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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram N10-002)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Ed Tittel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
NOT everything you need


If you are looking for a good book to study prior to taking the Network+ exam this is the one. I scored an 873 the first time. I read this book over and over and over in a 4 week period, made plenty of notes, highlighted pertinent info., and passed the test. I didn't bother using the cd-rom. Checked out maybe 2 or 3 of the questions and didn't bother with it again. I also went to techexam's website and tried there practice questions which also helped out and also bought TestPrep software from TechSkills which helped out too.
If you are going to buy any book to prepare for the Network+, don't waste your money compiling a collection of books for the test. This is all you need. Also recommend TechSkill's testprep software. They give you an overkill of prep questions that do a great job of preparing you for the test. Don't waste your time with the cd-rom that comes with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sybase SQL Server 11 Unleashed
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ray Rankins, Jeff Garbus, David Solomon, Bennett W. McEwan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Highly recommended


Slightly out of date now (Sybase 12.5 is the current version) but still very useful. I originally purchased my copy when I started at Sybase as a new employee (though I had been using Sybase software for about 10 years prior to that).
I have had my copy now for nearly 5 years, and I still use it as much as ever - though I left the employment of Sybase a long time ago (so this is not an official endorsement).
And I'm not the only one in the office to use it - the book is a very good general reference on Sybase - forget the manuals. This book covers most things you want to know - whether you are a DBA or a developer, but perhaps not always in as much depth as you'll need.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the best ASP book I've read!


I work in Educational Technologies at a University with a fantastic network. We run NT servers with IIS 5. Given this fact and the fact that we wanted dynamic, interactive pages on our web site and intranet, it was apparent that someone had to learn ASP.
So I was commissioned to learn VBScript and ASP to create these dynamic pages, which, as you could guess since it is a university, needed to display data from one (or multiple) databases.
So, I researched ASP books and settled on teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 published by Sams and authored by Mitchell and Atkinson. I must tell you that the book is so well-written and easy to understand that I was able to start creating ASP pages almost immediately! Especially important for me, as mentioned above, was learning database connectivity, which Mitchell and Atkinson made so easy to understand. Within a few days i had created my first ASP application--a "Download Manager" that does everything from track who downloads files, to what files they downloaded, to automatically download the files after the patrons confirmed their choices! There is no way that I could have done this w/o reading this book.
I have since then bought another ASP book (some sort of "Ultimate Resource" book), but I still keep going back to Mitchell and Atkinson when I have questions.
Get this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Passed the A+ with flying colors


Michael Meyers does a great job of explaining the inner-workings of a PC to the novice user. And at the end of the book, that user will have enough knowledge to pass the A+ exam. The testing simulation is quite good. I even think I saw a few of the questions on the actual exam. If you are wanting A+ certification, buy this book. Nothing really seemed to be overkill or lacking when it came to the exams.
I also highly recommend his Network+ book. I passed that exam with a score of 840/900.