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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CISSP for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Lawrence C. Miller, Peter H. Gregory, Lawrence C. Miller, Peter Gregory
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference

Everyone knows that the CISSP exam is not for dummies, but don't let the title of this book put you off. It was great as a review/final cram before I took the exam. I think it would make an excellent first read, too. I studied using The CISSP Prep Guide and an online study group and then bought this book on the recommendation of someone in my study group. There is a chapter for each of the ten domains. There are no frills here, but the coverage is accurate, balanced, and matched pretty closely what I found on the exam. I particularly appreciated the study tools on the CD-ROM. The flash cards were pure genius. I was able to download them to my Palm, and I quizzed myself in the car all the way to the testing location. I definitely got my money's worth out of this book and highly recommend it to others sitting or considering sitting for the CISSP exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding Web Services: XML, WSDL, SOAP, and UDDI
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Eric Newcomer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
This book does not give insights on the topic

Getting a grasp of Web Services is immensely difficult. Every vendor has a different version - often twisting it to suite their commercial needs.
I have been working with the fundamentals for Web Services for over two years, and I have been amazed at the hype to which it has succumbed. Some of this hype is justified and it can be daunting separating facts from fiction.
I was pleased Eric Newcomer's book - it provided a relief from hype and grounds for clear thought. Mr. Newcomer approached this book from the ground-up and does not patronize the reader with unsubstantiated claims.
This book is recommended to the reader that is curious on Web Services and would like a book that can provide a launching pad towards understanding the subject.
In this book you will find:
- How Web Services evolved- The technology that makes it happen- The promises of Web Services- Different software vendor's strategy on Web Services
You will not find how to get started on running your first Web Services projects - that information can be found online or in another book.
In this book you can expect to find the foundation that will give you a good perspective on Web Services. Upon reading this book, you will be able to discern which areas of Web Services that will interest you the most. Armed with this knowledge you will be able to read materials on Web Services, immune to being swayed by marketing hype.
Best wished on your Web Services journey - it is an exciting field.
I hope you find this review helpful - please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ How to Program (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Outstanding self-learning tools

I have found your C++ How to Program and the C++ Cyber Classroom CD
really outstanding self-learning tools. It is usually difficult to learn a new discipline without attending lectures, but the combination of this text and the Cyber Classroom CD make this not only possible, but enjoyable. Congratulations, and continue the wonderful series !!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Throrough, but too thorough?

This book will take you head first into the world of A+ Certification. The book will tell you everything that you need to know about A+ Certification and then some. That's perhaps where the problem comes in. The book gives a lot of admittedly unnecessary information. All of this information is good though for an A+ Certified Technician to know and really makes you look like you know what you're talking about. The book is very high quality, includes many pictures and examples. As a result of this book I am now A+ Certified. Although I think the book has too much information I recommend it to anyone looking for a good study tool for the two exams that make A+ certification. The author has a unique sense of humor that makes studying a little more enjoyable than it normally would be.