step: Version 2003 and Visual C# .Net: Step by Step are two different editions of the same book.
Some of the reviews you will read for this book refer to the other "edition". I really like the C# book, but I've never even seen the C++ edition.
If you are developing a new .NET application with forms, I can't think of any reason to use Visual-C++. If you have a lot of legacy C++ code that you'd like to port to .NET, then you might want to use Managed C++.
The book I bought is Visual C# .Net Step by Step Version 2003 by John Sharp and Jon Jagger. It seems like a really good introduction to programming Windows Forms with Visual C# in Visual Studio 2003.