Manning Press always impressed me with their books I gotten in the past. Java Development with Ant is a terrific book if you use any automated build system because the book lays out a great methodology for approaching and implementing automated builds. Hibernate in Action is critical if you do any work at all with O/RM systems and specifically if you work with Hibernate or NHibernate.
The only problem with Manning was that they were slow to get into the .NET space. That’s changed, however, and now they’re slowly building up a nice catalog of good-looking books on great topics.
I’m particularly excited about the early release copy of Windows PowerShell in Action I just got. I haven’t gotten far in to the book, but it appears to do a great job of laying out the basics and nitty-gritty of PowerShell.
I fooled around with PowerShell as part of working on my book, but left off playing with it months ago. PowerShell in Action will push me to do more playing with
Monad I mean PowerShell, and perhaps even get some real work done.