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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Get certified!

This book is cover all materials you need to know. There are some misktake and error, but very good explaination. If you want to know more detail about the networking stuffs, you got to buy more books to master them. However, This book is enough for the Network+ certification. Good Luck !!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java for the Web with Servlets, JSP, and EJB: A Developer's Guide to J2EE Solutions
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Budi Kurniawan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
From someone who loathes computers

Given the option, I would prefer to live during the late 1800s (with today's medical technology of course) when the republic was mature and very free. People weren't bombarded with information and noise back then and the world was still big. But I digress. I just got a new job in this miserable business and I had to come up to speed quickly on this stuff. I love the tone and pace of this book. I am definitely not the type of person who would read anything related to computers in their spare time. But I actually plan on reading this book from cover to cover. Each chapter builds on knowledge gained from the previous chapter at a very comfortable pace. This tends to build your curiosity about the next subject. After two days I no longer have a fear of the unknown. Excellent book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Study Guide

I am somewhat of a newbie to PC hardware, but this book showed me just what I needed to know for the A+ exams. Using this book as my pretest study guide, I was able to focus on just the information I needed for the exams. I liked the fact that the book doesn't include the entire history of PCs and focuses on just what you need to know for the exams. I used one of the doorstop books (Myers) for my first attempt at the exams and learned a lot about PCs, but unfortunately didn't pass. However, using this book, I was able to focus on just the information I needed for the exam and passed with no problems. Mr Gilster presents the information in a very entertaining way and this book is an easy read.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I highly recommend this book!

I've been programming professionally for the last two years. While I have worked with COM before it has mainly been through VB. That has always bothered me because my main language is C++. Unfortunately, implementing solutions in C++ that require COM can be time consuming.
Enter ATL.
ATL makes COM development a snap but it can be a complex beast in it's own rite. Many of ATL's features are hidden behind complex templates and macros which facilitate rapid application development. Learning ATL is a breeze thanks to the Wizards but *understanding* what it does, how it does it, and why it does it is a different matter.
Enter COM and ATL 3.0.
This book provides answers to the most common questions that a developer learning ATL might ask. I absolutely love the side-by-side comparisons; raw C++ COM and ATL COM. This theme is carried through out the book. I cannot begin to offer enough praise for this method of teaching. It gives the developer a solid foundation in the 'nitty-gritty' of writing COM using raw C++. After demonstrating the 'raw' approach, the ATL method is examined. By having the fore-knowledge of the 'raw' method the reader can appreciate the ATL approach and better understand it.
This book is also packed with an indepth examination of ATLs inner workings. The authour displays a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of what he is discussing - a rare quality among technical authours lately.
For those developers out there who are like me and want to understand the *WHY* and not just the *HOW* this book is for you.