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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth itself 10x over

This book covers it all!! from simple tasks to advanced stuff like authentication with WebServices.... this has been THE best tool for me to advance myself career-wise into ASP.NET programming
I have recommended this book so many times i lost count long long ago

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCNA for Dummies, Second Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Only a start

First of all, I would tell anyone studying for their CCNA exams to read this book first. Most of the other books on the subject are written by nerds for nerds. This book (as is true of most of the "for Dummies" series) demystifies a lot of the technology by describing it in clear language. But don't use it as your only study guide. It is NOT the only reference you're going to need to pass the exam. I also used Wendell Odom's books (published by Cisco Press). I recommend them for content but I found some of the explanations a little difficult and had to reread passages several times to get what he was saying. Also, the CCNA flash cards book (also published by Cisco Press) is a good resource. I used CCNA for Dummies, Wendell Odom's CCNA Intro and CCNA ICND, and the flash cards books to study for a recertification and did very well. If you are studying for a first time certification, I would add one more source (publsihed by Sybex or McGraw Hill--take your pick) because each author is going to emphasize different things and this is the only way to get the big picture. Regarding the quality of the practice testing software supplied with CCNA for Dummies, I ran into this with Boson (who supplied the practice tests for CCNA for Dummies and the practice tests and NetSim software to Cisco Press)--yes, some of the practice questions do have wrong answers. The QC, though, is the responsibility of the authors of the tests, not IDG, Cisco Press or Boson. The tests are buggy but the publisher is standing between you and the author. You'll beat up the publisher for selling you an inferior product but the actual responsibility lies with the author of the practice test. The only thing you can do here is know your subject so well that you know when the answers to the practice tests are wrong. As far as the practice simulators are concerned, go to Cisco's website to see what the test simulator is REALLY like. So, the bottom line on CCNA for Dummies is that this should definitely be in your arsenal but should not be the only book you use to study for the test(s). You're definitely going to need several books to do well on the exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server Development with Access 2000
Publisher: Peer Information Inc.
Authors: Rick Dobson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Programmer's Guide

This is a book that takes you to the heart of Access 2000 and SQL Server, unlike boring syntax reference manuals. The author's style and presentation guide you, at a comfortable pace, from installation steps at the beginning, to development in Access and SQL within the first few chapters. A must read for developers and want-to-be developers. Numerous examples fill the pages of this programmer to programmer quide. Within the first couple of hours after reading this book, I was able to dive right in to SQL 7.0 development using Access 2000 project as a front-end development tool. I have spent many hours attending online seminars and reading reference maunals, this is the first book I have found on the market that answered nearly all of the development questions I have had. Thank you, Rick Dobson, for taking the time to put together one of the best development books on the market for your fellow programmers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My favorite Javascript text...

This is a great read for web developers that know the basics of JavaScript and need a desk reference. I think that this is a great example of how O'Reilly has created a book series that creates a loyal group of O'Reilly readers. Hands down, the Rhino is my favorite JavaScript reference.