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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: DWDM Network Designs and Engineering Solutions
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Ashwin Gumaste, Tony Antony, Tony Anthony
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book

This is really a good book covering the various aspects of Optical networking. The networking part is dealt smoothly, but a slight editting is required in the sections where the authors discuss about the various equations and the physical characteristics of fibers.
Overall, this is a good book and hope the authors will bring a quick second edition with more topics on the state-of-the art technologies.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just what I wanted

I liked the book for it's technical style: minimal yet sufficient explanations, concepts stated clearly and in a logical way, examples concise and imformative, no stupid colorfull pictures to take space and to distract you. Doing all the excersises would, of course, be usefull, but I had no time for it. Reading through the book and going three times through all the multiple questions with analysing errors was enough for me to pass with lots of extra %s. Advanced topics, like Threads, AWT and I/O represented quite sufficiently. I actually missed less of these compared to fundamental things, like syntax and flow control. My real test had no Swing, Applet or Javadoc questions. Seems like these were not in the program. Yet it was right to include these in the book. I would not worry in case Java people would suddenly add these before my test day. Thanks again to Mughal and Rasmussen

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Theory and Practice of Counseling and Psychotherapy (with Web Site, Chapter Quiz Booklet, and InfoTrac)
Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
Authors: Gerald Corey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Practical Overview of Counseling Therapies

Chapters are:
-Counselor characteristics and practice: This was useful for me since I haven't yet practiced
- Ethics: Unfortunately, you have to get the student manual to see the ethical standards of the various prof. organizations.
- Psychoanalitic
- Adlerian
- Existential
- Person-centered
- Gestalt
- Reality
- Behavior
- Cognitive-Behavior
- Family Systems
- Last section ties it all together
Each chapter on an approach starts with a bio on its main proponent, hits key concepts, describes the theraputic process, techniques and who it applies to. A token section of its application to multiculturalism (the author obviously doesn't live in Hawaii where the White European culture is a minority! [grin]) The author then critiques the method for its positive and negative points and tells how he incorporates it. I found this last very useful. There are from 3 to 6 books suggested for furthur in depth study (very useful!) and an extensive bibliography at the end of each chapter (for you grad students like me who have to write papers!)
Advantages - Very interesting. Lots of information. I like the personal comments on real life usefulness. I would have like more exact techniques (what to do, questionaires referenced, tests etc) but some of these are found in the student manual.
Disadvantages - DENSE! This is not an easy read. I notice that most psych articles and books use such complicated language - some of it is precise jargon but some of it isn't necessary. Also, it doesn't treat Transactional Analysis.
Student Manual - You probably should get this (see my review of it)
Overall: very useful. I'm glad it was required for my class. It is a keeper.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory Cookbook for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just what the doctored ordered!

Before this book, I would spend hours googling for example code to interact with Active Directory using VBScript or Perl. Now, I just refer to this book. This book is amazing and worth every penny of the purchase price several times over. Just about anything you will ever want to do programmatically with AD is covered. This is the most used book in my library.