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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, 4th Edition (640-801)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle, Sybex
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent but doesn't cover everything

I am a student and used this book for a network engineering class. I liked the authors writing style, and the book was an easy read but as stated before the example questions were not anything close to what is on the real exam. The biggest flaw though is that there is some incorrect info given in the fourth edition. The author states that RIPv2, subnet 0, and a few other technology areas will not be on the exam, however they were on the exam as of when I took it. All in all an ok book, but if you have little experience with this material, then consider getting additional study aids

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book for both Servlets and Java coding in general

As somebody who has been looking for a good book for learning Java, Servlets, and JSP, I have to say that this is far superior to many others that I've tried and gotten frustrated with. It's written in an easy-to-read, not-so-dry style that I really enjoy, and it's got plenty of great examples (which are a REQUIREMENT for me) that not only illustrate concepts, but are useful in their own right. And one thing that I totally appreciate is that Marty puts his email address right in the book, and is very responsive to issues or problems. I wish every computer book author would be like this. Five stars - highly recommended!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally on eBay

Without a doubt this is the most clearly written book in the "Dummies" series.
Ms. Collier has captured the essence of Ebay and provided an easy route from Tenderfoot to Turbo-Ebayer in a quick and entertaining read.
The section on accounting is particularly well written and I highly commend it to your attention.
If you buy any book on Ebay, buy this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Pearls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon Bentley
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Out of date

This book was useful in 1983, when professional programmers were still coding in assembler, and there was a need to get high-performance software into a small space (like 12K!).
But the world has moved on. Performance will always be a key issue, but the performance problems of the modern world typically do NOT lie in the areas which this author is enthusiastic about: the choice of sort algorithms. A lot of software doesn't do any sorting at all, but retrieves records from a relational DB pre-sorted by the SQL statement. (In this world, the DB vendor will be acutely aware of sort performance!)
But software has grown huge since 1983. Various techniques have evolved to handle this hugeness: structured analysis, modular design, and object-oriented techniques most recently. Most professional software engineers spent a LOT more time defining interfaces (and repairing them, or migrating them) then they will ever spend tweaking a sort algorithm.
After all, as the wise old programmer said, if you're only sorting a dozen things (or even two dozen), a bubble sort is the way to go: easy to code, easy to understand, a little slow, but with machines running at 2 gigahertz it all happens in less than a millisecond anyway.
I think you would be much better advised to read "Rapid Development" by Steve McConnell. That book is an excellent overview of modern software engineering issues and practices, and discusses dozens of essential things not even mentioned in this book (source code control, development cycles, release management, coding to requirements, and so on and on and on!)