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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent text, which I have thoroughly enjoyed reading, 28 April 1998
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This review is from: Win32 System Programming (Advanced Windows) (Hardcover)
Mr Hart has produced a detailed and authoritative account of the Win32 subsystem interface. Rather than many texts which simply list the Win32 API, Hart adds considerable value by introducing essential "how-to" design considerations which will simplify the life of any Windows NT/95 developer.

Win32 System Programming tackles many difficult topics, such as synchronization issues, fibers, file handling, asynch I/O and error processing. These are presented in a way that is understandable to both newcomers and more experienced developers. As well as introducing these individual concepts, the reader feels as though the author understands the 'big picture'- there are common links of discussion throughout the text.

I would suggest that all Windows developers would benefit from an understanding of the material this work contains. Experienced readers will appreciate the sound foundations of Operating System and in particular Concurrency theory on which this text is based, whereas beginners will find an essential core reference to support further forrays into the world of Win32 development.

Not all aspects of Win32 are covered, in particular coverage of the GUI is ommitted- however the book is not sold on this basis. I believe that developers armed with the information in Win32 System Programming will have a considerable advantage in approaching many important subjects in the future. For example, there is a very revealing insight into the techniques used in Hart's application server designs and the threading model used in COM.

In short- it contains information that every developer must know if they are to successfully develop reliable and performant applications for the Windows 32 platform. This text may also be relevant to students of Operating Systems. I for one will eagerly await a second edition!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book, 24 April 1998
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This review is from: Win32 System Programming (Advanced Windows) (Hardcover)
This books fills a gap and is a great concise intro to many Win32 topics. Even if you've already been through Richter's _Advanced Windows_ there are many nuggets here that make it a great companion volume.
The author, John Hart, is very responsive to userfeedback.

Here's the table of contents:

Chapter 1 Windows NT and Windows 95

Chapter 2 Getting Started with Win32

Chapter 3 Using the Win32 File System and Character I/O

Chapter 4 Direct File Access and File Attributes

Chapter 5 Structured Exception Handling

Chapter 6 Memory Management and Memory-Mapped Files

Chapter 7 Security

Chapter 8 Process Management

Chapter 9 Interprocess Communication

Chapter 10 Threads and Scheduling

Chapter 11 Win32 Synchronization

Chapter 12 Dynamic Link Libraries, In-Process Servers, and the ISAPI

Chapter 13 Asynchronous Input/Output

Chapter 14 Other Topics: Fibers, the Registry, and Beyond

Appendix A Using the Sample Programs

Appendix B Win32, UNIX, and C Library Comparisons

Appendix C Performance Results
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise Introduction to Win32 System Programming, 12 Jun. 1998
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This review is from: Win32 System Programming (Advanced Windows) (Hardcover)
I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the comparisons with Unix, and I especially liked the conciseness and value for money (too many Windows books are too thick and overpriced).
The web page supporting the book is outstanding and the author is very responsive to feedback.
Having said that I enjoyed the conciseness, I'm looking forward to a second edition with more detail and examples (on I/O completion ports, for instance).
I thoroughly recommend this book as good value for money; I'm sure you'll find the time to read it from cover to cover.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Solid Introduction to Win32 for Unix Professionals, 24 April 1998
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This review is from: Win32 System Programming (Advanced Windows) (Hardcover)
Two claims in the Preface caught my attention; one clearly stating that the book aimed not at a comprehensive introduction to Win32 but rather aimed to point out its central features. The other was that the book should be suitable for those with a Unix background and who wished to learn quickly about Win32. These criteria were high on my list and prompted me to purchase the book. I can say that my expectations were very well met.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fits perfectly within a niche readership., 28 April 1998
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This review is from: Win32 System Programming (Advanced Windows) (Hardcover)
A book that does not try to be a "jack of all trades" but sets out to give an experienced UNIX (system) programmer a good grounding in Win32 with enough detail to write useful code. I was very pleased to find this book after searching through the morass of GUI/OOP/"Hello world" publications that had little or no real content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 27 Mar. 1998
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This review is from: Win32 System Programming (Advanced Windows) (Hardcover)
One area where this book really shines: doing data migration in batch mode (non-gui). The other area is attacking Win32 programming by divide-and-conquer: the non-gui core, which could be built upon and extended later to include the gui. It is analogous to knowing the differences between C and C++.
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