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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-316): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual C# and Visual Studio.NET
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the best

This book is simply the best among the currently available MCAD/MCSD books. I didn't have any experience in .NET before I decided to do the certifications. I used this book and transcender practice tests and practice tests from www.wswexams.com and passed the exam (880 marks) in the first attempt. I read entire book and did all the exercise in 4 months. I'll keep this book for my future reference.

Without a question, this book is more than enough to get through the exam (assuming you already know C# and have experience in Java or C++). I have a very good knowledge in C++ and Java. Not only it prepares you for the certification but also it will let you know the detils of C# in VS.NET. Today, I bough 70-315 book from the same author and planning to buy transcender tests too.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good, but certainly not enough!!

Good, but certainly not enough!! The hardware portion is fine you need some hands on with pc's, build them for family! But i had to rely on my mcp knowledge for win because that was not enough. So you will need additional study!! Read some win stuff and install dos and win 95 a few times! use as much axamsim as you can. I thank "Phil's A+ Certification Study Guide" for the studyquestions!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco CallManager Fundamentals: A Cisco AVVID Solution
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Chris Pearce, Anne Smith, Delon Whetten
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Very Well Docemented Book That Is Clear And Easy To Unders

I did the CIPT training course hoping that it would be enough to pass the exam. Although the instructor was excellent, the documentation was not. It did not couther certain topics in detail, and was hard to follow. As I had to pass the exam for myself and so that the company kept its Cisco Partner Status I had to get some good documentation.
Although I am only half was through this book I am finding it excellent. It goes into good detail on the information, which you have to know, whilst not sending you to sleep on information, which is not relevant to call manager, networking, or telephony. I am confident that once I have read the book a few times I should be able to pass the exam without too much trouble. Cannot say this about the Cisco training documentation.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: On Intelligence
Publisher: Times Books
Authors: Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

On Intelligence would be of interest to anyone studying cognitive science.
Many researchers believe that it is the proper design/choice of architecture
that makes a cognitive system intelligent (Architectures for Intelligence, VanLehn
Lawrence Erlbaum, 1991). Hawkins attempts to outline the architecture of
the human cognitive system. Since no actual algorithms are presented it is
not possible to actually code and run his suggestions. The hierarchy he
discribes is probably closest to my own Asa H (Autonomous Software Agent -
Hierarchical). Algorithms for Asa H have been published (A Hierarchical
Architecture for Software Agents, sci.cognitive, 14 Nov. 2003, parts 1 and 2,
R. Jones) and code has been run successfully.
Hawkins argues for simple general principles of human cognitive function.
I am not convinced. Nature (evolution) is more likely to produce flawed
complex kludges.
I may have detected a contradiction in Hawkin's argument:
How is it possible that "an unexpected pattern will keep propagating up the
cortical hierarchy until some higher region can interpret it" (pg 159)
Only one level has the right degree of abstraction "large-scale
relationships are stored at the top" "small-scale relationships are stored
toward the bottom" (pg 126). Also, the time scale/granularity only
matchs at one level. At the top of the hierarchy lengthy sequences
are stored, at the bottom, brief sequences (pgs 130-131).
The concepts represented in each layer of the hierarchy defines
the vocabulary that is available to the next higher layer. Each
layer speaks its own language. How can a pattern propagate
up the hierarchy?