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Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not Just For CCIE Candidates!

This book, along with Jeff Doyle's wonderful TCP/IP Vol. 1, were my main sources for passing the IE Written exam, and I'm sure I'll be using it in the months ahead preparing for the lab!
This book is NOT just for CCIE candidates. It has the clearest descriptions of bridging techniques I have ever read, and would be a great investment for anyone working on the CCNP or CCNA.
The highest score I got on the exam was in the Bridging category, and I owe much of that to this great work. A must for your networking library, no matter the stage!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C: A Reference Manual (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not Woth the Money

Get the other one by Dennis Ricthie for a C reference manual. This one is very difficult to follow.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Python, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Mark Lutz, David Ascher
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Simply dreadful

Having previously read several O'reilly Perl books I thought that learning Python from this text would be straight forward. Unfortunately this book has none of the helpful examples that the Perl books have and also dissappointing was the reluctance to write the code as you might using a text editor. Instead the authors seem to prefer to write code as it would be run from the interpreter on the commandline. This made it really hard to write any Python using the text editor. All in all a complete waste of money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
First Half Excellent; Second Half Extremely Poor

As I read the book, questions were answered as i came up with them. Very informative, explained why things are done, not just telling that is the way it is.