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Perfect to prepare for the certification, not to acquire new skills
on September 7, 2014
What best characterizes this book is unfortunately the variability of the content quality: the best, good practices, is mixed with the worst, bad practices.
It's the big issue with this book: it is sprinkled with errors, going from the harmless misuse of word, that only experts will spot, and without any consequence for the novice, to the bad practices, and including some wrong affirmations, which is more annoying.
However this book is also full of good introductions to various topics, some good illustrations, and often some good practices, and above all it is exhaustive relatively to the official program of the 70-483 certification.
I've written a full review of the book on my blog (pragmateek dot com), it will gives you a complete and accurate overview of the good and the bad parts.
My conclusion is that despite its numerous flaws this book is a must-have to pass the certification, hence my rating that could appear as too generous, but that takes into account the fact that this book perfectly does the job of preparing you for the 70-483 certification.
To acquire new technical skills you'd better forget this book and instead go for other well established books whose purpose if precisely to be technical references.