Like most developers, I have a full shelf of technical books. In the lower-right corner, however, I keep three or four books on a ledge of their own, at close reach. I think of these few books as my landmark books—the books that brought me to an entirely new level of understanding and capability. These books all share an uncanny capability: At first reading, they introduce and demystify concepts, and then in later readings, they serve as a detailed technical reference providing critical details I simply can't find anywhere else. From the moment I began writing, my mission was to make Applying COM+ that kind of book.

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