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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secure Messaging with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Paul Robichaux
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
GREAT book on Exchange 2003 Security!!

If you're going to pick up a book on Microsoft Exchange Server security, this is *the* book for you. Great and comprehensive coverage on everything to do with Microsoft Exchange Server from one of the foremost Exchange Security experts in the industry. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seriously interested in understanding what's entailed in Exchange-related security, including some ground-breaking content on compliance (Sarbanes-Oxley, HIPPA, SEC, etc.) and legislation pertaining to e-mail ... which alone is well worth the price of the book! Highly recommended!!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSE: SQL Server 2000 Design Study Guide (Exam 70-229)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Marc Isreal, Steven Jones, Marc Israel, J. Steven Jones, Steve Jones
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book, but not very relevant to the exam.

This is an excellent book written at the "professional beginner" level discussing issues of database design and planning with SQL server 2000. Excellent design and configuration tips, Good explanations of difficult concepts, however, the practice tests are somewhat lacking, and while it covers all of the relevant material, the book fails somewhat as a study aid specifically for the 70-229 exam, where many other Sybex books excel. The book is well worth the money as a useful tool for a relatively new SQL 2000 DBA, however, don't rely on it too heavily for the test.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
GET THIS BOOK! Even for other exams! CCDP. CCNP

I wish I had bot this when it first came out a month+ ago. Now I find I need it immediately, because it actually covers lots of the material needed for the CCDP exam. Yes, it's HEAVY on technical details, but even if you don't memorize everything, enough may stick in your mind to help you guess the correct answer to the many obscure & tricks Cisco test questions.And yes, it covers a few suddenly now-obsolete topics, but you can easily SKIP those FEW pages (you did read the Cisco exam objectives, I hope!). And it provides uniquely appropriate coverage of the newly-added topics: IS-IS, a little security.(It "adaquately" covers PIX config in 2 pages!) IF you go beyond CCNA, get this now (30% off), before (like me) you wish you had.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
On a see-saw

In reading this book I felt as though I were on a see-saw. Some concepts are described so clearly and succinctly (often an isolated paragraph or even just a sentence) that I felt I was really learning from the book. At other times, the examples were so academic and so far from useful in my day-to-day work, that I felt I was wasting my time.

I bought this book because you if you're serious about using patterns, you have to be able to say you've read and understood it, but ultimately there was much less practical information than I had expected.