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Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
I'm very impressed with the presentation in this book except


This is the first TCP/IP book I've read that really explained how a packet is routed from source to destination, and made it easy to understand. After reading this book, I now have a greater appreciation for what my friends in the Network Control Center team have to work with everday. If you have any trouble understanding how to subnet an address space, you won't by the time you finish Chapter 2. As an MCP NT admin working in a Fortune 500 7x24 command center, I think this book should be required reading for anyone working with a TCP/IP network. This is a really great book!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Only the Paranoid Survive
Publisher: Currency
Authors: ANDREW S. GROVE
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
All Fear the Status Quo


Andy Grove has verbalized the mindset that we must all develop to survive in the 21st Century. While his idea of constantly looking over your shoulder has always been applicable, the speed of the Internet economy requires that we do it much more frequently and penalizes us much more quickly if we do not.
Grove does a great job of showing how one man's crises is another's opporuntity and uses the term strategic inflection points to describe these periods of 10x change.
This book is a good reminder for anyone who thinks that what made them successful to this point is any guarantee that they will be successful in the future.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise Architecture Using the Zachman Framework
Publisher: Course Technology
Authors: Carol O'Rourke, Neal Fishman, Warren Selkow
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Verbose introduction to subject but lacks depth


This is more of a "What" than a "How" book, and it does clearly [if somewhat verbosely] describe the Zachman Framework. It also provides implementation advice (the "How"), but that information is not as clearly laid out as it is in "Enterprise Architecture Planning" (ISBN 0471599859).
I like this book because it is business-focused, and painstakingly describes the Zachman Framework and how it clearly provides a multidimensional view of business-technology alignment. It also reflects the latest thinking with respect to the framework, including Zachman DNA (Depth iNtegrating Architecture), which is missing from "Enterprise Architecture Planning" I cited above. It also contains some unique perspectives that I haven't found in other books, such as how to use the framework outside of IT (Appendix C), and how to map careers to the framework (Appendix D).
What is missing from this book, and others like it, is a disclosure of the dark side of the framework if an organization fully commits to it. One such problem is once you've mapped your enterprise architecture to the Zachman Framework's matrix, a change in any cell will cause a ripple effect throughout the matrix. As time goes on this effect becomes a barrier to changes or requires high maintenance to keep the architecture in synch with the business and technology components. This does not diminish the value of the Zachman Framework as a way to view the enterprise, but should forewarn you that implementing it as a principle methodology is a step that should be carefully considered before committing.
That said, this book is one I would highly recommend to anyone who is considering the Zachman Framework, or who is seeking an approach to clearly viewing an enterprise from multiple dimensions in order to cut through complexity and see the big picture. I also recommend that you visit the Zachman Institute (see ASIN B00016NEXI) to see the latest work and additional information.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE Javascript Reference!


I can't imagine any serious Javascript developer not having this book in his or her collection. It is the most complete reference I have seen on Javascript, and one of the most professionally written books period.
Where I work, the book is near ubiquitous among our web developers and has proven to be a valuable desk-side resource. I recently bought the 4th edition, after some of my coworkers commented on how worn my 3rd edition had become. No surprise, really, considering that I had to share the 3rd edition among six developers, all of whom were learning Javascript for the first time. I'm glad to once again have a nice, fresh copy of this book, and even more so, glad to have an updated reference with coverage of the new features in Javascript 1.5.
I'm pleased to say that the 4th edition lives up to the reputation of its predecessor. Reading is easy and informative, and the reference section provides answers to just about any question you'd have regarding the language syntax and object model.
If you're a web developer and have no other books in your collection, make sure you have this one.