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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security+ Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Michael Pastore
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Could have been better

It is clear that Mr. Pastore has done his homework. What I liked about it was that it addressed a wide range of issues at just the right level of detail to make it compelling as well as understandable. The illustrations were straightforward and clear, the narrative tracked well with the illustrations and topics were nicely organized. Another feature I liked was that many of the chapters are readable on their own, so that the reader can pick the topics of interest without struggling throught a lot of peripheral information. Mr. Pastore's style is direct and clear - rare attributes in competing computing security books - and invites the reader to stay engaged. I highly recommend this book, not only for computing professionals, but also any computer users, at home or at work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-316): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual C# and Visual Studio.NET
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book but needs familiarity with C#

I have read few other books for 70-316 exam preparation but I like this one the best. This book does not waste pages in listing and explaining the VB.NET code. This book is all about C# only, which is good because that is what the 70-316 exam requires you to know.
The most interesting fact is that this book is much fatter than other exam preparation books and surprisingly the cheapest one. Thanks to this book, it was pretty [inexpensive] and easy for me to pass this exam when compared to my old MCSD exams.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Outdated & incomplete

This book was written a while back & a lot has happened since then. The book still refers to outdated RFCs, which have since been superseded by other RFCs, as the standard for certain protocols. It also feels like a chinese lunch in many ways, it does not fully inform the reader of the potential pitfalls & shortcomings in the protocols. It just skims through a lot of things, particularly the TCP protocol, which deserves alot of in-depth treatment. Frankly, one is better off reading the RFCs posted at... they are a lot more complete.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
All I needed to Pass A+ Test

This was the only book I needed to pass both A+ Tests and obtain certification. I will also keep this book handy for future reference. It also has a great CD that comes with it that has lots of practice tests. His tests were much harder than the actual certification test, so I was really ready and did great on the A+ and now Im certified!!!!!!!!