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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 MCSE Core Requirements Training Kit (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors:
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
START HERE FOR THE BASICS


There is a new edition to this series so I will not give this set an in-depth review. But I will tell you that I used this set as my core learning tools and that I am now an MCSE.
All the basic Window 2000 information is here, but you will not become a MCSE just by reading or even memorizing the books. I recommend that you purchase the "Teach Yourself" series of cram books by Osbourne/Syngress that correspond to each core test as a way to cheaply determine your weak areas. Forget the Exam Crams series of books, they do add a little to the mix but not nearly enough to be worth the price. And lastly, purchase a good set of practice exams. Transcender is the best, Boson is a good too.
If you have two computers to test the software on you are ahead of the game. You will need to set up a simulated environment to practice the more complex issues of 2000 administration like: Intellimirror technologies, Active Directory, Routing and Remote Access, DHCP, WINS and other protocols, security etc....
The Client exam is the only exam you will be able to pass without some serious hands-on work. The Server exam is mildly difficult. The AD exam is much harder. Last, and very least, the network exam is like putting you brain into a blender, you will feel and act like a zombie after it. Once you are done with all the core exams, take the MCSA 70-218 exam, as it is just a hybrid of the Network and AD exams. This will make you an MCSA and count as an option exam towards your MCSE. Just two exams left after that.
What I like about this set:
- All the basic information you will need to get your arms around the difficult task of becoming a MCSE. Use Books On-Line for more in-depth treatments.- OS software that lets you study in hands on mode. Some addition study information is also available on the CD that could be helpful.- Often very detailed on complex subject matter without going on a tangent.- Some step-by-step examples that is often helpful to the process of learning.- Could never have past without this set of books.
What I did not like about this set:
- These are not test study guides as suggested on the cover. These books are teaching guides that are not sufficient for test coverage.- Example exercises are not complexed enough and do not build enough of a simulation world. Some exercises are required to do later exercises but the process never really amounts to anything.- Material often comes across as stuff copied out of a white papers and not as someone trying to help you understand. Very little effort was put into trying to connect with the reader. Sometimes it is unbearably dry and wordy.- No end of chapter exam type questions, just 5 to 10 essay questions. You never get a sense of what will experience during the exam. So why even try to identify the books with the MCSE? I hope the new version changes this very bad situation.- No practice exams come with the set. Why? You are nearly as far away from passing the exams after you are finished reading these books than before you start, so testing material is essential to bridging the knowledge/testing gap. Again, why would MS even associate this set with the MCSE if they do not at least get you ready for said tests?- Other smaller issues exist but I do not want to over emphasize what is wrong.
Conclusion:
A necessary set of books for the certification process. Take them for what they are and not for what the MS marketing group sells them as. Be sure to supplement with a set of testing engines and exam prep material like the ones describe above. Certification is difficult but doable. I did it, so can you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Novell NetWare 6.5 Administrator's Guide
Publisher: Novell Press
Authors: Jeffrey Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Netware - The truth in understanding what really works


As you can see, Netware is like a good bottle of wine, it just keeps on getting better. From a technology standpoint, Netware is a level above the rest. When it comes to security, and "it just works", Netware 6.5 gives you the features that other vendors dream of. The new features are true money saving technologies, dont rip and replace like the other vendor wants you to do, use what you have and let it all work together. People get rich on the lack understanding of others. Take it from someone that has been in the business over 20 years. Novell will and has risen above the rest and already is the best of breed "per Gartner", leaders in most technologies. This book will prepare you for the ease of administration which you have earned.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Confidence : How Winning Streaks and Losing Streaks Begin and End
Publisher: Crown Business
Authors: ROSABETH MOSS KANTER
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The most inspiring book I have read in years


Professor Kanter has grabbed my attention and kept it. I have been involved in turnarounds and sat uncomfortably in downward spirals. Now I know what they are made of and can assess my performance toward recovery. As a Philadelphia native, I enjoyed the study of the Eagles, and a person married to a Steeler fan, I hope a leader of their organization reads this book.

I recommend it highly for all leaders committed to their personal growth and to the success of their organization's mission. I also recommend it to business school faculty, especially those with experienced managers as students. This book is eye opening and a stimulating read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forms Programming in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Chris Sells
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Can't say enough about this book


I've been a big fan of Chris Sells since I discovered his website while conducting background research for a telephony project. His website is loaded with well-written and useful information for developers of all levels; this book is no different.
Crammed with practical examples, this book manages to avoid what I consider the cardinal sins of most programming books: not knowing the target audience, and not knowing how thin to spread the material. Neither is an issue with this book: there is introductory, intermediate and advanced material covered throughout, none of which is at the expense of any other level; there is little extraneous information and lots of on-target information on what seems like every topic a .NET rich-client developer will face.
If you are at all interested in rich-client development, be it UI, controls, components, or soup-to-nuts WinForms development, this book is for you. Where Petzold provides an excellent overview of the basic WinForms objects and namespaces, Sells fills in the gaps in Petzold and expands upon that base to cover issues faced every day by real-world developers. Buy this book; I don't think you'll be disappointed.