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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML 2 Toolkit
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Hans-Erik Eriksson, Magnus Penker, Brian Lyons, David Fado
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Toolkit has all the tools you'll need!


Wow. I needed to really learn UML 2 for work, and found that this book covered everything! The examples are very clear, the writing thorough, smart, and explicit -- it's like a classroom in a book. A lot of humor -- this is an understandable read. The authors cover object-oriented methodologies, modeling, and all aspects of UML, including the neat new stuff in UML 2.0. I even used the cd-rom and found it to be cool and helpful (!!!). If you really want to learn UML 2.0 to be able to use, discuss, and apply it like a pro, this is the book for you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Misses the point


Reading Programming Jakarta Struts, I had the feeling the authors were grasping for methods to properly explain Struts to the user.
There are far too many subjects introduce in the book without a meaningful method to part knowledge to the reader. After reading the book, a reader will be familiar with the various accronyms of J2EE but lacking a coherent picture on building a Struts application.
Struts makes developing web applications using Java technologies relatively easy. Explaining how to best make use of the Struts framework is more complicated.
It would have been a better book if the authors started with an example and introduced the various aspects of Struts through the example.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
CCNA "Cliff Notes"


I found this book somewhat lacking. My personal preference when "learning" the material is to have more information than is needed to allow for a thorough "understanding" of the material. Lammle's book does have the information to pass the exam, but nothing more. If you want to memorize information for the CCNA exam (or are recertifying and just need to be refreshed), this is the book for you. If you want to learn the material, I recomend one of the Cisco Press books.
Additionally make sure to use the Sybex errata page as there are MANY mistakes in this book. A lot of them seemed obvious to me, but I have been doing this for a few years now. Someone just starting out may not notice many of them.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It's the best you can get currently


I passed the Sun Certified Java Programmer exam so that I'd like to share some experiences with you. There were 2 books that I used to prepare for the exam, which were "A programmer's guide to Java Certification" written by Khalid Mughal and "Java 2 exam cram" written by Bill Brogden. I would say this book "A programmer's guide to Java Certification", of course, covers all the topics and details that a Java programmer needs to know in order to pass the exam. However, the focus and style of the practice exams included are somehow different from the questions in the real one. At least, you will get the feeling what the real exam looks like. The "Java 2 exam cram" is totally on the opposite. It has simple (some may be important) concepts in it, but the practice exams included can be really taken well use of and hit the points. Combined with these two books, you will have a strong confidence in getting the certificate.
Good luck, guys!