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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Troubleshooting Cisco IP Telephony
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Paul Giralt, Addis Hallmark, Anne Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the best Cisco IP telephony book resource

I have nothing bad to say about this book. It's an excellent resource for someone who daily works with Cisco IP Telephony.
Edit: I've just finished the book. I'm very impressed. I'm taking CCIE Voice lab in September '03, and hopefully this books turns out to be an invaluable resource for this test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
an excellent resource (one of many you'll need)

First, the disclaimers: 1. If you're buying books, you should be able to learn on your own. 2. If you think you're going to learn VB from a single book, you're mistaken. 3. If you're buying books because you can learn on your own, you don't need a book to tell you when to practice. If you've got the VB software, practice whenever you want.
Now then: This an excellent resource for exactly what it advertises, learning step-by-step. It gently walks beginners through a number of basic VB skills and tasks. It perhaps goes into too much detail on some topics I may not consider extremely important, and perhaps doesn't go into enough detail on others, but that's why you need multiple books and resources to learn from.
If you've purchased VB6 you already have the very best resource, the MSDN Library. Another great resource is the "Mastering VB6 Development" CD course from Microsoft, although it is not for beginners.
The very best way to learn VB is to write VB. Make up a program and write it. Then write another. And another.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Windows XP Professional Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-270)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Dan Balter, Derek Melber, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book But Not Enough Alone

This book was excellent as sort of a last week read quick and pick up the things that you forgot sort of thing. This book by no means covers every detail that you will need to know. I purchased this in a combo pack with the extra prep-logic questions which I found to be great. I think the key to any of these Microsoft Tests is a little bit of studying and of course some hands on work with their products. Passed with an 873.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joel on Software: And on Diverse and Occasionally Related Matters That Will Prove of Interest to Software Developers, Designers, and Managers, and to Those Who, Whether by Good Fortune or Ill Luck, Work with Them in Some Capacity
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Read!

I'm an experienced software developer, but I wasn't a computer science major and haven't worked for a large software organization. To date, formal specifications, formal schedules, daily builds, bug databases and other topics covered by this book are ideas I haven't been exposed to. This book brought me up to speed and showed me how to apply these common sense approaches to my development in spite of the fact that I don't have management authority. I'm sure I'm a better developer as a result of applying the principals discussed in this book. I highly recommend it.