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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective TCP/IP Programming: 44 Tips to Improve Your Network Programs
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon C. Snader
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very, very good.


I'll make it short: this book is on the par with Stevens' TCP/IP and Unix Programming books. If you got the money to spare, buy it. Addison Wesley have always been credible, and they get better and better. Kudos to the author, of course--that is an achievement.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding SNMP MIBs
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: David T. Perkins, Evan McGinnis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent! Nothing better.


I found this book to be excellent in helping me write my own SNMP MIBs for my job. No other reference or book was even close.
The book focuses on explaining SNMP MIBs and their syntax. This is extremely important, because the SNMP MIB syntax, while standardized by the IETF RFCs, is not followed strictly by vendors (probably because they didn't have this book).
The strength of this book is that it provides PRACTICAL information on making your own MIBs. Whereas books like Stalling's SNMP book cover the standard, they don't always give you the practical day-to-day help for your job. The authors experience in SNMP MIBs is geniuine as evidenced by their development of a commercial MIB compiler.
Now the negatives:1) This book was published in 1997 and needs updating2) Book plugs the author's own MIB compiler. These days otherMIB compilers are available. Nice to have it included on the CDROM3) Authors periodically express their "Own Opinion" regarding RFCs and make their recommendations. While these are interesting, I don't find them useful. For example, recommending disallowing hypens from labels from v1 to v2. At this point, the standard is the standard. Again, these may have made more sense in 1997.
In summary, buy this book if you are a need to understand MIBs - either a MIB writer or an SNMP developer.



Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply unbelievable.


"Cisco LAN Switching" surpasses the King James Bible as the greatest written work... ever. Guttenburg would have invented his printing press years before had he owned a copy of this book.
Buy this, and be prepared to enter the Church of Clark and Hamilton. As a Cisco engineer, your life will never be the same. The only downside is that the last chapter wasn't finished in time, so you only need to assume that Bill Yeager is God, and he reigns supreme in ARPANET (not L. Ron Hubbard as previously thought.)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Adobe Photoshop CS Book for Digital Photographers (Voices That Matter)
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical and Helpful


Best Photoshop book I ever bought. Excellent step by step intructions.95% of what in this book is what I need to use daily.