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Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good book, if not a little wordy

Most of this book was considerably helpful. However, I found Doyle's lengthy description of OSPF (170 pages, most of it raw information) too detailed . If I had wanted to read the RFC for OSPF, I would have done so. If he could have separated the basic essentials of OSPF operation from the monotanous details of the protocol, I would have enjoyed the book much more. Instead, the basics of OSPF operation are mixed in with and muddled by ALL of the intricate details of the protocol. (I think he makes this mistake with all of the routing protocols, but the other routing protocols he describes are not nearly as complex as OSPF.) All of that aside, this book still remains one of my favorite and most recommended resources. It should be a member of every IT personel's book collection.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is all you need.

This is all you need to write HTML WITHOUT a designer. I use Active Server Pages and COM objects to generate dynamic HTML, so I rarely have the luxury of a designer like DreamWeaver or NetObjects Fusion. This book tells me exactly how to do what I want to do (even those pain in the ear <TABLE> definitions). It even tells the reader which tags are available for Netscape Only and IE Only. I would highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX Professional 2004 Application Development : Training from the Source (Training from the Source)
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Jeanette Stallons
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Misleading title

I was under the false assumption that "Application Development" was an advanced topic when it comes to Flash. This book assumes that this is not the case, and that I need to spend the first 5 chapters learning about variables, loops, movieclips, and classes. How many times can you possibly beat this topic into the ground? By the point that I am buying a book with Application Development in the title I would think that these things would be assumed prerequisites. So I guess you can start by ripping the book in half and tossing the front half in the trash (recycling bin) just so that it doesn't occupy space in your library that has already been covered by so many other books. I was also disappointed that this book doesn't cover PHP interaction at all. It seems to lean towards Cold Fusion and Java. I preordered the book so all I had to go on was the brief description of the book. Be sure to check out the table of contents before you order. Don't be mislead by the title of this book. It is not necessarily targeted towards the advanced Flasher.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is great. The cartoons are witty and the content is excellent. I especially like the retro images. It is a nice comfortable book that covers some extremely in depth topics. This book provides an excellent introduction to Java. Remember this is only an introduction to Java and in my opinion it is not to be an all encompassing book on this subject.I got a staff copy and we are using it to expose our Designers and business analyst to this technology. To date our results have been extremely successful.Two points:1. I wished this book was available when I started with Java. 2. I want to request an additional books" Enterprise Development with JSP, Java, Java Beans and EJBs "