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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones, Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not the best. . .

This book helped some, however, no one should rely totally on this. It is redundant in places, repeating the PMBOK w/o adding value except in a few areas. The practice test is rather OK, no doubt written by a professional "ProMetric" savy test writer. Other than marginal benefit from this Dummies book, I would recommend, even rely totally on the RMC series, "Rita's" book and "PM FastTrack" practice test along with thoroughly reading/understanding the PMBOK.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Minasi is the Commandant!!!

I am setting at my desk one night, eyes a bright crimson shade of red, about 3:25 AM, heart about to explode due the massive amounts of caffiene that I had ingested, my hair standing on end after having attempted to pull it out for the last seven hours working on a DNS issue with Windows 2000 Server. I put both of my hands on my chin and my fingers covered my eyes at the moment. I slightly parted my index finger from my middle finger for a second and caught sight of my bookshelf. And then through an extreme blur I could see the big words " Mastering Windows 2000 Server, Third Edition."
Went to the "glorious" DNS section, figured out what I was doing wrong, and was out of there in about 15 minutes.
Do yourself a real big favor folks. If you deal with Win2K in any capacity at all, don't ever be caught without this book!!!!
Rock on Minasi!!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 : Training from the Source (Training from the Source)
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Jen deHaan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easy to follow

It's so hard to choke your way through this material. After four chapters the author has yet to let us run our work to see what we're doing. Tageting your concentration on a single task is a much more effective way to build enterprise applications. There are so many steps on so many pages that you forget some of them or why you did them at all.
We spent so much time creating buttons and graphics for the menu in the sample application. But why didn't the author just have us use the new menu object in 2004 pro? I think that the author is used to previous versions of Flash and all of the tricks they had to use. I don't want to learn those tricks. I want to use the new features in Flash today, and I want the features to be simple to use and hard to forget. Tricks seldom work that way.
Unfortunately, I think the authors were trying to make this book for both Flash or Flash Pro. If I had to build a menu, and some of the other objects in the book, the way they describe in the book I'd go back to using Java clients and Swing. We bought Pro because we went to be able to build web apps. I want to use Pro.
Not all is bad. You can pick up a lot of tips, but there has to be a better way than simply working through the book front to back. You may find yourself gazing at the pages without really concentrating on what you're doing, or searching for the Character button with your wife for several minutes. An audio tape, or a small video in the corner of the screen would go an awful long way towards alleviating some of the pain, and would be much more effective.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book but...

Overall I'm pretty happy with this book with two major exceptions. 1) Before it's release it was described as a book on 2d/3d techniques. Only problem is that all the 3d stuff is on CD. Now were told that the "real" 3d stuff will be in Volume 2. Volume 2?!?! If that was the original intent then why wasn't this pointed out in the synopsis? I probably would have waited for Vol2 rather than order this rehash of Windows Game Programming for Dummies. 2) This is related to #1 and is what ultimately caused me to rate this book 3 stars rather than 4. Three of the online chapters don't load! Maybe it's just me, but I can not load Chapters 1 and 7 in the General 3d online book or Chapter 3 in the Direct 3d online book. I get messages for all 3 saying that the document name/path is not valid! Give me a break! If you're going to pull a fast one and throw promised chapters on a CD rather than in the book, make damn sure the CD works! Anyone else have this problem?
My final conclusion is that IS a good book. I'm just a bit jaded by the misleading sysnopsis that was originally presented on Amazon and the CD problems.