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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good for a review.....but seriously lacking in most aspects

I bought this book and the A+ book written by Micheal Meyers to study for the A+ exams. I started reading them at the same time. I got about 1/4 of the way through the Dummies book when I quickly began to realize it's lack of significant content and accuracy problems(compared to Micheal Meyers' book and based on my own experience/knowledge). I shelved it and devoted the rest of my reading to Micheal Meyers' A+ book.
I read all of Micheal Meyers' A+ book, took both exams back to back the same morning and passed them both. If you're serious about the A+ exam and actually want to learn something instead of just maybe squeaking through, do yourself a favor and buy MICHEAL MEYERS' book.
I would recommend the A+ for Dummies book as a reference only and not as a serious study/learning tool.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Swing, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Elliott, Marc Loy, David Wood, Brian Cole
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exactly what I waslooking for

I had been waiting for this book for months. When it finally came I was completely happy with its contents and structure. It lives up to the standards that I have come to expect from O'reilly. Before this book came out, I had to read the source code to find out what was going on.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thank you for your attention to focus, quality, and insight.


What a relief, a writing style that communicates to the many facets of the day in the life of a real programmer. Your words have been a giant breath of fresh air, and I appreciate your approach to all of your topics.

You have consistently crafted tools that act as beacons of light in the vast array of literary babble surrounding object oriented analysis and design (OOAD).

As you know there are multiple dimensions that contribute to good software design, and the design goals of any language is to aide in as many of these multiple dimensions as possible.

Many authors have attempted to write books to speak to the multiple dimensions, but your pioneering approach to a more holistic perspective is both refreshing and fills a deep void in the software engineering community. I appreciate your balance between language semantics, usage patterns, levels of abstraction, and your early attention to the methods movement, such as extreme programming.

I place your books on my bookshelf right next to
1. The C++ Programming Language, Bjarne Stroustrup
2. C++ Primer, Stanley Lippman and Josee Lajoie
3. Effective C++, Scott Meyers

I frequently use your books to speak to the psychology of subscribing to the OOAD approach and have found that your approach is more pragmatic than most. This translates into holding a new programmer's interest long enough to ensure that we will follow similar design philosophies earlier in the life cycle of a project.

Thank you for your attention to focus, quality, and insight.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must Have

I took my PMP exam and cleared it with fair margin.Rita's book provided useful information which helped me in answering several questions in the real exam. I think besides PMBOK you need to use this book as reference if you wish to improve your chances of success.