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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Interconnections: Bridges, Routers, Switches, and Internetworking Protocols (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Radia Perlman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Insightful book on a complex topic

I find Radia Perlman's book a cut above the typical book on routing. Rather than a dull listing of protocol and command options, this has insightful looks into the pros and cons of various protocols, yet is still based on real-world experiences. The politics behind various protocols are interesting also.
Routing has been a neglected topic on the Internet, due partially from it's quick growth out of it's experimental stage. This book explains various protocols clearly from an expert I feel can help straighten up this mess.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Python, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Lutz, David Ascher
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Lutz & Ascher Do Python Justice

Learning Python fills the gap for a printed introduction to the Python language. The layout is natural and methodical. Although I had picked up a good deal of the material beforehand from the online documentation and trial and error use of Python, I learned quite a bit from the book that had previously escaped me. If you want to know what the buzz is about Python or are looking for an excellent introduction for friends and co-workers to Python, try Learning Python.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book is a most advanced and comprehensive compendium.

This book is indeed quite usefull, as so it has assisted me with essential information that will help:
Engineers: design better embedded PC hardware
Programmers: write high-performance embedded firmware
Technicians: debug obstinate ISA bus gadgets
Students: relate abstract theory to applications
Enthusiasts: control unique projects with standard PCs
The topics range from pure firmware to detailed hardware, including the BIOS routines and circuitry on the PC's side of the ISA bus that you can use throughout your embedded systems designs.
Examine: I/O ports, memory, IRQs, and bus cycles
Control: hardware with C and Assembly language
Adapt: working source code and programs
Build: ISA bus memory and I/O circuits
Protect: code with watchdogs and power monitors
Identify: hardware with unique serial numbers
Display: text and graphics on big LCD panels
*Practical Tricks*
Run: code in EPROM, EEPROM, or nonvolatile RAM
Measure: wait states and interrupt latency
Fix: hardware problems with firmware
Debug: firmware using hardware outputs
Reading Michael Barr's book, "Programming Embedded Systems in C and C++", I couldn't help thinking about Volkswagen Bugs. In the 70's, tinkerers put VW engines into buggies, hovercraft, helicopters, snowmobiles, airplanes, etc. Now, Michael is showing us how to use cheap, reliable, adaptable, and surprisingly powerful PC motherboards as 'volks controllers.' This book's generous code listings, diagrams, projects, and crystal-clear explanations make embedding a PC easier than a VW tune up. -Raymond Edwars, Chief Technical Engineer

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Study Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Toby Skandier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the only study guide to use for the Network+ exam

I can't even begin to start on how much this book helped me for the Network+ exam. This book has great detail and explanations regarding networking and I would recommend this book 100% along with the Network+ Exam Cram book by Coriolis and the Network+ Practice Exams by Syngress/Osborne. These 3 books should guarantee you a passing score on the exam othewise hit the bookstore and start out with the A+ exam first. This book should be read from start to finish while going through all practice exams at the end of each chapter. Then hit the CD and practice all the questions on there while using the book as a reference until you get a clear understanding of the question. Finally after going thru the Book and the CD move onto the Syngress/Osborne book for the additional questions to give you a feel of how the questions will appear on the actual test. Last but not least read or skim through the exam cram book for last minute preparation and you should ace the test with no problems. Follow this way of studying and you will pass guaranteed. The best thing about the CD is the fact that it comes with an ebook which you can easily use on your work computer or a laptop. This is the best study guide for the Network+ exam.