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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco CallManager Fundamentals: A Cisco AVVID Solution
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Chris Pearce, Anne Smith, Delon Whetten
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent In-depth Information about Cisco CallManager

This book includes signific in-depth information that I have not been able to find in any Cisco documentation. After reading this book I have gained a much stronger understanding of the inner-workings of the software. Understanding the architecture of the software will help anyone who is installing, designing, administering, or troubleshooting a Cisco IP Telephony network. I highly recommend this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book on networking out there!

I had a wonderful experience reading this book. Not only is Mr. Kurose a good writer but his teaching is excellent. I had the opportunity to take a class with Mr. Kurose using this book. The book breaks down the Internet/Networking into 4 layers ( did not use the application, session, and physical layers ) and explains them very well. Excellent examples! Well written. In addition to those 4 layers the book goes over security, multimedia, and network management.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about networking.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Content Management Server 2002: A Complete Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bill English, Olga Londer, Todd Bleeker, Shawn Shell, Stephen Cawood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Authoritative Reference for Content Mgmt. Server

What drew me to this book was Bill English's name. I've known Bill for a few years (I'm a Windows Server MVP, Bill is an MVP on the Exchange side), and am usually quite impressed with his writing, his teaching, and his work. Yet, there were a number of other names that are associated with this book. I don't know who was responsible for which parts, but this is truly an all-star cast of technical experts on Microsoft Content Management Server.
Content Management Server can be a tantalizingly ominous program. On the surface, it appears so simple, however - under the covers is a very complex and detailed series of modules for managing content on web servers. Essentially, it covers birth to retirement of the content of web publishing. And, diferent from many other programs of this type - it is aimed at all levels of content creators. It's aimed at the Pro Web Master, but also provides the capacity to allow the typical Business or Marketing type to create and submit content - and to allow it to be reviewed before it is published out to the web site by defining 'roles', and assigning responsibilities and rights to these roles. This flexibility and control is what makes Content Server special.
*This* is what makes this book special. English (Microsoft MVP), Londer (of QA - a training firm in the UK), Bleeker (CTO/ Consulting firm to Fortune 100), Shell (Dell Pro Services), Cawood (MCMS Product Team - Microsoft) are some of the brightest folks working with this product, and they know it well. The thickness of the book is because of depth. Specific sections of the book deal with any portion of CMS that you might encounter, from deployment, to management, to security, and to optimization. It also educates you on how you can use code (your choices are open to any .Net language) to modify some behaviors, enhance and further control the functions of the server.
My experience with CMS is that it can either be the very worst of nightmares, or the best thing for managing your web servers / farms. This book can definitely put you on the track of productive suite rather than uncontrollable mess of code and tags. In conjunction with Application Center Server, Content Management Server provides a complete toolset for staging, deploying, proofing, controlling and validating your web servers.
Your chances of success with this software are greatly enhanced with the written knowledge of these technologists.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best book for beginners

I was just staring with Servlets and JSP and wanted something to help me learn something quickly without compromising on the details. Buying this book made my objective very simple. All the examples are very easy to follow and to implement. It successfully combines both Servlets and JSP into one nice compilation - which was again a great help. I would recommend this book to one and all.