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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones, Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Understanding types of questions gives you a big advantage

This book clearly explained the psychology behind the different types of questions. That gave me a clear time advantage in answering questions on the exam. On many questions which I didn't know the answer right away, I was able to figure it out by identifying the pattern that PMP Cert For Dummies identified. They go in much more depth than Rita's book, which I found very superficial. Explaining the question pattern was enough to make the difference for me in passing the exam.
Get this book just for that reason!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Data Structures and Algorithm Analysis in C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Mark Allen Weiss
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Poorly Written, No Answers to Exercises, Avoid purchase.

Another drab computer science book written by someone who likes to complicate the obvious and oversimplify the complicated.
It is obviously geared toward dry mathematical types, and if you're one of those it might possibly be partially stimulating. The mathematical notation is unfortunately quite poor, many letters (which seem to represent constants and sometimes variables?) are ambiguously defined. Not to mention how half assed the "proofs" are. My linear algebra and differential equations teacher would roll over in her proverbial grave.

The code examples are halfway decent, however using one letter variable names is something a beginner quickly learns to stop doing. Why does this guy do it?
The one thing that I like is his use of line up curley braces.
Requiring readers to visit some website to obtain portions of missing code defeats the purpose of writing a book.
Why don't I just read a bunch of webpages instead of buying this flavorless thing. Code "snipits" are another big mistake, they're only understood if their context is explained well, which this shabby author cannot do. He seems to assume we have some clairvoyant abilities. A hint of color might at least keep me awake, but I guess that would have required putting some thought into the book's layout.

The hash table chapter is a wonderful example of how this author is a detached weirdo who can't put himself in the place of his readers. Saying "in the above example" in reference to an example that was FOUR pages ago is thoroughly idiotic and unnecessarily confusing. Several "examples" appeared after the one he referred to. Naming the page number would only take a few more letters i.e. "in the above example(p.54)"
And saying "using the same hash function" after showing us 3 different hash functions has the same perplexing effect. How about "again using h(x) = x%10," it would use less ink and make more sense.

The true reason I hate this book though, is that its exercises have no answers, not even to the odd questions or just some selected questions. Nothing.
Thus, the exercises are completely useless.
In order to prepare for my exam I've had to check out other books because this one doesn't cut it. I even found a much older edition of this book and by its similarity it's clear he's just recycling it for financial gain. Again Exercises and no solutions. How do I know if I'm doing them correctly?! As with physical exercise, exerting yourself the wrong way can be quite detrimental!
This author needs to take a communication 101 class or read some of Deitel & Deitel's books. Avoid purchasing this book unless you have to!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Practical Guide to Solaris
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mark G. Sobell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent text book

This book is an excellent text book. I recommend it to anybody as a good starting place. When we get new empoyees without any Unix experience this is the book I recommend. The layout is perfect for sitting down and learning step by step with the included lessons.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Flash MX 2004 Savvy(tm)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Ethan Watrall, Sybex
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Am I reading the same book?

That's what I had to ask myself after reading all the great reviews here and then reading the book. The book seems to be a series of short examples of all the features of the program without getting into the real nuts and bolts. If you want a printout of the help menu, then this book is for you. If you are looking for some help with actually pulling an application or site together, keep looking.