As an IT trainer, you know how important it is to keep a training library up-to-date with the latest editions of study guides, tutorials, and other learning materials. We checked out for the newest releases on the training and certification front. With the ink barely dry on the pages, your users will appreciate the updates.

When the operating system gets upgraded…
The MCSE Training Kit for Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional (Microsoft Press, $47.95) teaches IT pros how to install, configure, and administer the Windows 2000 Professional desktop operating system as they prepare for the corresponding MCP exam. Topics include setting up and troubleshooting the software; monitoring and optimizing system resources such as files, printers, and applications; and configuring hardware devices and drivers. The kit includes skills-based tutorials and hands-on lab exercises. The content covers Windows 2000 Professional in a generic server environment, but many examples reference Windows 2000 Server. Microsoft boasts the kit as “an economical alternative to classroom training” that allows students to set their own pace.

For Windows 2000 beginners, there are several new items on the market. For instance, Easy Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional (QUE Publishing, $15.95) covers installation, applications, working with folders and files, printing, customizing, accessories, and system maintenance.

The ABCs of XML
If programmers on your staff are moving into XML territory, they’ll certainly make use of XML Elements of Style (McGraw-Hill, $29.99). This book is designed for those with a basic understanding of XML document creation who want to use XML to create quality, structured documents, and DTDs. The book is organized into five comprehensive sections: an in-depth examination of the core structures of XML documents; tools for creating documents and DTDs; XML structures, including architectural issues and documentation consideration; misused or misunderstood features of XML; and a discussion of XML’s ability to create documents that can be used in multiple scenarios as well as its ability to connect different systems and processes.

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