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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good, contains errors, reads easily


This is a book I very much enjoyed reading.The content is not always correct or complete, but I guess that is a problem that is found in most "all-in-one" books.While reading this book I very often got distracted by the way the author got me involved in examples that take away the attention from the important information.The chapter about Cryptography is not complete.I do not believe it is possible to pass the CISSP exam with just this book.It is a pity that there is no motivation with the solutions for the test questions. The solutions sections consist of a list of letters. If a question is troubling, this approach doesn't help.Overall, this is a nice book. But it should not be the only reference you read on the subject.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Mislabelled


The exam guide seems to think that Windows NT based NOS's have the ability to track or log 'trends.' This is incorrect and unfortunately, they incorporate this fallicy into their end of chapter questions. An administrator or a well written script should be able to look at the log and contrasted with baselining, would be the only way to tell.
They have an annoying habit of not including key phrases like CHOOSE ALL THAT APPLY or PICK THREE or etc, when they desire more than one answer in the chapter reviews. This wouldn't be bad if they were cosistent about not putting this into the questions. I'd be on more guard. As it is, some questions it seems that they DID remember to put that wording - which makes me constantly yo-yoing between thinking 'Are they looking for more or not?' This is something detrimental. Maybe the Exam Cram 2 wasn't as indepth, but at least their exam questions were thorough.
Terminology not clearly defined, such as page 121 referencing something called an SA. Since they are referencing the ISAKMP just a few sentences later, it's inferred by me that they are just talking about a Security Association. Again, this isn't defined, it's assumed. I could be wrong, just like they are for not being thorough.
Overall, after reviewing this, i think that this book provides too much information. If it wants to be a textbook, fine, call yourself a textbook. But this isn't an exam prep or exam review.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hands Down The Best!


Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual is hands-down the best tutorial and reference available on this complex, deep program. Dreamweaver 4: The Missing Manual was already an excellent book, but Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual improves upon it in almost every way.
McFarland has almost doubled the amount of content in this book while maintaining his clear, accessible style. The presentation is clear and easy to read, but there is great depth here (the tips on database integration alone are worth the price of admission). It's one of the few computer books I've seen that I'd feel comfortable recommending to absolute beginners as well as seasoned experts.
Great job, and well worthy of the O'Reilly mark.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not very good for anything...


This is by no means a good book to do anything with. The book provides incomplete examples in the 70-something pages and then provides the rest of the book as appendices. The explanations aren't great, either... I was really disappointed with this book. Buy a better one.