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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Establishing a System of Policies and Procedures
Publisher: Project Management Institute
Authors: Stephen Page
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Writing Format Makes the Book

I am disappointed, and in agreement with P J Leigh. This book contains some useful information for a beginner, or for someone whose career is not primarily in writing. But there is little of substance for the professional business writer. I was expecting to find specific guidelines for integrating our "procedures" with our "polices" as two separate but related concepts. Beyond a definition of the two terms, nothing of help. Also this little tome abounds with typographical errors, more than I have ever seen in a publicly distributed book. Looks like it was self-edited and very poorly proofed. Makes for very annoying reading. Also it is a typographical nightmare. Heading styles are not sensible and the reader can't tell what heading is subordinate to another. (Author could benefit from some of Robin Williams' work, such as "The PC is Not a Typwriter," which is basic but wonderful.) This book needs some professional help before it goes to another printing. Also, it should cearly state that it is geared to people who do not consider themselves writers.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book for study

Not a Microsoft press fan, but this book seems like best in category for Upgrade study.
The book is huge, but the tear out study card leads one through the chapters needed to study, by topic, for each of the two exams covered, 70-292 and 70-296.
A reference in readme.txt on the CD goes to Microsoft site for book corrections, something no other publisher has. Editing in some books is really terrible. My experience even with Sybex is very disappointing. But editing in this book is clear, in order, and interesting.

Criticism of the length of the book by others fails to recognize that if you already know a topic, you can skip it! Everyone who has ever taken a Microsoft exam also knows that never, never, never does any book cover what is required to pass MS exams without further practice tests and reading. Microsoft wants us to retake every exam and pay each time, right! We do some research for web sites that tell us what is missing so we can do other study, as necessary.

Comes with Server2003 CD and second CD with the book on it! Some others do not.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wowee!! A Well Written Primer

There's a lot of pride when building your first PC. Seeing it work and seeing it connect online. Thompson gives the first timer the opportunity to do so with his title. O'Reilly has done it again. An author who realizes that not everyone is an expert in a given subject. That understanding a title is easier when the subject matter is presented in layman's terminology. This is a thirty dollars well spent if you want to build a PC.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
abundance of not too useful information

The authors of this book focused on volume while ignoring quality. The writing is verbose and unclear, making it painful to try to read this book. The authors don't seem to fully understand many of the topics. Perhaps that is why they give an overview of a topic instead of going into depth. I don't recommend this book at all.