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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you need one Java book - this is it!


This book gives nice coverage of the Java language with particular focus on the new Collections. This book also has nice coverage of threads and several chapters devoted to user interface related matters - swing, servlets, applets, etc.
What is particularly refreshing with this book is the large number of complete and reasonable examples (which was a major deciding factor for my purchase of this book).
I have used several other Java books - including the O'Reilly series and feel they do not compare in ease of use to this book.
Although the depth in some areas could be greater, (as evidenced by entire Java books devoted to Threads, I/O, etc.) as a language reference this book is unsurpassed. You can usually find enough information in the book to give you a reasonable idea how to use some element of the language. This book is definately a nice supplement to the Java docs.
The author also does a nice job of pointing out important differences between Java 1.1 and Java 1.2.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IT Project Management : On Track from Start to Finish, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good even for the new revised exam


This was my *main* source of information to take the CompTIA IT Project+ exam. I took the test in Jan 04 and passed (FYI - the exam changed Dec 03). Even though this book was written to the older exam criteria, it did the trick. In the world of certification, passing is everything and I appreciated the information this book provided (and thus the 5 stars). My other source of help was a study guide from examcram.com, but it too was written for the older exam objectives.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PostfixThe Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kyle D. Dent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely Definitive


I remember folk on the Postfix mailing list complaining about how long it was taking for this book to be written. Well, I've been writing a computer book for the past year and all I can say is 'I feel your pain Kyle'. Anyway, the wait has been well worthwhile, and possibly a benefit because the book deals with several new features only recently added to Postfix. You know that an O'Reilly book is at least going to be half-decent, and possibly excellent. In this case Mr. Dent's work has hit the mark spot on, and to my mind earns an excellent rating. Why ? Well, first of all his writing style is clear, concise and easy to read. Secondly he's covered everything you'd want to know about Postfix, rather than an easy feature subset. And third, he's avoided the common pitfall with software guide books where the writer simply presents a jazzed-up version of a reference guide---lists of configuration parameters and their explaination making up the bulk of the book.Kyle takes the time, and it's much appreciated by the way, to explain how Postfix features work, why they exist (very important), and when they should be used (or not used). I was particularly overjoyed to see that he has covered the configuration of the server to support both SASL and TLS. I'm sure that those chapters will save me _days_ of hair pulling in crypto-hell.In summary: If you already run Postfix, and you're not Wietse Venema (well, I'm sure he has a complimentary copy already), then RUN out and buy this book. If you don't run Postfix, but were thinking of changing to a better MTA, then consider your options again because now that this book exists, Postfix is a more attractive choice for many admins. Even if you don't ever plan to run Postfix, this book is a pretty good read for those who are just plain interested in e-mail technology.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This book is good but the softeware in CD-ROM doesn't work


I bought this book several days ago and found it was very useful.But when I installed and ran the software (225 multiple choices)in the CD-ROM some error message came out. My computer ran NT 4.0 (sp3). I just wonder that is there anything wrong in my computer setting or in the software.