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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Lacking but probably should be your first read for CISSP

This book attempts to cover the 10 domains in the CBK which is not possible in one book, much less a book that's not even 600 pages. However, this should probably be the first book you read in preparing for the CISSP exam. The reason for the three stars is because of the amount of errors in the book. I contacted the publisher a week ago for a link to the corrections and to date - still no response (doubt I'll get one). The CISSP exam covers multiple fields in security and for those of you who are in a technical field will see how lacking the authors are there. As a security analyst in a CERT, I was blown away by the authors' lack of knowledge. I would put in a few examples of the types of errors but I doubt Amazon would print this if I did.On a positive note, I still recommend this book due to a lack of choices. Since this does cover all 10 domains very briefly, it will give the readers a good idea of what their weaknesses and strengths are.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Minasi is the Commandant!!!

I am setting at my desk one night, eyes a bright crimson shade of red, about 3:25 AM, heart about to explode due the massive amounts of caffiene that I had ingested, my hair standing on end after having attempted to pull it out for the last seven hours working on a DNS issue with Windows 2000 Server. I put both of my hands on my chin and my fingers covered my eyes at the moment. I slightly parted my index finger from my middle finger for a second and caught sight of my bookshelf. And then through an extreme blur I could see the big words " Mastering Windows 2000 Server, Third Edition."
Went to the "glorious" DNS section, figured out what I was doing wrong, and was out of there in about 15 minutes.
Do yourself a real big favor folks. If you deal with Win2K in any capacity at all, don't ever be caught without this book!!!!
Rock on Minasi!!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Struts: The Complete Reference (Osborne Complete Reference Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James Holmes
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Lacks Depth, Found Printing Mistakes

The book starts with good introduction to Struts basics but lacks depth and explanation. In addition to that I found some printing mistakes in some of the examples in LookupDispathAction and MappingDispatchAction classes. I saw such mistakes somewhere else also in the book. The Tiles chapter does not cover some of the basic things, which someone new to Tiles should know.
Overall I do not think I would recommend this book for struts. I liked the book Struts in Action: Building Web Applications with the Leading Java Framework by Ted Husted and Struts authors, which covers the nitty gritties on every struts topic and is more thorough.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The most effective use case book.

This book was very informative. It really teaches you great techniques for writing Use Cases. It is the best book I've found for writing Use Cases but introduces a couple of concepts that it falls short in conveying understanding. There was never any explanation referring to Extensions meaning Alternative Flow Of Events. This is obvious, so I presumed it to be true. I'm sure many of you know, but nothing explained it, and every example said: None. Even the example that states that an Extension Point is used in the next Use Case, still says: None.
There are grammatical mistakes throughout the book (Not a big deal).
I felt, that if you read this and stay within the realm of the authors suggestions, and disregard the alternative methods, you should be alright. I would suggest to the author improving the explanations of a White Box Use case, instead of supplementing content with examples. I know what White Box is in Design, but It would be wrong of me to presume the same behavior in a Use Case.
The icons are a very handy reminder, and even with all the the perceived problems with the book, I think it's the best one available that I've seen. ESPECIALLY when compared to the Unified Process books.