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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Sal Mangano
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Poorly organized source code


I own both the XSLT Programmers Reference by M. Kay and XSLT by D. Tidwell. Both these books helped me learn XSLT; however, I am quite sure Mangano's book will help me master it. To be fair, I have only read the SVG chapter in detail but it provided such a treasure trove of immediately useful solutions that it alone was worth the price of the book. Sal Mangano writes in a no nonsense style that gets to the heart of what an XSLT user needs to know to get immediate results. However, far from just providing a grab bag of reusable code snippets, the XSLT Cookbook provides welcome insight in how to structure XSLT transformations.
My only complaint is that the code for the book was not yet available at the O'Reilly web site. However, as the book was just recently published I am hopeful it will be posted soon.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco BGP-4 Command & Configuration Handbook
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: William R. Parkhurst, Ph.D., William R. Parkhurst
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Another dissapointment for BGP book


Why does everyone keeps repeating the text in the Cisco web site.
There should be a BGP book for the man and not for the boys. There should be a BGP book that tackles more on attributes, filtering, regular expressions, etc. All that is in this book are basics, you can learnb it also from Cisco web site or from the Cisco ATC.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Network+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Media Syngress
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Poorly Written - Needs to be error checked


I do not recommend this book for anyone. The idea of breaking the chapters up by certification requirements may be a good idea, but in practice does not work well. Ideas and concepts are often introduced without explination til a later chapter. There are major errors in the books. (Page 343 alone erronously claims Serial Connections are one-way only and parallel is the only two connection, and calls states USB is otherwise known as "Fire-Wire".
The included sample test software is poorly written. Every question is presented a multiple answer questions (check-boxes) even if there supposed to be only one answer. There is no way to choose the number of questions or review answers to questions answered correctly.
I found this book a very hard read. If I were studing for the Network+ test solely from a book, I would not recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fabulous for anyone with less-than-recent experience


I came into this book from the standpoint of a long time ago having done some degree of programming in Java and a larger degree in C and other languages, carrying a basic understanding of object oriented programming, never having done Mac development. I'm 1/3 through this book and am finding it just about perfect. From little things like a quick reminder of what @ means in C (yes, it has been a while), to very good work-through examples and effective textbook-style 'challenges' at the end of each chapter. This book is far superior to 'Learning Cocoa'. Buy it.