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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
CISSP All in one exam guide

I just purchased the CISSP All In One Exam Guide, I think this book has everything you need to know about the CISSP certification. Shon Harris did a very good job explaining the CBK.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book but with a quite a few gaps (Pl. read for details)

This book is a good effort where the information is presented in a simplistic and lucid way. However I would like to point out the areas where this book is lacking:1)Assertion Mechanism:- Doesnt cover the different kinds of invariants and pre / post conditions. Simply having a DO & DONT section in not enough
2)Poor treatment of inner classes and the chapter on collections is very hapazardly presented.
3)Inadequate treatment of threads, doesnt cover a few extra methods like setDaemon, interrupt etc and questions in the book are way too easy
4)Also there is absolutely no coverage of type-casting for classes and interfaces although an earlier chapter asks the reader to refer chapter 5 for that.
I would stronly urge readers to purchase SUN's practice tests and only then will you get a real idea of the exam. Once you hit scores in excess of 90% on them go for the real thing (I am assuming you are aiming for an excellent score). The real exam has very tough questions on threads in particular.
Good-Luck to all propective test takers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Complete Digital Photography, Third Edition
Publisher: Charles River Books
Authors: Ben Long
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
complete, easy to understand, helpful

I picked this book up on a whim when looking for gifts for others. And boy am I glad I did. I have other photo books that are either too basic or too specialized, or don't explain fully. I actually read this cover to cover, and am now going back and re-reading sections as needed. It's the most comprehensive and useful photography book I've found.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good, but not a tutorial.

This is an excellent book for the intermediate VB programmer. It is not in tutorial format, so it is not (imo) suitable for beginners. If you are looking for a tutorial to take you from the ground up, you should probably look for another book first, then come back to this one.