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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Telecom Crash Course
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Authors: Steven Shepard, Steven Shepard
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Everything's here...you just have to find it!


Telecom's Crash Course is an excellent compilation of all major facets of the Telecommunications industry. As someone who monitors foreign investments into the US technology sector, I've found this both an excellent primer for newbies as well as a very helpful resource to those who have been doing this for a while.

The PROS: The book is comprehensive and walks through the very tactical level, detailed explanation of specific technologies and the many ways that a given portion of data can move across the planet. If you're new to the field, reading this book is the cheapest and fastest method to be armed with a semi-comprehensive knowledge spanning the industry.

The CONS: I can see how people could say that this book gets lost in the weeds because the explanations are sometimes extensive, detailed, and probably don't fit the bill if you're looking for a book covering the overall trends present in the telecoms market. If you're looking for a "big concepts" book only, this isn't for you. Reviewers commenting on the book's lack of focus were probably hoping primarily for a "here are the major trends in the industry" and not an industry technology primer, a "crash course" in the industry.

Buy the paperback. It's a bit of a painful read in places, but hey, this is Telecoms, and it doesn't get too many people hyper excited--if you're buying a book called "Telecoms Crash Course" and expecting a nail-biting thriller, you probably have some misplaced expectations! Enjoy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of top HTML references available!


Overall a very good book for beginners (no HTML authoring experience at all). You can have a web page up and running in half an hour with this book. Plenty of advanced stuff for beginners, however anyone with a little HTML experience will want one of the "dictionaries" because this book was not designed to go into that depth.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: VB and VBA in a Nutshell: The Languages
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Lomax
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very good book


This book is a *focused* reference manual for VB. By that I mean that it does not attempt to cover every obscure feature, but is also quite complete in its coverage of what a professional programmer wants. The second part of the book (alphabetical language reference) includes an especially useful feature called "Programming Tips & Gotchas" which points out non-intuitive features, undocumented features, and, dare I suggest it -- bugs in the product. There's professional-quality depth here -- I'm very pleased with this purchase.



Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Book!


All hail the author of this book! This book helps me passed my CCNP Routing exam.
It explain all the Routing Protocols used, configuration, administration and troubleshooting. In this book, the author delivers his mastery of the subject.