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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages

Written from a programmer's perspective but assuming almost no knowledge (other that HTML and a basic understanding of Java), Marty Hall begins by carefully explaining the basics of Servlets, development environments, and Servlet programming. He does not begin with JSP until the second half of the book.
Covers servlets, JSP tag libraries, sessions, beans, and JDBC. Also covers Installation, setup, and configuration of the following servlet containers: Tomcat, JRun, IBM Websphere, Sun's Java Web Server and JavaServer Web Development Kit, BEA Weblogic, New Atlanta ServletExec. Stepwise explanation of server details, including how to register web applications for each.
The examples assume a basic understanding of Java and HTML but nothing else. Stepwise instructions for setting up the servlet container, classpath settings, and compiling and using packaged files.
Tons of examples from useful utilities to learning tools (ShowCGIVariables.java) Make this book a highly valuable book.
How to get the most out of this book:Although all of the examples are online and can be downloaded, you will learn more from typing them in by hand and compiling them yourself, comments and all. When doing this, keep the J2SE API and javax.servlet docs loaded in a browser window so that you may quickly look up classes and methods (*do* look up unfamiliar classes). Do the examples in the first few chapters as prescribed. This will give you a more complete and intimate understanding of how JSP's really work.
Also see 'More Servlets and JavaServer Pages,' (same author & publisher). These two books are the best books I have found on this topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS & BIND Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cricket Liu
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

"DNS & BIND Cookbook" is a problem-solving text, which Network Administrators will be glad to read. It displayed utmost rationality in its simple and concise way of dealing with most problems, which arise from Domain Name Systems. It also exposed all the factors, which are likely to escalate Berkeley Internet Name Domain problems, before providing their remedies in a clear sequential order.Net Administrators (as well as voracious users of any of the major Operating Systems) would appreciate the inclusion of an easy-to-digest chapter on Internet Protocol version 6, (IPv6). This book clearly made the mark!Apart from the rather summarized information, which I noticed on two of its chapters, (i.e.: 'Create Zone Files For Your Domains' and 'Use Increment Transfer'), there is nothing that I will hold against this book. Cricket Liu did a very good job in writing it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-100), Third Edition (Planet3 Wireless)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Planet3 Wireless
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect reading for the PWO-100 exam.

Ever since the CNWA announcement, I have searched the internet for all study material. I have taken practice exams and even downloaded the only "study guide" I could find, that was until now.

This release seems to be a good source of information as it is written by the CTO of Planet3 Wireless, the creator of the CWNA exam. Having read other material from Devin Arkin and then reading this book I think you'll have a great chance of passing on the first try.

Written to the introductory level of technician this book gives you a complete breakdown of the exam objectives. Arkin makes the reading easy to follow along, but at the same fills the pages with detailed explanations.

While the book does have over a hundred practice questions, I think for the money a cd should have been included with practice tests. Overall, while a little pricey, it may be worth the buy for the CNWA cert

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I read part of the book- its a big book- and haven't finished it. It seems comprehensive. I am not electrically inclined, so I am glad he wrote a chapter on electricity. It seems like a great study guide. I am using it as a self-study and I have learned in the few short chapters that I have read and I believe that this book can teach me more.