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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Out of Date


This was the first A+ book I bought. I read it several times...learned it by heart. Then I took a few of the commerical practice tests included on the CD-ROM and realized I knew very little. With a week before my test I bought a second book and read it. Between the two books I passed the test and I'm certified. This book was a great book to start out with but I recommend getting a second once you're done with this one. The book does focus a lot of test taking skills which is very valuable. Buy this book plus another and you'll get your A+ Certification. Good luck. I recommend the A+ book from Osborne publishing as an addition to this, but don't skip right into the Osborne book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Certified Developer Study Guide
Publisher: Macromedia Press
Authors: Matt Voerman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Refresher


If you're looking to learn Flash then this book is NOT for you.

As the book description says "this STUDY GUIDE offers comprehensive coverage of the features of Flash" - and this is exactly what it delivers.

Does it give you the answers to the exam questions - of course not. And if you think that by reading this book and doing the online quiz's you'll pick up some of the actual answers in the exam then you're only kidding yourself.

Sure there are a few typo's but they hardly detract from the main point of the book i.e. to ensure that as a Flash developer you have all the "broad" bases covered in preparation for the certification exam.

As one of the earlier reviewers mentioned. This book does have both AS1.0 and AS2.0 examples which makes sense as AS2.0 was introduced with Flash MX 2004. I actually found this helpful in making comparisons between the two languages.

I took (and passed) the exam and whilst I have been using Flash for a few years, I certainly didn't buy this book expecting to learn anything new. If I wanted to learn something new I would have bought one of the other great Flash reference books out there. I bought this book to make sure that I had "some" degree of knowledge about what "might" be in the exam and have all my bases covered. It did exactly that !

Great light-weight refresher for some of my weaker points - 5 stars!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Wireless Communications & Networks
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A concise introductory textbook


If there is one word by which I would have to describe this book, it would be: "complete". The author assumes that the reader has nothing but very basic mathematic and scientific training and takes him all the way from first principles in those disciplines to the details of cellular networks, wireless LANs and Bluetooth to mention three of the latter chapters. The ample usage of illustrations, review questions and www-references position this as a high-quality textbook.
Then again, if you are an experienced engineer, looking to solve a concrete problem for the wireless system you are presently sitting in front of, you will find that Stallings' book, because of its breadth of treatment, does not reach the necessary depth. In that case: read one of the many references for further study that the author offers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint: Building Office 2003 Solutions
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Scot P. Hillier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not your traditional computer book


I bought Scot's book hot off the presses, since it's the first major SharePoint 2003 book. When I got it, I breezed through it, and I'll be honest - I was unimpressed.
Well, I had reason to browse through it again, and this time I just sat down and started reading it. That's when I realized - certain book publishers that use multiple authors had taught me not to bother reading computer books through, as they were so disjointed they worked better as technical manuals. So that's what I'm used to - being able to flip a few pages and find the thing I'm looking for.
Scot's book is different. It harkens back to a day where you could actually read through a book and learn a new technology in a structured manner. If you take the time to read the book from start to finish (it doesn't take long - if you skim the tutorials you can probably get through most of it in a single evening) it's a good thorough introduction to SharePoint. And I mean thorough - there are tutorials on building web parts, working with page templates, creating data views in FrontPage, integrating Windows Single Signon...
(Incidentally, I'm not trying to cast aspersion on one method of publishing over another - I'm simply trying to indicate the different "reading philosophies" each may require)
He also has a nice walkthrough for creating a new portal from the ground up - laying out areas, sites, as well as explaining users and groups.
All in all, I give this book a healthy thumb's up for anyone who wants to learn SharePoint admin and development - for the first book out of the gate, it's an excellent reference to have.
Philo