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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP.NET Databases Using VB.NET
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: John Kauffman, Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati, Brian Matsik, Eric N. Mintz, Jan D. Narkiewicz, Kent Tegels, Donald Xie, John West, Jesudas Chinnathampi, James Greenwood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book


I'm a project manager who has run a few ASP projects but have not used .net technology. This was a good way to learn some of the new ASP features. Well written.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Using SANs and NAS
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: W. Curtis Preston
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Good treatment of the subject


If you are looking for a very concise examination of SAN and NAS technologies, this is the right book. While it is a fraction of the size of some other books on the topic, it is a to-the-point treatment of the major architectural components of each.There is a lot of foundation info that is somewhat assumed and reviewed briefly, but the killer chapters are on backup and restore methodologies around these technologies.This is not a disk array or fibre-channel switch product guide nor does it explain every last detail of SCSI commands. But if the need is to understand these technologies and their place in your infrastructure, this is a good work.Well worth the purchase price.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Practical Studies, Vol. 2 (CCIE Self-Study)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Karl Solie, Leah Lynch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Worth the price of admission!


I am a multiple CCIE looking for all around knowledge of subjects, including the multiple topics listed in this book. Having read the first volume in the series, I wanted to learn the tips and tricks of the authors. I can honestly say thatalthough this book is good and worth the read, it was not as good as the first book. There are also much better booksto read on some of the topics listed in this book (see Halabi & Parkhurst for BGP) but the authors do add good examples to their explanations.
The best part of the book is the route-filtering and the queuing chapters. The switching chapter wasn't all that bad either with a deep dive into Spanning Tree as well as the features of the 3550. I was impressed with the output of the show/debug commands which shows us that the authors actually tested their configurations and allows the reader to follow along even if they don't have real gear to test the scenarios out.
Some of the material in the book was extraneous and felt a little like filler when reading it (the chapters on ATM and the Switching modes) but those were easily outdone by the BGP topic scenarios.
The full scale labs at the end of the book were really good and tested potential candidates on core areas and would give candidates an accurate account of the type of scenarios they should know for the real world.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCDA/CCDP Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Anthony Sequeira, Kevin Wallace
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice summary tool


Having just passed the CCDA DESIGN exam 640-861 and CCDP ARCH exam 642-871 within the period of one week, I found this book to be one of the more useful study tools. The ARCH exam is really an extension of the DESIGH exam...in fact the two tests share some of the same knowledge, so it's best to take them consecutively to cut down on your study time. The Flash Cards in this book relate directly to the Quick Reference Sheets and these Sheets are probably the most outstanding feature of this book. They do a great job of summarizing most of what you need to know to pass this exam. The study questions were great, too, at filling in small details that you will see on the exam. I want to stress that this was not the only study tool I used, but this book was outstanding for final test preparation. Highly recommended.