[Kc] new o'reilly books

David Nicol davidnicol at gmail.com
Tue May 17 15:13:52 PDT 2005

As usual, contact me off-list if you would like to write a review of any 
of these.  Pat, would you like to review the music formats book?

***GDB Pocket Reference
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100272
Covering several popular programming languages, this handy guide details
the essentials of using GDB in a testing environment. This book shows you
how to specify a target for debugging, perform a careful examination to
find the cause of program failure, and make quick changes for further
testing. Having a quick way to refer to GDB's essential functions is the
key to making the process work smoothly, and this book is the only
reference you'll need.

***Deploying Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0
Publisher: Syngress
ISBN: 193226650X
This book covers all the topics needed to plan, design, and implement a
reliable, scalable server-based computing solution in a Citrix/Windows
2003 environment. Whether you're building thin client environments for
disaster recovery purposes or rolling Citrix MetaFrame out as the network
model for the day-to-day activities of a company, you will find this book
to be a great resource. It also offers invaluable advice and direction on
optimization, redundancy, troubleshooting, and scalability.

***Digital Audio Essentials
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596008562
This indispensable reference helps you avoid time-consuming, costly trial
and error in downloading audio files, burning CDs, converting analog music
to digital form, publishing music to and streaming from the web, setting
up home stereo configurations, and creating your own MP3 and other audio
files. Designed for both Mac and PC users, it includes reliable hardware
and software recommendations, tutorials, resources, and it even explains
the basics of the DMCA and intellectual property law.

Chapter 16, "Setting Up an Internet Radio Station," is available online:

***802.11 Wireless Networks: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100523
If you want to deploy your own wireless network, this book is the perfect
starting place to gain an understanding of the capabilities and risks
associated with the 802.11 protocols. This updated edition covers
everything you need to know about integrating wireless technology into
your current infrastructure. Designed with the system administrator or
serious home user in mind, it's a no-nonsense guide for setting up 802.11
on Windows and Linux.

Chapter 21, "Logical Wireless Network Architecture," is available online:

***Don't Click on the Blue E!
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009399
For anyone who has grown disenchanted with Internet Explorer, this book is
here to help. With its straightforward approach, it gives non-technical
users a step-by-step roadmap for switching to a better web browser:
Firefox. As the only book that covers the switch to Firefox, this how-to
guide is a must for all those who want to browse faster, more securely,
and more efficiently.

A sample excerpt, "Safety and Security," is available online:

***Visual Basic 2005: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007264
This practical book offers nearly 50 hands-on projects in an informal,
code-intensive style. Each project explores a new feature of the language,
with emphasis on changes that can increase productivity, simplify
programming tasks, and help you add new functionality to your
applications. This one-of-a-kind book also offers suggestions for further
experimentation and links to online documentation and other sources of

Chapter 2, "The Visual Basic Language," is available online:

***The Art of Project Management
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596007868
In this book, you'll learn from a veteran manager of software and web
development how to plan, manage, and lead projects. This personal account
of hard lessons learned over a decade of work in the industry distills
complex concepts and challenges into practical nuggets of useful advice.
Inspiring, funny, honest, and compelling, this is the book you and your
team need to have within arm's reach.

Chapter 3, "How to Figure Out What to Do," is available online:

***Visual C# 2005: A Developer's Notebook
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 059600799X
This unique "all lab, no lecture" guide covers all of the great new
features in C# with 50 hands-on projects. Each project explores a new
feature, with emphasis on changes that increase productivity, simplify
programming tasks, and add functionality to applications. You'll find
suggestions for further experimentation, links to online documentation,
plus practical notes and warnings. The book also shows developers how to
acquire, install, and configure Visual Studio .NET 2005.

Chapter 1, "C# 2.0," is available online:

***iMovie HD and iDVD 5: The Missing Manual
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596100337
For both professional and amateur moviemakers, David Pogue's witty and
entertaining guide details every step of iMovie HD video production, from
choosing and using a digital camcorder to burning the finished work onto
DVDs. In addition, this book provides a firm grounding in basic film
technique so that the quality of a video won't rely entirely on magic.
It's your ultimate moviemaking-made-easy source.

***Access Hacks
Publisher: O'Reilly
ISBN: 0596009240
This valuable guide provides hands-on solutions to help users master
Access. For experienced users, "Access Hacks" offers a unique collection
of proven techniques and tools that will take their database skills and
productivity to the next level. For Access beginners, this book helps them
acquire a firm grasp of the program's most productive features. Topics
covered range from utilizing SQL inquiries to working with Access in
multi-user environments.

Sample Hack 61, "Use Excel Functions Inside Access," is available online
(along with five others):

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