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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exactly what the title says...


I used this book and PMI's PMBOK as my only two study sources. No workshops, no formal classes...just these two "books" (PMBOK on CD-ROM) and my own project management experience. I just passed the PMP Exam with 90% correct. I agree with the review by the other Bryan -- Mr. Crowe's book fills in the gaps in underlying philosophy and framework that will frustrate those who try to use the PMBOK alone.
One comment: Take very seriously the first page of Mr. Crowe's introduction -- he lists what the PMP Exam does and does not test. The exam focuses on PMI's view of the world, not your own. If you're not willing to shift to that perspective for the purposes of this endeavor, you'd be better off pursuing other things.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not the best introduction


... perhaps too optimistic on the application of C++. C++, or Object Orientation generally, are at present not suitable for small-scale architectures. And maybe the book should have stressed it, given the fact that many embedded software applications have very strict memory and real-time-responsiveness limitations.
But otherwise it is an excellent book!!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Christa Anderson, Michele Beveridge, C. A. Callahan, Lisa Justice
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Book


I am yet to see a better book and I am sure, the only better book would be its next edition.

The Best Book. Period



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 MCSE Core Requirements Training Kit (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors:
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but not great


I just took the 070-210 test this morning and I passed, but not because I bought this kit. The advantages of the kit is that you get a 120 day evaluation copy of WIN 2K Server (not with service pack 2, but you can download that) which should help a lot on the other 3 parts of the core 4. The exercises are mostly good in the WIN2K Pro book. (I don't know about the other 3 yet.) There is lots of good information contained in these manuals. The disadvantages of this kit are that you do not get a copy of WIN2K Pro. You really need that WIN2K Pro to complete several critical excercices. Some passages are a little murky and there are some errors. The glossary needs some serious additions and the Index needs even more attention (i.e. try to look up HAL).
The 070-210 test is tough. You won't pass it by reading this manual alone. Exam Cram offers some serious help on the exams but only if you order their "Core Four" and get the CD-ROM. You really need this "Training Kit" or something else to get the principles down. And if you are doing this at home you'll need a lot more information (not to mention hardware) than is in these books just to get started.