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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Firefox Hacks (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Nigel McFarlane
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Learn to be a Power user from the experts


A quick google of the authors name will turn up hundreds of links to
articles and interviews on the subject of Mozilla and related
technologies. Nigel is also the author of several other books
including, "Rapid Application Development with Mozilla", which is part
of the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series.

Overview

This is the latest book in the O'Reilly Hacks Series, and was
published in March of 2005. Browsing the Internet has changed
dramatically from it's early days of simple HTML. The browser has
become an increasingly important and complex tool. Firefox Hacks is
an excellent resource to help understand how to take full advantage of
this increasingly popular browser.

Intended Audience

The first four chapters are focused on the use of Firefox, and are
good for any Firefox user from novice to more advanced. The last five
chapters include increasingly advanced topics focused on Firefox
programming, and make a good introduction for programmers who are new
to these technologies and think they might be interested in writing an
extension or application.

Highlights

Firefox has made a lot of publicity for it's security, and hacks 11-21
explain security issues and how to configure Firefox to provide the
safest browsing experience.

Ever since Mozilla was split in two. The ability to open URLs in email
messages read in Thunderbird using Firefox has required a relatively
unknown customization (See Hack 40).

There are numerous Internet sources of information about how to
synchronize Firefox profiles between two computers. Hack 31 explains
how to "Take Firefox with you", which includes several strategies to
accomplish the task.

Rough Spots

The novice Firefox user may only be interested in the first half of
the book, but it may still be worth the price for all valuable tips
provided.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows 2000 MCSE Core Requirements Training Kit (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors:
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A Mixed Lot OK for 210 and 215 but NO GOOD for 216 and 217


These MS books don't prepare you for tests well and they don't educate you about the products and technologies well. They *kinda* do both. If you want to learn about MS, buy their resource kits, which are excellent and inexpensive, and other references. If you want to pass the tests, go with some of those red cover books like exam cram.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Complete Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: David Groth, Dan Newland
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is a great place to start your studies


I found this book to be very well laid out for beginners and advanced techs alike. It was easy to read and understand and did a great job of keeping the information in your head (the chapter quizes and study CD were a great tool). I am now A+ Certified and scored a 95 on the Core and an 89 on the DOS/Windows on the first try and I would not have done it without this book! The book led me from knowing nothing but the basics to a solid fundamental knowledge of all exam objectives. The Core Part covers virtually everything the exam can test you on and the DOS/Windows part does a good job of prepping you for the basics but on the exam you had better know Dos,Win3.x and Windows 95 via experience or you may have a hard time with the test. I highly recommend this as your first study platform then using A+ Exam Cram to polish your knowledge before taking the tests! Good Luck! If I can do it so can you!!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dragon Book == Compiler Bible, advice to compiler newbies


I'm a graduate student doing PhD work in compilers and this is the first book we make new students read. It is an exhaustive compendium of all the basics with particular emphasis on front end stuff like parsing, and lexing. While these are primarily automated processes these days, this foundation is crucial to build the rest of your knowledge on. My advice, buy this book and read it fully to lay a foundation. Then get Steven Muchnick's book to bring yourself up to the bleeding edge. Muchnick is more practical minded, but read this first. Like the other reviews, i can't say enough about the quality of this book.