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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCDA/CCDP Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Anthony Sequeira, Kevin Wallace
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Delivers on Its Promise

CCDA/CCDP Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack by Anthony Sequeira and Kevin Wallace (Cisco Press 2004) delivers on what it promises: solid final preparation materials for the CCDA (DESIGN 640-861) and CCDP (ARCH 642-871) exams. If you have studied the basic exam material for these exams you are ready to burn in your knowledge using this book. For the CCDA, preliminary preparations means reading the CCDA Exam Certification Guide and/or the CCDA Self Study book for the DESIGN topics. Both of these are now available from Cisco Press. Unfortunately, there are no corresponding books for the ARCH topics, so you need to take a more creative course, such as perusing the SRND guides on Cisco's website for topics such as storage, wireless, VPN, content, and telephony, while keeping the exam objectives (listed on Cisco's website) in the back of your mind. Overall, I would rate this book a 5 (out of 5), with the strong caveat that it will be difficult to pass the exams unless you do a significant amount of outside research, especially in the case of CCDP ARCH.
In making the design track more relevant to the current networking scene, Cisco replaced (in 2003) the old CCDA course with one that focused much more on cogent design practices, such as identifying the technical and business goals and constraints put forth in Priscilla Oppenheimer's Top Down Network Design. They also dropped old technologies like IPX and AppleTalk and replaced these rarely used protocols with forward-looking material like IP telephony, modern security issues like IP spoofing and DDoS mitigation, and the enterprise composite network model, which further breaks down the familiar access, distribution, and core layers into an enterprise campus (which includes submodules for network management and the server), an enterprise edge (with separate internet connectivity and e-commerce modules, along with a remote access and WAN module), and a service provider edge. Similarly, the CCDP ARCH course was upgraded (also in 2003), with a deeper focus on all of the above areas, and a much deeper treatment of QoS options for voice and data, specifics on multicast features such as sparse and dense mode operations and shared versus source distribution trees, details on the CiscoWorks network management tools including LAN Management Services and Routed WAN Management System, content caching, routing and switching, and storage essentials including NAS and SAN. In most cases the ARCH course drills deeper than the DESIGN course; in some, such as IP telephony, the DESIGN course seems to deal with the lower level issues (such as tip and ring) while ARCH deals with applications (such as Call Manager configurations including single-site, multisite, and clustering over the WAN).
The examples in CCDA/CCDP Flash Cards and Exam Practice Pack are very easy to understand and the flash cards follow the quick reference sheets quite faithfully. The illustrations are excellent and the practice questions (available on the accompanying CD-ROM) are highly relevant. The authors have delivered exactly what should be expected for this type of book; they are both certified Cisco Systems instructors with KnowledgeNet and clearly know their stuff.
By the time you're acing all the topics in the flash card book (when preparing for CCDP, I went back over CCDA), you're ready to make an educated guess on anything that isn't obvious. There were still a few surprises in the exam but this book definitely helped me muddle through. I would assume the CCDP ARCH will be an easier nut to crack when Cisco Press releases an exam certification guide, currently slated for November 2004.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managerial Accounting: Creating Value in a Dynamic Business Environment w/Student Success CD-ROM, Net Tutor & Powerweb package
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Ronald W Hilton
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This book isnt worth the money.

The fourth edition of managerial accounting by Hilton focuses more on pretty text covers and graphics than creating understandable text. I found this book confusing at points and lacking in complex examples with answers. Examples are not any good without an explanation. I feel this book is too expensive and you can learn managerial accounting a lot less painlessly with other books on the market.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
30 minutes...take you into EJB world..

If u need to know about EJB here is the book. This book has good examples, very detail in explaining presistence,CTM, mapping, transaction. This is a Bible for people writing EJB.

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
Very well written and thorough

Juping Jin,
I haven't finished this book yet, I am on page 388 now, I will have to finish it in Jan 2001. But I will still rate it at least 4 star comparing to other JCP books. I love the academic style the authors have; it gives me very logical impression when I review previous contents. I finished "java tutorial" earlier, but this book provides much deeper and better material then Sun official textbook.
Also I appreciate you attitude on learning or studying, I am not sure about integer shifting you mentioned, but for your first issue, I believe the authors are right:
public class Test {
class Inner{ static int i = 0; } public static void main(String[] argv) { Test t = new Test(); }
========================= ...just like that, removing the "final" from your testing code, make member i "pure" static variable instead of using the special variable form---final ( I don't know why "final" can pass compile, I guess that is how it was designed.) , then you will get compile time error, the message will be :" Variable i can't be static in inner class Test. Inner. Only members of interfaces and top-level classes can be static."
I also have a number of question marks for the chapters I have read, I believe I was right and the authors may be NOT so right. But I don't think they do not understand Java!! They are still very good at least for me. Also you are very good too, may just a little too picky as a reader...
Let me know if I was wrong.
Good luck to you & Happy new year to all AMZN readers