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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
That makes two


I used this book ONLY and passed the CCNA test on the first try...that is what counts for me. I am a true 'newbie' and had NO experience with Cisco or routing. The book was well layed out, easy to read, and obviously gave me the right knowledge to pass the test the first time. I do ,however, think a bit more time should have been given to ISDN and Frame Relay...but that is really my only gripe. The network simulator was invaluable, I don't think I would have passed without it. Not having access to a router, and no experience, the simulator really made the concepts in the book sink in for me. Plus, knowing the comands is a must, and using the simulator made that 100 times easier than just sitting there looking at them in a book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you buy only one OO book, make it this one.


If you've ever designed an OO system and fell into the same traps and gotcha's, this book will save you. The 23 design patterns detail solutions (and caveats) to some of the most common computing problems. And you'll never be without a buzzword or phrase to stymie the newbie OO developer



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The guy is brilliant


This book covers almost everything you need to know in ASP .Net programming in an easy-to-follow way. It can be a good tutorial for ASP .Net newbies and a good reference book for experienced ASP .Net programmers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Make people bored before really learned anything


Overall Rating: Well done! This book will be a valuable teaching and reference tool.Teaching Value: Excellent! An essential book on this topic.Reference Value: A complete reference. I would not need any additional reference on this topic.
This book presents an explanation of Struts that is both easy to comprehend and one that follows the design process from beginning to end. It's a complete guide to the Struts project, taking developers through concepts, design and implementation and explains the Model 2 design pattern in depth.
Installation and setup are thoroughly documented, and every configuration option is clearly explained. JSP programming within the context of Struts is explored, with tons of practical examples that use both the standard JSP tag libraries and Struts additions. You'll also become adept at programming multitiered applications, interacting with EJBs from struts applications, and handling complex validation and logging through the Struts provided packages and tools. Also covers how to create your own rules and to use it outside of Struts.
Whether you've been struggling with Struts, or you want to get started in Model 2 programming, or you're an advanced Struts programmer wanting to fully exploit this powerful framework, overall I'd say this is an excellent resource.