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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Core Requirements, Exams 70-290, 70-291, 70-293, 70-294
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Zacler. Craig, J.C. MacKin, Ian McLean, Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
MS Press don't want you pass at all


Like all the other books from MS Press, they do their best to let you fail the exam. The topic covered in the book usually not well balanced or deep enough to gain knowledge.
Buy some publishedr book which is well target for certificate exam.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Agile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Robert C. Martin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Uncle Bob's Jewelry Store


I'm not just reading this book, I'm implementing it. Since I don't work in Java or C++ I re-write each pattern and look at every line. This is perfect. I end up learning the pattern to the extent that when I come across it at work I feel it approaching like a bus in the city at a street corner. I'm strapped to the front of a Saturn booster and I'm already going faster than the speed of sound. The sky is turning dark blue. -- I wrote an acceptance test framework over the holiday after reading chapter four on testing. My unit test code is so simple now it makes me blush. I can't hear anything anymore because I'm going faster than sound. But I'm not hurrying. Work is being done. Design flows like the thrust pushing that star ship. We're going somewhere. It's rubbing off. I find myself at the white board with other guys in my office talking and having fun like a bunch of happy programmers. Fun, yeah. Intellectually fun. We're moving fast and if somebody gets in the way, I can stop. Let me tell you about this new thing I just learned... This book is a working man's book. You'll end up using these gems as tools. You'll find design easy. Your brain has already been wrapped around the common problems you work on every day. You'll go, "Oh, yeah. I saw that in this book". It's concise like code with every line essential - no fluff. The fluff was removed. You've got principles, patterns and practices with examples. You won't learn this stuff without examples. I find myself wanting more examples. Give me a range Uncle Bob, give me the range. Guess what. The range is our there in the application of the principles, patterns and practices. Care to go exploring? Get this book!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is THE definative CISSP study guide


I've read most of the CISSP books out currently. The SRV books, Exam cram, prep guide, secured computing, and the first two infosecurity management handbooks. Out of all of them, this book is by far my favorite.
Shon Harris presents the information in very easy to understand terms and uses vivid analogies which helped me retain more of the information. With the other books I found the reading quite dry and often caught myself losing focus. The All-In-One book was much easier to digest. Those of you who have read Bruce Schneier's Secrets and Lies should have a good idea on the writers style.
Despite Amazon's information, this book comes in at 924 pages from the front to the glossary. While Chapter 12, Operations Security ends around page 840, there are almost 100 additionaly pages of interesting and relevant information. For the price I definately think this is the best buy around.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Pocket Reference, 2nd Edition (Pocket Reference (O'Reilly))
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric Meyer
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
CSS 2 and 2.1


[ I have the 2nd Edition, which covers CSS 2 and 2.1 ]

Probably not enough explanation for beginners and not enough detail for experts. If you're looking for explanation or detail, I'd suggest either the CSS Cookbook or CSS - The Definitive Guide.

This would be useful for someone who already knows the basics and is comfortable with CSS, but doesn't have everything memorized or is new to CSS 2. For myself, once I've learned the basics of something, it's nice to have something to flip through for reminders and simple examples.

The first 30 pages or so cover the basic rules for CSS, while the remaining pages contain brief explanations of each CSS element - grouped and arranged in alphabetical order.