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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional JSP 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Simon Brown, Robert Burdick, Jayson Falkner, Ben Galbraith, Rod Johnson, Larry Kim, Casey Kochmer, Thor Kristmundsson, Sing Li
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best JSP book yet

I had bought 2 other JSP books, both of them had so many errors. So far all the code in this book rocks, with clear concise explanations. They give you examples for both windows and linux, tell you WHAT you need to get up and running, etc....

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Solid Book

To my opinion, this is one of the best books on the subject from those that are on the market today. I used this book to prepare for Sun's 310-025 certification test and scored 97%. This book accounted for at least 85% of that score, while the rest was due to online tests, practice and some other books. But, this book not only prepares for the test, it actually gives some real knowledge and understnding of Java, which will not be useless in the real world.
Good points (of this book): * extremely thorough and accurate coverage of ALL test objectives; the book goes even beyond and covers some essential areas which are not on the test yet, but could be there in the nearset future (such as Swing) * Review questions at the end of each chapter * At the end of almost every chapter there is a practice programming assignment; first, I was too lazy to do them, but then I realized that there is only one or two assignments at the end of each chapter, so it's not really intimidating and actually possible to do them quickly w/o wasting too much time. * The test in the end of book is very hard; I was able to score only 81% there (with Java 2 Exam Cram practice test, which I was also studying, I scored 91%, and on real exam I got 97%)
Not-so-good points: * There are some minor mistakes (like in any other book out there) in the text and even before you start studying this book, you should download latest errata, go through the book with pencil and correct all of them. The good part is that errata is fairly accurate and frequently updated.
Conclusion: This is a fundamental work which should not be overlooked; probably, the best to date. =================
BTW, here is the recources, I was using to prepare for this exam:
* This book * Bill Brodgen's "Java 2 Exam Cram" * David Flanagans's "Java in a Nutshell" * A dozen of online tests (most notably, Java Ranch's list of links to java certification recources)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IT Project Management : On Track from Start to Finish, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book; informative and entertaining

This book is extremely well written. I read it four times and I liked it all four times. The questions and exercise at the end of each chapter are very well designed. Personally, I have no time or money to take any 5 days training course. This book is exactly what I need. I have no problem recommending this book to anyone who wants to learn Project Management. And, the book helped me pass the exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server(TM) 2003 Inside Out (Inside Out)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fresh perspective on Windows Server 2003

William Stanek is one of the world's most respected Windows authors. His expertise shows in Windows Server 2003 Inside Out. Windows Server 2003 Inside Out has everything you need to deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot a Windows network as efficiently as possible.

Let me start by saying I've read all 3 of Stanek's Windows pocket books prior to this one (NT4, 2000 & 2003). I've been an admin for 7 years. This book is a one of a kind in the ocean of Windows Server books available these days. It is targetted specifically at windows admins and network engineers (and anybody else) who wants or needs to know Windows Server 2003 and it is written with the kind of insider knowledge you can only get by from many years of experience writing, teaching and consulting on Windows Server which Stanek has.

It is a massive book (almost 1500 pages). The CD-ROM includes the full Windows Server 2003 Resource Kit, lots of tools and the System Architecture documentation. In my opinion it is the most complete, up-to-date resource available. What it will show you is how Windows Server 2003 can be installed, configured, and maintained.

As with Stanek's pocket consultants, the writing style is very clear and consice. It is easy to find answers. It provides a solid foundation for correct DHCP, DNS, and WINS deployment and configuration. The architecture details are very comprehensive. It has excellent details on IP including subnetting (I finally understand it).

However, the best part of this book, in my opinion, is part 7: "Managing Active Directory and Security". It teaches you step by step how to implement it and use it to manage Windows networks. If you ever wanted to know how Active Directory really works this is a must read. It is better than the books dedicated to Active Directory I've read.

If you are new to Windows Server, I recommend starting with Stanek's Windows Server 2003 Pocket book first to learn as much as possible. Once you think you know everything about it, buy Windows Server 2003 Inside Out to see how much you still have to learn. This is the *Windows Server* bible.