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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
beginning,intermediate and Advanced ???impossible!!

I'm MCSE+I and MCDBA I's impossible to write a book for all levels. Mark has done a good job in Mastering NT 4.0 but he disappointed us by this book. if you buy this book you'll see some section for advanced readers ,some for intermediate and beginners.!! It's really diffecul to deal with this book,because you 'll skip many sections of the book regardless of your level.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Routing TCP/IP, Volume II (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle, Jennifer DeHaven Carroll
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
IT could have been better

This book is a diaspointment from Doyle's Routing TCP/IP Volume I.
This book is purely for beginners. All the topic in this book can be found in BGP Case Studies from Cisco web site. It's more for Enterprise Networks, not for ISPs. The author should provide more details, explanations, examples on BGP Filtering, Attributes, specially regular expressions. The book covers only the basics.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Teaching experience shows

I was halfway through the O'Reilly book on this topic, and just stopped when I started the Hillegass book. (And my opinion of O'Reilly books is generally very high.) His experience as a teacher really shows. Each time a question arises in my mind, he answers it in the next paragraph. Perfectly targeted for the experienced programmer who simply doesn't know the Cocoa framework. Pretty hard to improve on this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Effective Use Cases
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alistair Cockburn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It strikes me as both useful and well-written.

The Amazon review does a very good job of summarizing the content. So I'll just clarify that the book is an actor-trigger based view of use cases. While there's certainly room to quarrel about Cockburn's particular flavor (arguments about how to write requirements can approach religious wars), I think that most would agree that he explains his style well.
A good place for beginners to start and I think that even professionals quite experienced in requirements definition will find new ways of thinking about system design.