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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing with Web Standards
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeffrey Zeldman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
torn between reading and practising?

This second little gem from Mr Zeldman, has helped push my understanding of CSS even further, as a result yet another redesign of my site ...the first half of the book is best read if you are wondering about issues such as CSS and XHTML, and why or how to use them. The second half has nifty little examples of a real site to download and practice on. I as yet have to finish the book, I am too busy tinkering with the sites I make!
One of my favourite reasons for reading Mr Zeldman is his writing style, easy to read and a bit of a giggle along the way, this book is no exception again.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
DHTML and Much, Much More!

If you're looking for a beginner's guide to HTML, JavaScript or CSS, this is NOT the book for you. It's not a tutorial, or a "how to" book.
If, on the other hand, you're a journeyman web developer, this is *the* reference for client-side technologies. It covers HTML (through HTML 4), JavaScript (through IE & NS 4), the Document Object Model (DOM Level 1) and CSS (including CSS-P and CSS2) in exhaustive detail, with syntax, usage, DOM references, and browser/platform support notes for every tag, attribute, property and function, all in one book.
My only complaints are:
A) the layout is dense, so it takes a little time to learn how to make full use of it;
B) there are a few minor editorial errors in this edition;
C) it's a 1998 edition, so it doesn't specifically cover IE5 or Netscape 6.
All in all, a remarkable reference work. I use it literally every day. I just hope my current copy doesn't fall apart until the 2nd edition is available!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay(TM) Strategies : 10 Proven Methods to Maximize Your eBay Business
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Scot Wingo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An enlightenment into the grey world....

What an outstanding book. Just in time for many of us. From cover to cover, the proven strategies to make your eBay Business one of the best!
This book By Scot Wingo, Of ChannelAdvisor will help you maximize every aspect of your online business. From costs to profit, to sourcing, this book is an enlightening experience.

eBay Strategies, is for the experienced, or newbie seller alike. Top-Notch advise, from the expert. This book is for eBay sellers, and anyone in the e-commerce arena.

"Sell more with less effort"

Thumbs up Scot!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not up to CCIE standard

Sorry Cisco I love your stuff but this book falls well below the standard I would expect from one of your publications. I'm a CCIE I passed my lab Jan 2001 and took my recertification 2 years ago in IP routing. My job has changed a little since then and I no longer have as much routing exposure as I used too I'm now all LAN at a large datacenter and some OSPF. Anyway I got this book to help me with my second recert, I wanted a quick read it once and pass it guide. Well with the CCIE its just not possible, sorry but its simply not that type of certification not even the written you need to know this stuff DEEP, no shortcuts IMHO.

This book promises a lot but simply does not live up to it, as a CCIE I used this book to take my recert and failed. So I hit the real books, the one's that got me through the exam and lab 6 years ago, TCP/IP Volume 1 and now Volume 2 by Jeff Doyle, Lan switching for CCIE's, and Internet routing architectures from Halibi (BGP is also covered in the Doyle V2 book now), and passed the written exam with a 93%. I would also add a Cisco specific QoS book to the reading list as well for the 350-001 exam as there was a lot of QoS in the exam and Doyle does not cover it.

The titles above brought a lot stuff flooding back to me, stuff I forgot and stuff that the certification guides like this one were not able to restore from my memory.

Believe me there are no shortcuts to getting this I should know it cost me over $300 for the exam and 160 bucks on 2 certification books to find that out, oh yeah this also applies to the flash card book for the CCIE written also available from Cisco.

Positives are that the book does have a good general coverage of the subjects for day to day referance but no where near deep enougth and links to websites with the rest of the info you need but with this book and the flashcard book alone your not going to pass this the written exam. Its way to deep an exam for that save your money and get the Doyle books.