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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCNA Exam Exam 2 (Exam Cram 640-821, 640-811, 640-801), 1/e
Publisher: Que
Authors: James Jones, Sheldon Barry
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I failed because of this book!!!

Well if R2D2 had properly read and therefore reviewed this book he would have discovered that:1) It covers 3 exams.2) One of the exams is slightly more complicated than Network+ and is 50% of the CCNA Certification.3) That the other half of the CCNA qualification covers thru to specific Cisco related matters.
The book helps you either with the two stage approach to the CCNA Certification or the single exam. Which ever way yo go to get your certification it covers both avenues.
Unless of course you are C3PO whom does not need to read or properly think what the book actually covers which is a bit of a pity since it tells you on the cover. Doh!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best JavaScript books I've ever read!

I have read quite a few books on JavaScript, and I think this one is the best so far. Since I have some basic knowledge of the language, what I am looking for is how to use the concept and techniques to build a better web page. And this book gives me all the real examples I want to use in my own web site. I don't recommend this book to a beginner who doesn't know anything about JavaScript, but for those who have some knowledge and look for some practical tips and usage, I strongly recommend this one as a hand-on reference book. It has helped me a great deal!
Another thing I like about this book is the authors have put all the scripts in the book into their website which makes my learning much easier. Very thoughtful. I appreciate their efforts.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming & Customizing PICmicro Microcontrollers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Authors: Myke Predko
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Technically good, but painful to read

As a published author, it hurts me to see a book that's so full of good, useful, technical information get sidelined by terrible writing and editing. The author is an expert on the subject, and his contributions to the art extend to the Internet as well, but while he may write great code, he writes awful English.
The book is well-organized, and the CD & project board are valuable bonuses. As a reference work, it's an indispensible part of my library. BUT ...
When I pay... for a book, I expect to see better writing than this. Every single page of my copy is marked up with corrections to spelling, grammar, typography and even factual data. It's almost as if his editor skipped the editing step and went straight from manuscript to publication.
Predko's "PC PhD: Inside the PC" had the same problem. I was hoping this book would be different. This book deserves five stars for technical content, but zero stars for the dismal language and editing. Averaging and rounding up, it gets three stars.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Database Systems, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ramez Elmasri, Shamkant B. Navathe
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Full of SQL syntax errors

It is very disappointing that in its third edition this book has so many SQL errors that waste enormous amounts of time. Basically, if you do not have another resource handy you will make no progress with the example queries provided in this book.