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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Incredibly useful

Having inherited and written code so incomprehensible it might as well be written in ancient Etruscan, I keep this book with me whenever coding. This book is probably one of the most useful books on programming in my possession. It takes an example-based approach to refactoring, and includes a well-written catalog of refactoring methods.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for Java beginners

I am new to Java and C++ and I have tried to read a few books on C++ and OOPs concepts, but this book is the best of the lot for beginners. It presents OOPs concepts very well in the beginning and gradually takes you into Java and how Java implements the various OOPs concepts previously discussed. I was also comfortable with the pace of the book.
I will recommend this book to readers who want to gain an initial understanding of Java, C++ or OOPs.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Nonprofit Internet Strategies : Best Practices for Marketing, Communications, and Fundraising Success
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ted Hart, James M. Greenfield, Michael Johnston
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Non-Profits For Entrepreneurs

Well paced and organized. This book provides very practical information about starting a successful nonprofit.

Product: Book - CD-ROM
Title: Cisco CCNA Network Simulator: CCNA Self-Study, Router Simulation Software for Hands-On CCNA 640-801 Skills Enhancement
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Boson Software Inc.
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

First off, don't buy this thinking there are any practice exams bundled with it. That would prove too cost effective for you to receive a complete package for one price. In any case, the application is buggy. Many errors were generated in the middle of labs causing the app to dump out and close without warning. Needless to say, it was very annoying and a tremendous cost, opportunity wise.

Additionally, the Boson Nazi's are so paranoid about you 'sharing' this product, it is impossible to install it on any other machine other than the one you initially pick without jumping through more hoops than it is worth. All I wanted to do was have it on my PC at work (since work has endorsed this activity) and be able to study at home. No luck, buy two copies I guess.

When the program did work, it had the look and feel of a router/switch which is the only reason this review gets 2 stars instead of one. My advice, study the books and use the limited versions that come with them (any of them; Sybex, Cisco Press, etc). They are all I ended up using.