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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good source for exam preparation.

I purchased this book to use for a+ exam prep (2003 objectives) after conducting a lot of research on Amazon.

My background: 8+ years of application development, technical troubleshooting, production support and PC/server maintenance experience.
My story: I am working on filling out my resume with more hardware and networking training. Before my a+ studying I was very weak at hardware related topics but somewhat proficient in Microsoft Windows OS topics. Now I am stronger in both areas.

I used two books for a+ test preparation.
A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide by Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan (this book)
A+ Training Guide, Fifth Edition by Charles J. Brooks (please see this book on Amazon for my review)

I found the A+ All in One Exam Guide valuable for the historical and conceptual material it offered on the included hardware and os topics. The author writes with some interest and humor just like the reviews stated on Amazon. The book has a real-world feel. It is detailed in many sections and provides tips to note for topics which may be covered on the exams. This book also included 2-3 practice tests for each exam (hardware and os). I found the practice tests to be VERY valuable in studying and preparing for the exams.

I read this entire book one/two chapter(s) at a time over a period of time. I then went back over the book chapter by chapter taking notes and as I covered each chapter, I worked through the practice questions at the end of each chapter making sure to understand the details surrounding the ones which I missed. Once finished with this I took all of the practice exams in the back of this book. I was careful to study the items and explanations which I missed on the practice tests.

I would state that another book should be used with this one in order to practice and prepare for the a+ exams (2003 objectives). I believe that both of the books which I used helped my exam preparation and ability to learn the actual topics in different ways. Both books contained numerous practice questions, for study and for the exams, and the more questions you can use to learn the material the better off you will be in preparation for the actual tests.

The only complaint I have for this book (the reason for 4 stars) is that it condenses most of its information into textual descriptions rather than tables of items for direct comparison. I liked the A+ Training Guide due to its concise tables of data which allowed me to see the various comparisons of topic items such as microprocessors for example.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco QOS Exam Certification Guide (IP Telephony Self-Study) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom, Michael Cavanaugh
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very happy with 1st 100 pages

OK, so I'm impatient to mouth-off. I've only read the 1st 100 pages but I'm so impressed, I want to tell you.

I just want to know about QoS. Exam is much lower priority.

I really like the language used in this book ... it resonates with me. I also like the fact that several different ways are sometimes used to describe something. This confirms my understanding & if I don't understand the 1st way of explaining it, it gives me another chance. When different terms mean the same thing, this is explained. This is great since this is a major source of confusion in IT.
The plentitude of diagrams helps clarity.
This book is very considerate of the user ... not just dumping immature thoughts on a page like so many comms. books.

I generally have developed a negative impression of CiscoPress books (eg. the MPLS 'bible') but this helps recover this.

One little bit of feedback is that I find packet flows from right a left a bit counter intuitive. Compare figures on P.90 - 101.

Regards, MH

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
Owe my Java Cert to this one!

Very good book!
Way more coverage than is probably needed for the Programmer's exam, but it made me a better Java Programmer!! One should read this book even if the endpoint is not the certification. The language is not very lucid, but the pages are crammed with solid concepts and simple examples to illustrate the nuances.
Highly recommended for an academic understanding of the Java language. It's guaranteed to make you a better programmer (at least much smarter than your colleagues!).
Good luck!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book that never stops helping

Well this book is great, I can be bored,drunk,or in any mood I can get my job done. I love this book everything you need to know about windows programming in C is here, with in depth information about every area you want to program in windows from bitmaps to DLLs one of my number #1 books by my desk.