I'm an avid fan of buying and reading technical books.<BR><BR>I'll read through them first and then I keep them around as a reference for later.<BR><BR>When I pick books out, I'll go to Amazon.com and read a bunch of the reviews. If it gets generally favorable reviews, then I'll go find it in a bookstore and thumb through it.<BR><BR>Just my two cents -- everyone is different.
My boss went out and got me a COM+ book, of course not the one i asked for. he goes and gets me one for Visual C++. Make sure when you get one that you get it for the environment which you want to develop your components in. This book is such a piece and I feel it just doesn't apply to my situations. It makes it a lot easier if you can follow the book around and stuff. Don't get a DCOM book expecting a different topic, DCOM = COM + some little stuff from what i've read.