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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apache: The Definitive Guide (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Ben Laurie, Peter Laurie
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good for System Admins. Otherwise... Not much to see here.


Just as an intro, I am likely to be biased towards this book because it does not cover topics that are particularly helpful to me at this time.
If you are a System Administrator, get this book. It will help you configure Apache down to great detail. If you are a programmer, get the online information. It is more up to date.
This book did increase my knowledge of security for Apache, as security is covered well in this book. It covers troubleshooting for both Unix and Windows (As if a Windows system is secure enough to run a web server) Systems.
As I am a programmer in the Java Language, I was disappointed to see that the authors pushed toward using scripting languages with Apache rather than full programming languages. This will limit what you can do with the Apache Server. This is a very sad commentary.
Also, being a programmer, I am more interested in the API's rather than the configuration of a Web Server. Now that the book is already outdated, the API's in the book are no good to me. So I use the API's provided with the Apache documentation. Not to mention, the authors recommend using Java 1.1. It has been several years since Java 1.2 has even been released. Did the authors do their research on Java before they printed the book?
This book covers the installation and configuration of mod_perl and Tomcat/j_serv, this was just fine for mod_perl (a scripting language), but did not help my cause, as I use Tomcat, and the authors are not very knowledgeable for Java based applications.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Complete reference for the exam and to review


I think is a complete reference to pass the Cisco's Exam and reviewing your concepts.You have virtual labs to configure different scenarios, and try many things. Nothing happen if you add a wrong line. And you can change easily everything.You will have the entire book in electronic format and many other sources to learn in your computer.But the exam version is not the last one. You can check in Cisco's site. However, the book is almoust complete.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE: Windows Server 2003 Environment Management and Maintenance Study Guide (70-290)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Lisa Donald, Suzan Sage London, James Chellis
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Pretty good


Passed this morning. All the topics in this book were covered in the 70-290 exam, or vice versa. The book content is good, the chapter tests are pretty good but the 2 bonus Testsims are another story. If you can get through these test sims without banging your head on your desk or pulling out your hair you are a better person than I am.

...So read the book, take some online sample tests, get the Minasi 2003 book and study hard, you should be all set.

Ben



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming in the Key of C#
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good if you never programmed before, otherwise a waste


Hopeful that this book off the Microsoft press would give me a quick start into the new C sharp language, I was disappointed to find this a flat. It fails to effectively address the large audience of Visual Basic, Delphi, and C++ programmers migrating to C#.

Most of the book is simplistic and tries to teach the reader how to "think like a programmer." The problem is that many people learning C# are already familiar with programming to some degree. In addition, this book desperately needs some larger code examples to give the reader an overall perspective, such as a few brief sample programs. A "quick reference" section of the book would be most helpful. This book also sticks purely to the C# language, and does not discuss anything about the compiler or the Visual Studio .NET environment. I am still clueless about some of Visual Studio's automated behavior.

People learning how to write for the first time will find this book an easy to understand introduction to programming. People migrating to C# from other languages will be disappointed. If you do decide to buy this book, I recommend getting a Sam's Teach Yourself C# book in addition so that you have a good reference.