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This book, published by Microsoft's publishing arm, explains lots of Windows NT Workstation 4.0 issues. As a tutorial for complete neophytes, Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 at a Glance may not be the best. However, if you know the task you want to complete (recover a deleted file or schedule remote mail delivery), you can find a page that tells you how to perform the task. In addition to the usual information about working with programs, windows, and files, you'll find useful tips on running DOS programs, using multimedia, and installing new hardware and software. This reference book for newcomers will prove invaluable if you've been using a computer long enough to know what you want to do, but don't know exactly how to do it.
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Object technology, and the associated object-oriented programming, is anecdotally reported to be a major tool in the evolution of software and information technology development. The object model is said to provide for faster development, greater code testability and reliability, and greater code reuse. The association with graphical user interfaces and "point and click" environments adds a perception of "ease of use" to the mix. Object technology, however, requires a very different perspective from that which has driven the information systems of the past. This is particularly true with regard to database management. Loomis states that the book assumes only "minimal" previous knowledge about either object technology or database man... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Continuing the grand tradition of O'Reilly's Windows Annoyances series, Office 97 works from the premise that using Office 97 and its component applications can be a downright awful experience without an understanding of various customization and optimization features. You'll find plenty of top-level tricks for customizing and making good use of each application's toolbars and settings and the Office Shortcut Bar. A large section of the book is devoted to Visual Basic for Applications, the programming language that allows you to customize the applications themselves. Some Office 97 quirks that are considered beyond help are also discussed, such as a variety of "sticky settings"--settings in Office applications that automatically c... Rest of this review on the detail page
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This is more of a collection of papers than a book. After an initial series of overview chapters, the details are covered by specialists in the various fields. Most such works can vary a great deal in both content and quality. This text, however, maintains a consistent standard of both information and readability throughout. After a discussion of "open"ness and distributed systems, there is an introduction to the concepts of modularity, communication and concurrency, as well as a look at real time systems and reliability. Then comes coverage of security, formal methods, communications support, CORBA (the Common Object Request Broker Architecture), multimedia, network management, distributed file systems and load balancing issues. T... Rest of this review on the detail page
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B> Most books on operating systems deal with theory while ignoring practice. While the usual principles are covered in detail, the book describes a small, but real UNIX-like operating system: MINIX. The book demonstrates how it works while illustrating the principles behind it. Operating Systems: Design and Implementation Second Edition provides the MINIX source code. The relevant selections of the MINIX code are described in detail. When it first came out, MINIX caused something of a revolution. Within weeks, it had its own newsgroup on USENET, with 40,000 people. Most wanted to make MINIX bigger and fancier. Instead, Linux was created. That has become quite popular, very large, and complicated. MINIX, on the other hand, has remained small... Rest of this review on the detail page
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