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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Solaris 9 System Administrator Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 310-014, Exam Cram 310-015)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Darrell Ambro
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
General unix overview - USELESS for the exam!

It's a general overview of Solaris. If you want an intro to unix, great. If you want to pass the test, forget it. Not one of the practice questions was even remotely close to any of the exam questions. If you want the overview just buy a used copy of the v6, v7, or v8 version at your local used book store.
If you know anything about solaris just goto [the website] and get their study guide. It's a little more expensive, but it at least has SOME of the real questions and it will give you a chance to pass.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
HTML expert that can teach

Eliz. has great knowledge of HTML, yet can explain it to others in an easy, systematic way. There is no good reason other books have to be 500 pages long and not be applicable as this book is. It is remarkable how slim it is, yet it contains all the essentials to tweak code.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Compiler Design and Implementation
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Steven Muchnick
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Very Good Starting Point Into Compiler Theory from 1997

This the next step after the dragon book (Compilers by Aho, et al). The algorithms contained in this book are a FANTASTIC reference for the compiler professional and i've used them on the job many times. Instuction Scheduling chapter in particular was comprehensive and useful. Covers all the important topics in a practical manner. The key word in the title is "implementation". If you are sitting down to write a compiler, this should be sitting next to you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Gives you more than you hoped for

I always get suspicious when people are throwing five stars at a book. But frankly - I find no reason to remove any stars. I bought it after deciding to take the Java 2 programmer certification and after having read readers reviews on several study guids. I was not dissapointed!
Even though I had read a couple of Java 1.1 books like "Teach yourself..." and "Mastering Java 1.1" I'm glad I got this one. It was richer in detail (filled in a couple of holes), well structured making it easy for me to work through it. The exercises with answers were very helpful for me and some of them where in fact a lot more difficult than those given on the actual exam. ( I passed. ) I found it very satisfying and motivating!
You still have to sweat unless you are a hot shot Java veteran but this book is much more than just a dry exam-cram!