Quick Review: Good Content, Poor Organization

Exchange application guide needs a makeover

When they first released Exchange, Microsoft's major concern was replacing the old MS Mail post office that littered office throughout the globe. There was apparently no concern for making Exchange developer-friendly at all in those days. As Exchange matured, however, Microsoft started adding features for developers, like the Events service and CDO. With the advent of Exchange 2000, developers now have an actual development platform that can be used to write powerful applications.

Pros: Good coverage of methods and properties of necessary objects.
Poorly organized.
Verdict: Get this book on sale if you can.

This book is designed to help you take advantage of that, but it could do a better job. A few chapters in the book say one thing in the title, but describe something else. For example, chapter 6 is titled Outlook 2000 and Digital Dashboards but most of its content describes the Outlook view control. There is also a great deal of content that does not belong in a development book, like instructions on how to install Windows 2000 and installation instructions for Exchange 2000 and Outlook Web Access (you should know these things by the time you read this book). The author does spend a great deal of time discussing the various properties and methods of various controls and events that you will use to develop in Exchange, so there is a redeeming quality. Overall, this book has some value but not enough to warrant the price. Get it on sale if you can find it.

About the Author

Joseph L. Jorden, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, CCDA is Chief Technical Officer for Dugger & Associates (www.Dugger-IT.com). He was one of the first 100 people to achieve the MCSE+I and one of the first 2,000 to become an MCSE under Windows 2000. Joseph frequently contributes to books from Sybex and various periodicals.


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