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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Cram (Exam: 350-001)
Publisher: Coriolis Group Books
Authors: Henry Benjamin, Dmitry Bokotey, Thomas M. Thomas II
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Please do NOT use this book

This exam cram is filled with errors! This is a prime example of a publisher wanting to get something out on the market without ensuring that the material is accurate. The publisher's website has some corrections, but finding them is an adventure in it's own right. After printing the corrections on the pubhisher's website, I noticed even more errors that have not been documented. I would not recommend this book to any serious CCIE candidate.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Graphic Design Solutions, 2E
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: Robin Landa
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
extremely helpful

This book is the essence of graphic design. It is a must for any design student. The book itself makes one of the strongest visual statements that I've seen in any Design text. It's great for both the experienced designer and those who aren't accustomed to the nuance that so many overlook. The best parts of the book are the exercises. With problems that are enjoyable and challenging, Ms. Landa has created something that Professors around the globe should take notice to. This is the bible for graphic design students and is a great improvement over the first edition (which was great in and of itself).
Also recommended: The Education of a Graphic Designer(Heller), Design Discourse, The History of Graphic Design(Meggs)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perl Programmers are Great Thinkers!

My name is Nicholas Maietta, and I am one of the PERL and CGI programmers at Scapps.com, an online community of programmers for Santa Cruz, California's Online community. I just recently started using the PERL language early this year, but found that surfing around for "free scripts" wasn't going to help me much. I also needed to setup a web-based email retrieval system, and for many months, I couldn't find the right answers, untill I ran accross this book. I was willing to pay $900 for server software to do the same thing that I needed to do, but found all the answers in the book. Much appreciation goes to the people who wrote it!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSE/MCDBA Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Design and Implementation, Exam 70-229, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good overview, but still needs an assist.

The book gives a cursory overview of the topics needed for the exam. This comes as no surprise since the teams that write the courses/books and the teams that write the exams are completely separate and do not work with each other. The book has serious problem with errors, particularly when describing the examples, the text and examples don't match. But if you are at all familiar with Microsoft's other products such as application software or operating systems, this should come as no surprise.

Again, while the book does give you a brief look at the topics you will need to explore, I found purchasing Self Test Software's practice exams to be of more help in both preparing for the test and understanding the materials. Their explanations of the correct and incorrect answers helps flesh out the missing pieces of this book.