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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: WebLogic: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jon Mountjoy
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Does not mention Workshop nor Portals

This "Definitive Guide" does not mention Portals/portlets nor Weblogic Workshop. I quote:
"It is beyond the scope of this book to discuss how to use Weblogic Workshop in depth. It is a powerfull, comprehensive tool that provides a different route to creating applications than described in the rest of this book. (...) Creating web services ... requires coding, descriptor files and Ant build files. On the other hand, you can create web services in Workshop with a few drags of the mouse."
Great. So the most usefull feature of WL 8.1 is not even discussed. And not a word on portals. All the same, it manages to occupy a whopping 800 pages.
I strongly recomend you get "BEA Weblogic Workshop 8.1" from SAMS publishing (ISBN: 0-672-32622-1)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great 'upgrade'

I'm very familiar with, and seen lots of books on Apple's History. But this new 'Apple Confidential 2.0' is a fantastic reference/read. Detailed timelines on individual topics add a new dimension to the fascinating and well researched stories. Covers EVERYTHING ever produced from Apple/The Steves right up to the G5's.
Highly recommended. True to it's 'Definitive' title.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux(R) Desktop Garage (Garage)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Susan Matteson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

I am a fledgling user when it comes to computers. A friend told me about Linux and told me to try it. Then I found the book, Linux Desktop Garage at the book store recently and bought it to help me get aquainted with linux. It was a fun read and even I could understand the hints and instructions. If you have thought about trying Linux as an alternative to Windows, this book should be packed in with the disc as an instructuion manuel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mike Meyers' CISSP(R) Certification Passport
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Think Twice

/* DisclaimerThe CISSP is a *very* tough exam to write a review book for. It is quite correctly described as "a mile wide and an inch deep". Therefore do NOT expect this book to cover everything that you will encounter on the exam, and certainly don't get angry when you take the test and there are things not covered in this book.*/
So the material .... I found the chapters to be well laid out and direct. There was a lot of information crammed into a very small book, which made it ideal for me as a "last week" review. I took notes on every chapter and picked up quite a few little nuggets of information that I hadn't seen anywhere else. Of course this was my only "exam" book. Everything else I used to prepare was actually a book on a given subject (ie Incident Response, Network Intrusion Detection, etc.) so I can't really say how it stacks up against other prep books.
So overall it's definitely worth the money since it's cheaper than most tomes, but I regret not using a second "exam" review. That is not a reflection of this book, but of the massive amount of material on the exam.