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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great Technically! - not for Newbies!

The more I read about TCP/IP (or any technical subject) the more it becomes clear that what may be good for one student may not be good for another. Some will really like this book. Others will really hate it. If you have already had the 10,000 ft. view of the TCP/IP protocol suite, and hunger for the nut-and-bolts, then this book is for you. It goes into excrutiating detail about what is happening during communication exchanges, maps out all the fields in various headers, and shows you just what happens - even the extraneous stuff - when some common commands are executed.
I gave it four stars because I have not seen any other text go into this kind of detail. For a companion text, I would recommend "Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol. I" (Comer), or "Internet Core Protocols: the Definitive Guide" (Hall).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

This book is pretty complete as far as covering the fundamentals of java network programming is concerned.However, it provides not much more information than what the first edition covered.Most of the chapters seem the same, and some have been re arranged.Manning's book covers more topics,but this book gives better explanation of the concepts like RMI etc.Overall, a good addition to the shelf,but if you already have the first edition of this book, might want to consider Manning's book instead.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Certification for Dummies (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you're looking for a concise study guide, you've found it

Out of the three Network+ study guides I've purchased, this one is the best. The book is very straight-forward in that it only talks about what you really need to know to pass the test. The author does a good job of reiterating important points. There were some inaccuracies in the practice test, but when I e-mailed the editorial company, they were quick to admit fault and to correct the errors for the next edition. Very good study guide, but I would recommend purchasing a book like Coriolis' Exam Prep for the Network+ which is more comprehensive (as a reference). I passed the Network+ with an %89 and used this book as my primary study guide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essentials of Systems Analysis and Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Joseph S. Valacich, Joey F. George, Jeffrey A. Hoffer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

If you have sleeping problems then purchase this book. It'll put you to sleep in a second. It's dry and doesn't relate to the real world. I think it should have more case stories about actual projects and actual application development at actual corporations. This is among the dryest and most boring text books I have ever come across. It's only good use is as a resting spot for your head after you've fallen asleep from reading it.