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5.0 out of 5 stars Very in depth resource for IT Pros and Developers, 12 July 2009
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I have only had this book for a couple of days and have not completely finished reading it yet so cannot comment on all of the chapters, but what I have read so far has been interesting and valuable. Obviously in a book like this that goes into so much depth in so many areas, there are going to be some parts that are not useful to everyone but there is so much detailed information in here that I think any IT pro or Windows developer will find it an interesting and useful read.

This is very different to any other IT book I have read because normally these books just tell you how to do something and perhaps give you a brief explanation of how it works behind the scenes but this book is ALL ABOUT what happens behind the scenes. As a small example: a couple of pages in the Security section explain what exactly happens when you press Ctrl Alt Delete and log in (and also what happens before that point) - it explains which processes, DLLs, APIs, internal functions etc are used and in what order they are used... and that is one of the less detailed parts of this book! Other sections even go far as telling you the names of internal data structures and constants that Windows uses to do its work and although I have only had a brief look at the Memory Management chapter, it seems extremely detailed (over 140 pages).

It is actually more useful to me as an IT pro than I thought as it has given me an insight into things that I use often at work such as Hyper V (although that is one of the less in depth parts, there are still roughly 15 pages dedicated to it), the Volume Shadow Copy service, the Cache system built into Windows, networking, crash dump analysis and much more.

One thing I will say, which is not necessarily negative, is that it is not for beginners. I think really you need to understand at least a little bit about programming concepts and terminology and also be very familiar with Windows in general to really understand what a lot of this book is telling you. I've been an IT Professional for 3 years or so and do some .NET programming whenever I can but I struggle to grasp some of the things that are in here as there is not always an explanation of some of the terms or acronnyms used. To be fair to the author though, I dont think explanations of such things belong in this book as then it would be weighed down with explanations of too many basic concepts etc (and it is already roughly 1100 pages!).

Overall, one of the most interesting IT books I have purchased and I am looking forward to reading the rest of it.
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Initial post: 26 Oct 2009 13:52:45 GMT
P. Danes says:
It would be very impressive if you could read (and take in) the content of a 1200+ page (very) technical book in just a couple of days!! Are you a speed reading machine?
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