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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco(R) PIX (TM) Firewalls
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Richard Deal
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

Anyone interested in implementing a Cisco PIX Firewall should review this book first. Whether or not you decide to go with it, the information can help you decide one way or another. It discusses the current line of PIX firewalls (4th quarter of 2002). PIX firewalls aren't cheap and configuring them properly aren't for the timid. This book should help you assess whether or not your company would get one, but you'll need to take the classes to really know how to use it to its fullest.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
it hurts to look at this guide

I love FF7 so much. I beat the game once and I am running through the game a second time to explore all of the secrets, but this time I need the strategy guide, not the p.c. only version, because I hate looking at that one. When I have first seen the playstation only version of the strategy guide, it was so cool, that I could spends hours looking at it. Now, the p.c. version BLOWS. Those cheap pictures are all BLACK AND WHITE. The book is also smaller and is so dull that I would never like to look in it. This makes my really angry. The reason for that is because I was looking for the original FF7 strategy guide for the playstation at all of the stores all over town and they didnt have it AT ALL. DARN! All they had were the dull p.c. only guides which are cheap and really gets me angry!!!!!! Now the p.c. only version will only be the official FF7 strategy guide which will be available, and the wonderful playstation only version will never be sold anYMORE!!!! How could Brady Guides mess this one up?! I WANT THE ORIGINAL PLAYSTATION ONLY VERSION AVAILABLE AT STORES AGAIN, AND I DONT CARE IF THE P.C. VERSION IS MORE UPDATED!!!!!!! I am really depressed.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource to Help You Pass the PMP Exam

I choose this book in large part because of the very positive reviews that I read in this section. Well, I was not disappointed. I passed the PMP exam on my first try and the preparation I received from this study guide was EXCELLENT. The format was well thought out (including putting the Integration Management section at the end), the content was presented in a clear, simple and understandable manner. In fact, I gained a much clearer understanding of some of the more difficult knowledge areas in the PMBOK. The chapter review questions (and explanations) really helped and chapter 14, "How to Pass the PMP," was absolutely indispensable. You won't go wrong with this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Object Oriented Perl
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Damian Conway
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Kansas City Perl Mongers (KC.PM) Book Review

OOP is the definitive book on Object Oriented (OO) programming in Perl. It starts out with a very gentle 20 page primer on essential OO concepts, and follows on with a 50 page Perl refresher chapter. The best hardboiled synopsis of essential Perl concepts which this reader has yet read. This is one of those rare books which will thoroughly teach beginners, and yet continue to hold rapt, surprise, and inform more advanced readers as well.
The book is a well paced introduction to OO, illustrating and implementing the core concepts of OO in the context of Perl. While the earliest chapters serve as building blocks to those that follow, the later chapters need not be read front to back, but rather as the topic appeals to the reader.
Topics covered include: inheritance, polymorphism, ties, operator overloading, encapsulation, genericity, multiple dispatch, and persistent objects. Each topic is introduced along with code which highlights how each technique helps to solve common real world problems. As various tips, tricks, and pitfalls are covered, the reader will often find themselves revisiting and evolving improved solutions to familiar problems.
A lot of languages implement a particular flavor of OO. And indeed, OOP shows a variety of the techniques and flavors of OO and how they may be implemented in Perl. -Explaining when and where each may best be used, and trade-offs involved. As a result, the reader comes away from the book with a greater understanding of OO, and not just a single style embraced by a particular language.
Conway and Schwartz are well-known and respected throughout the Perl community. Their writing is clever, humorous, and while information dense... surprisingly easy to follow. There is a sense of grace and continuity to their writing which made this book a real pleasure to read.