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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: SIP: Understanding the Session Initiation Protocol, Second Edition
Publisher: Artech House Publishers
Authors: Alan Johnston
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Costly, but a great introduction to SIP


Really enjoyed this book - easy to read, and the examples emphasized the points he was trying to make. The only negative is the cost of the book ... I got mine from the library, and was shocked to see how much this was selling for. After you understand SIP, this would be a decent reference book, but not the best.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ for Dummies (4th Edition, Completely Revised)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Stephen Randy Davis
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
ohh my goodness


THIS IS PROBALY A FIVE STAR BOOK, BUT I WOULDNT KNOW BECAUSE I CANT EVEN GET PAST THE FIRST CHAPTER INSTALLING PART. I HAVE SPENT HOURS TRYING TO INSTALL BUT THINGS WOULD BE ERASED FILES MISSING AND ALL KINDS OF [STUFF]. THE INSTRUCTIONS ARE SO STUPID THEY MAKE NO SINCE.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kevin Dooley, Ian J. Brown
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book with some assumptions and caveats


The Cookbook is a very useful reference. It's loaded with examples that can be applied immediatly to everyday situations.Not much abstraction here this book is about getting the job done. Most Cisco subjects are covered. Solutions to most problems are easy to find. This book was easy to read. The Cisco Cookbook provides more than the usual information most administrators have seen many many times. I endorse this book for intermediate & advanced users. I think the Cisco Cookbook will go thru many revisions.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My Single Best Reference for ASP.NET


My copy of ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition is worn, I had to tape the back to the last page to keep the volume from falling apart; there was nothing wrong with the way the book was put together, it's just well used.

This is the one book I make sure I have with me when working on ASP.NET at a client's site - there are other very good books, some I plan to review shortly. Granted there have been times when I was unable to find the answer to a vexing problem within its pages - sometimes none of my books seemed to have the answer - in a few cases I resorted to the web with mixed results.

All of the examples in the text show VB code, the companion CD contains C# code also. Although I've added C# to my programming skills a while back, I haven't bothered to check the companion CD for the C# code.

On the back cover of the book, the "User Level" of Intermediate to Advanced is indicated, I agree. As a minimum, one should have a fair understanding of VB.NET, ADO.NET, HTML and some XML. Having that background under your belt, you may want to start with an introductory ASP.NET; for the brave-hearted, you can just dig in.

Although not designed as an exam review reference, looking back at the book's contents there's a great deal of information that is useful for the exam. I probably wouldn't have passed my exam on this book's contents alone since Microsoft is fond of focusing on certain arcane details that most official review guides address.

The explanations are generally clear and understandable, the examples are clear and useful - on several occasions it was easier just to copy & tweak the code from the book rather than re-inventing the wheel. For complex enterprise-sized applications, other references are clearly needed.

So many ASP.NET books have many examples with code in the .aspx files and this book is one of them. One of the strong selling points of ASP.NET is the separation of code (into a .vb or .cs file) and presentation (.aspx) - including them together in a text gives the reader a better sense of what's going on and is more concise; although it's not what should be done in the real world. Those who are advanced enough to understand the concepts in the book should be able to adjust accordingly.

If you're doing ASP.NET work, this is one book that is a must have!