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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCDST Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-272): Supporting Users and Troubleshooting Desktop Applications on a Microsoft Windows XP Operating System
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Walter Glenn
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Almost all I needed to pass

This "kit" is well put together and covers the exam thoroughly. I also have a couple of years supporting XP but this book covers the stuff that is rare but tested on the exam. I thought it was well written and is pretty much all I studied for the exam.

The CD comes with some good testing software and the questions in some instances very closely mirrored ones on the actual exam.

So, I would say, study, with XP running on a machine go through the exercises, get up to 90% or more on the practice exams, and you should do fine.

Good luck.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Recipe-based book without teaching the basics

I hated this book for it's organization and it's format. Poor examples, too little explenation as to why your would practically use the functions being taught.
I much prefer the teach your self in 21 day format books

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML and the Unified Process: Practical Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jim Arlow, Ila Neustadt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A real treasure!

I stumbled on this book at Borders while browsing through a dozen or sobooks on the OOA&D, RUP, and the UML. I am not a novice: I have studied thefield and worked in OOA&D for over a decade. I immediately felt thatthis book is a treasure: it is the best overview of the OOA&D, RUP, and XMLthat I have ever read.
While many practitioners have their reasons to favor one approach overanother (RUP, Agile, XP, etc.), this book does not project any bias andcontains the most clear and simple explanation of RUP, its phases, workflows, and the UML. Its language is enjoyable, the examples are just rightto illustrate the points of discussions. It is not an in depth volume, butit is thorough enough to teach you about the most important flows andartifacts, and how to interpret and use them.
If you are tired of reading books filled with vague, useless, and boringdefinitions -- try this one. You will not be disappointed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Essential Servlet Book

Certainly not for the beginning Java programmer, this book assumes intermediate Java experience. It covers all the important Servlet issues from large to small in thorough detail. A great addition to my library, and a worthy addition to O'Reilly's offerings.