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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent advanced SQL book


This is a new edition which expands the programming tips from the first edition and removes the theoretical content (theory is now covered in DATA & DATABASES).



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not even close


This book doesn't even scratch the surface of the CCIE written, I was very disappointed in this book. It is more or less 700+ pages of a table of contents. I think that it could have been better written and covered the material better than it did, even if it had to be split into two or three volumes to cover the topics in more detail. Sorry, but after going through the CCNP and CCDP using the certification guides for study (and of course on hands experience), this book is by far the worst that I have read through. This book would be good for a review of the CCNP.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not even close


This book doesn't even scratch the surface of the CCIE written, I was very disappointed in this book. It is more or less 700+ pages of a table of contents. I think that it could have been better written and covered the material better than it did, even if it had to be split into two or three volumes to cover the topics in more detail. Sorry, but after going through the CCNP and CCDP using the certification guides for study (and of course on hands experience), this book is by far the worst that I have read through. This book would be good for a review of the CCNP.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Architecture in Practice, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Len Bass, Paul Clements, Rick Kazman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good software architecture book


My recent software engineering graduate course on software architecture relied mainly on this SEI text, along with several of the many SEI white papers posted on the SEI site, and such texts as Buschmann's Pattern Oriented Software Architecture (POSA) and Stelting/Maassen's Applied Java Patterns. Since the second edition of the text was available just two weeks after the start of the course, I decided not to purchase the first edition, and instead purchased the second edition. However, having used both editions for the course, I must say that the second edition is superior to the first even when only taking the architectural view notation into account (it uses UML rather than a cryptic, proprietary notation used in the first edition, although at this high of a level in modeling, UML sometimes disappoints as well). The addition of content from some SEI white papers to the text is also a benefit of the second edition. The text, regardless of the edition, is well written and very understandable.