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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not bad at all

Despite the type-Os, this book is pretty good for anyone new to SQL, it's a good kind of get your foot in the door book. The chapters are short and to the point, that's the difference from this and other books, no long winded explanations and nothing to confusing, very brief.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CCNA Exam Exam 2 (Exam Cram 640-821, 640-811, 640-801), 1/e
Publisher: Que
Authors: James Jones, Sheldon Barry
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
For Two-Test Option Only!

I want to make a comment about the EXAM CRAM2 books for the CCNA tests. The book titled EXAM CRAM2 CCNA by James Jones and Sheldon Barry is the book for people who are taking the 821 and 811 tests. The book titled EXAM CRAM2 CCNA Practice Questions by Jeremy Cioara and Chris Ward is the book for people who are planning to take the 801 test.

Both books are good for their intended target audiences. EXAM CRAM2 books are relatively inexpensive, and they always provide good value for your dollar.

This review is of the EXAM CRAM2 CCNA book by James Jones and Sheldon Barry. The book has ten chapters. The first chapter is an overview of certification testing in general, and Cisco tests in particular. The next six chapters cover the Intro test (640-821), and the last three chapters cover the Interconnecting test (640-811). Then, there is a practice test (55 questions) for the 821 Intro test, followed by a 60-question practice test for the 811 Interconnecting test. Finally, there is a 55-question practice test for the 801 CCNA test. The correct answers, with explanations, are given for all questions.

If you are planning to take the 801 test, you probably shouldn't bother with the Jones and Barry book. You need to get the EXAM CRAM2 CCNA Practice Questions book by Jeremy Cioara and Chris Ward. Also, if you are planning to take the single-test option (640-801), you should get the CCNA: Fast Pass book by Todd Lammle, and also the CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide Fourth Edition which is also by Todd Lammle. The Lammle books are published by Sybex.

If you are planning to take the two-test option (821 and 811), then you should get the Jones and Barry book. Also, if you are going to take the two-test option, you should get the two Odom books and the two McQuerry books. The Odom and McQuerry books are all published by Cisco press.

Whether you are planning to take the one-test option (640-801) or the two-test option (640-821 and 640-811), I think the Flashcards book by Rivard and Doherty can be very helpful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2000: The Complete Reference
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Virginia Andersen
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
If you're looking for specific information, look elsewhere.

For someone who want to simply learn how to get around Access, this book just MIGHT be appropriate. Complete it is not, certainly for a would-be developer who's trying to work out specific problems. Perhaps the book should have been named "General Referend for Access 2000." That would at least lead the would-be reader in the right direction.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Foundation of C++ Book

If one belongs to the type of programmers, who always read the book of the founder, than one needs this book. It's comprehensive and technical high level. But I doubt that it is pedagogically ideal. In the 3.Ed. he removed the reference, which I miss. Instead he added the standard template library, which is a great tool. I would not recommend the book either as an introduction nor as a reference, but rather to get some deeper insight by explanations of the founder himself. Most founders are not the best users of their languages, but they live behind the scenes and can tell one the mechanics.