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Product: Book - CD-ROM
Title: CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle, William Tedder, Bill Tedder
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I really, really like this product


I used this in my CCNA class at Cisco and it was awesome. Instead of sharing equipment, I had my own network to configure.
The sims in this product are just like the sims I received on the exam.
If you want to pass the new 607 product, check this out...
COOOL!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A FANTASTIC BOOK ON BUSINESS ESSENTIALS


A lot of future entrepreneurs that have the fire in their belly and want to give the world a needed product in the best way possible and also read this book will realize that it is not a impossible dream. Michael Dell has proved that beyond, even possibly, his own expectations. His ideas of direct marketing revolutionized the computer industrty and caused a major upheaval in how many businesses today conduct there sales operations. He is an inspiration to young and budding business people. If you have an idea in your head, don't let anyone tell you it can't be done. Live your dream and maybe you can one day write a book on how you did it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential .NET, Volume I: The Common Language Runtime
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A clear exposition on contexts and ContextBoundObject


This is an excellent book. Richter's "Applied .NET Framework Programing" covers the CLR from the programmers point of view. Lidin's "Inside Microsoft .NET IL Assembler" is a detailed guide to IL, ilasm and the managed PE file format. Don Box's excellent "Essential .NET Volume 1" bridges the gap-- leveraging your knowledge of the CLS to present interesting internal, runtime aspects of the CLR.
Some reviewers have complained that this is "yet another" introduction to .NET. The first couple of chapters do rehash the metadata structure (that is, assemblies, modules and members). These may prove tedious if you are already familiar with them, however they are probably too terse to serve as a useful introduction.
However the latter two thirds of the book are excellent. I particularly enjoyed the precise, informative discussion of contexts, MarshalByRefObject, ContextBoundObject and method call interception. The book occasionally delves into implementation details of the Microsoft's CLR 1.0. These are extremely interesting and practically useful insights.
That said, there are occasionally annoying typographical mistakes in the figures.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++ Primer (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Stanley B. Lippman, Josée Lajoie, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Disorganized, hard to use, uninformative - waste of money


A good reference book should a) allow you to find things, and b) tell you something useful when you get there.
This book does neither. No single subject is covered comprehesively. Subjects that *are* discussed are dispersed throughought the 1200-page book haphazardly and are poorly indexed. Important implementation details of template classes and functions are omitted, or are presented in fragments hundreds of pages apart.
To give you a sense of the kind of books I like: I hated Stroustrup's books for these same reasons. I liked Kernighan and Ritchie a lot. Kochan's "Programming in ANSI C" was good. Meyers' books were good. If these opinions are in the ballpark for you - cut and run now. Lippman won't do it for you.