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[techbooks] REVIEW: "Inside Windows NT", David A. Solomon

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    BKINSWNT.RVW 990407 Inside Windows NT , David A. Solomon, 1998, 1-57231-677-2, U$39.99/C$55.99/UK#36.99 %A David A. Solomon daves@solsem.com %C 1
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 1999
      BKINSWNT.RVW 990407

      "Inside Windows NT", David A. Solomon, 1998, 1-57231-677-2,
      %A David A. Solomon daves@...
      %C 1 Microsoft Way, Redmond, WA 98052-6399
      %D 1998
      %G 1-57231-677-2
      %I Microsoft Press
      %O U$39.99/C$55.99/UK#36.99 800-MSPRESS (6777377) fax: 206-936-7329
      %P 528 p.
      %T "Inside Windows NT, Second Edition"

      This is a true "inside" book--the story, as it were, of the internals
      of Windows NT. And, like all too many internals books, this is not
      the kind of text you want to review if you are, say, already a little

      Chapter one looks at some of the concepts of the NT architecture.
      Unfortunately, it does not explain all of them very well. Some of the
      content seems to have been included with a view to proving how much
      more the author knows about NT than we do. For example, we are told
      how to produce a "checked" version of the operating system, even
      though vanishingly few readers will ever see NT source code. (Okay,
      the likelihood of you seeing it just went up. Marginally. Maybe.)
      Although chapter two looks at many aspects of the NT architecture,
      there is a similar lack of fundamental explanations on numerous
      points. The illustrations seldom help to clear things up, and the
      relatively frequent practice of putting text and related pictures on
      different pages does not contribute to the clarity of the material.
      System mechanics gets into more detail, but there is still a lot of
      trivia in chapter three.

      Chapter four looks at processes and threads, and, with specifics to
      talk about, the material improves. Memory management is discussed in
      chapter five. The review of security, in chapter six, is quite brief.
      While it starts to present a framework for NT security, it never gets
      very far, and provides few details. Chapter seven presents a
      structure for I/O that has mostly been given before in the book. The
      cache manager is described in chapter eight. There is a wealth of
      information about NTFS (NT File System) in chapter nine, but the
      presentation and logic of the text are difficult to follow. Chapter
      ten describes enhancements to be made to NT 5. There is little
      detail, but with the changes announced on the fly to Windows 2000 this
      probably doesn't matter very much.

      Solomon, unfortunately, does not provide the readability that Custer
      did in the first edition. However, systems people have been waiting
      so long for this upgrade that they will be happy to see it in any

      copyright Robert M. Slade, 1997, 1999 BKINSWNT.RVW 990407

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