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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Simulator, Not so great book.


Last month I took the CCNA exam and I passed it with 978 out 1000. In fact I was studying the CNAP for one year but this book was the right complement to success in CCNA. Obviously the next step is to pass CCNP exam, getting help from Todd Lammle books. The material contains some errors but it's an excellent study guide.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Magic Lantern Guides: Canon EOS 20D (Magic Lantern Guides)
Publisher: A Lark Photography Book
Authors: Rob Sheppard
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Rehash of owner's manual


Unfortunately, I have to agree with the other reviews of this book. I bought it hoping it would give a lot of tips about using the camera, but it is basically a rehash of the owner's manual.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
She's done it again!


Elizabeth Castro's previous book on Perl and CGI is a work of extraordinary clarity and value. The XML book tackles a much larger amount of material. It is necessarily more complex and aimed at a slightly more knowledgable reader. However, she succeeds in covering all the material in her usual clear, accurate and engaging way. The price can't be beat. You can buy a 1000-page book for $50 and get maybe 100 really good pages. You can buy this 200-page book for under $20 and get 200 really good pages! With Elizabeth Castro's books, there is no fluff, no filler, no needless repetition. Every page is worthwhile and adds value.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good beginner book


I am an experienced MS DOS visual basic programmer. I bought VB.Net and was really out to sea. The Interface was fine but I had no idea how to structure the code. This book got me up and running in minutes. It saved me countless hours searching the on-line help that comes with VB.Net. It will get you printing (far from an easy task), accessing files and building modules quickly. The only negative I have is that the book covers some super basic concepts, and jumps into some really complex subjects by the end, so I would say it lacks focus: not really for beginners and not really for experts. On the other hand...there is something for everyone. You WILL need one other book: the language reference by the same publisher. I am GLAD I bought this book.