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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
needed bit level understanding


Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment is one of the best programming books that I have read. Chapters 7 and 8 are outstanding. The book would be worth it just for either of those chapters alone. Surprisingly enough, though, the section which I have referred to the most is 6.9, which discusses date and time routines in C/UNIX; 6.9 is a critical reference on date-time issues. This is truly one of those rare books that you could read multiple times, and it would be worth the time and effort to do so. A good reader will often want to quarrel or wrestle with the observations of a writer; that is not true with this book. With Stevens as the writer, you as the reader will KNOW that he clearly has a complete, total, and utter mastery of this subject; and you, as the reader, will feel compelled to simply learn everything you can that this man has to say about UNIX and C. I highly recommend this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book was killer!!!


It tells you every thing about the game including all the secrets and subplots. The weapons and materia list is complete with a few excepts. However it tells a little to much. Buy it AFTER you beat the game then play the game OVER with the guide.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop 7.0 Classroom in a Book
Publisher: Adobe Press
Authors: Adobe Creative Team
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Adobe Photoshop 7 in a book


There are a long list of these "classrooms in a book" things. I don't think this is the best source for Photoshop 7, but it was required by a class I took. I really think the best book of this nature is The Photoshop Bible (did 7 come out yet?). I think their examples of what they have you work through are more practical AND thorough. They are also just more complete in general.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Certification Library (CCNA Self-Study, exam #640-801)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is best study guide for aspiring CCNAs!


This book is best off the shelf study guide for preparing to pass the CCNA exams. The CCIE author is very knowledgeable and thorough. This book also includes a CCNA exam discount voucher and network simulator software. I'm impressed by the list of technical reviewers who are all CCIE certified.
What I found helpful within this book is the information presented in an easy to read, digestible format. Nothing is more frustrating than spending hours wading through printed or online documentation attempting to locate the answer to the simplest of questions! This book offers very useful "Do I Know This Already Quizzes" at the beginning of each chapter. Each chapter also includes questions and answers for reinforcement--there are two CDs with more practice questions, and Boson's NetSim LE network simulator software allowing you to practice for the simulator-based questions on the real exams! Most of the time, the author's words are clear and concise--the book's layout is comprehensive and flows from cover to cover.
This certification library is split into to two books. This allows you to study for the single 640-821 or 640-811 exam in a digestible format. You can also use both books in combination to prepare to pass the single CCNA exam 640-801. The author's technical background and knowledge are impressive. He must have had a difficult time working within the constraints of 1200 pages. It's also very impressive that the publisher was able to find three other CCIEs to participate in the technical review of this book. Could there possibly be any more technically correct book on the shelf?
I was only able to locate a few small technical inaccuracies in this book. I have never found a technical book without errors! The few errors I found were in defined acronyms and may have been a result of the book's copy edit process. Refreshingly, this book focuses not only on preparing you to pass the CCNA exams but really helps you to understand the technology involved! This book's author and technical reviewers have years of real world experience, and are probably more concerned with the reader's ability to understand the material more than anything else.
For the self-study candidate on a limited budget, who really wants to understand what's required to be a successful CCNA, this book offers a well readable format. When you want to prepare to pass the new CCNA exams, this book, practice questions, and Boson network simulator are a must have!