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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Telecom Management Crash Course : A Telecom Company Survival Guide (Crash Course)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional
Authors: P. J. Louis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Timely & on target

Mr. Louis has provided a "must have" resource for survival of telecoms. While HRA departments have become somewhat of a profit center with downsizing, the Telecom Management Course book offers an insight that may allow the slowdown of both the cause and effect. Focusing on the TEAM aspect and fundamentals of all Telecom sectors helps one to understand the interaction required to maintain profitability in any environment. Mr. Louis is on target with topic and timely once again.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great clarity on Java - from the "ground up"

I've been "in the trenches" going from COBOL to Java during the past few months, and I've finally found the book that I should have started with in the first place. I began with the Core Java Fundamentals book (Horstman - Cornell) and wasted a lot of time. The Core Java book spends an inordinate amount of effort trying to relate everything to C++ and VB programmers, and it IS supposed to be a beginners book. The Complete Reference is chock full of great code examples which are used as building blocks to some of the more difficult concepts, such as inner classes or inheritance. I'm getting ready to take the Java exam now and am using this book as my predominate study guide.
As was noted by an earlier reviewer, I also had part of the binding come apart within about three days after purchasing the book. I'll return it and get a new copy. BTW, the O'Reilly Java in a Nutshell book works great as a quick reference.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A pretty useful book.

This book is generalized, but in a good way (for once). Instead of a lot of fluff and only touching a little bit on various software and how to do the most basic stripped down installs of things that have little to do with Unix, other than it can "run" on a Unix system, it actually covers a lot of ground. It covers a lot of topics and aspects, like it should be expected. There's parts that could be improved and it's biased towards some platforms over others, but for general knowledge and insight, it can offer a lot.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers
Publisher: Cadcim Technologies
Authors: Sham Tickoo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Text

I do not think that Professor Sham Tickoo is writing his own books, but I do think that he is writing his own reviews. I think that he has hired a group of inept people to write his books............
I found various command, menu errors alone with spelling errors and VERY bad grammar, "even for an Engineer". In his book, he tells the reader that you will be learning Autodesk Inventor. Give me a break. This is NOT a five star book.