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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great book


For experienced programmers, C++ primer is a one-stop resource. However, the contents fall somewhere between a beginner level c++ books and the ultimate "THE c++ programming language" by the creator itself. Here is my breakdown of the book: (5=best)
#1: Contents (5): This book is the most comprehensive tutorial style books available. The contents are presented in no-fluff, succit style. Instead of just explaining the concepts, the author focuses on the possible pitfalls and critical details. I also like the comments on compatibility issues.
#2: Writing Style (3): I will give 3-stars for writing style because the book lacks the conversational tone. It presents a lot of details at once. ALso, the book is very "textbook" type and the style make it somewhat hard to follow inspite of its excellent contents.
#3 Organization (1). I agree with most other reviewers who think that the book suffer from poor organization. The authors are trying to make their book a tutorial and a reference at the same time and it clearly fails to fit in either camp. The author jumps around alot with a huge number of cross references and presents many concept without explaining them. This make this book very unsuitable for beginners with a little programming experience.
#4: Examples (4): C++ primer is one of the few books with decent practice problem. The examples are usually short and to the point and successfully avoid the unnecessary clutter. However, most are code snippets instead of complete working programs and usually donot touch realworld problems.
#5: Audience (2): The book claims to be suitable for both beginners and experienced programmers. In my opinion, for beginners this book can be very frustrating.
Overall (5): Inspite of its shortcomming, i give this book 5-star because its worth your money. This is one book that will become your all time favourite reference once you get comfortable with the language.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Complete Study Guide, Third Edition (220-301 and 220-302)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good for only the Basics


Ranting:Spent nearly two weeks reading this 800+ page beast. It gives you EVERYTHING you need to know about the material on the A+ exam and a whole lot of extra material (most useful, some not, but all informative). It covers every word in the exam objectives to the 't' without a doubt the best a+ book i have (i have 3 others). Havent taken the Exam yet, but I have taken 2 practice exams, including one in this book and have scored almost perfectly both times.
The only major fault with this guide was that the author found it necessary to repeat things frequently (i believe the phrase "check the documentation that comes with the hardware" appears about 100 times in this book). It also has a few MINOR overcites (ex: diff. between SIMM and DIMM isnt clearly explained - who cares?) Overall a FANTASTIC BOOK if you can ignore the above. Either take a few week long course or buy this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco Networking Academy Program CCNA 1 and 2 Companion Guide, Third Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Inc., CISCO Cisco Systems, Cisco Networking Academy Program, Inc., ILSG Cisco Systems, Aries Cisco Networking Academy Program
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Hmmmm.....


I'm not sure about the other reviewers here but I found this book very, very useful.

I'm taking the online-acadamy and found the book supported the 3.0 curriculum very nicely. The hardcover book would go into greater depth and would aid in understanding. Reading online and following up by reading each chapter in the book really drove the concepts.

I have heard horror stories about previous books and curriculum but I think this 3rd edition has addressed those...

I gave 4 stars as the book does have some typos...I have read this book, cover to cover, and found maybe 5 (significant) errors - - most of which simply challenged my thinking and/or forced further reference; enhancing the experience.

This book will serve you well as a Companion Guide to the CCNA 1 and 2 Online Curriculum.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: TCP/IP Protocol Suite
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math
Authors: Behrouz A Forouzan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent permanent reference for TCP/IP concepts


This is a very good reference for anyone interested in TCP/IP concepts, from a beginner to a seasoned network administrator. However, this book doesn't get too much into coding aspects. It may seem a little expensive on the face of it but, the money is worth spent.