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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Access 2003 Programming Weekend Crash Course
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Cary N. Prague, Jennifer Reardon, Lawrence S. Kasevich, Diana Reid, Phuc V. Phan
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
"Crash" on page 10

After downloading the CheckWriter DB from Wiley's companion site for the book Access 2003 Programming Weekend Crash Course, I try and try but it will not run; it cannot find the linked files; and the "tools" for reference and linking are greyed out. So we "Crash" on page 10. How can the author claim he is teaching us Professional Techniques when his program will not run out of the box?

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Training Guide
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Harwood, Drew Bird
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book with pointless software

I just finished taking the Network+ exam and scored an 860. This was the only book I used and it covered every question I was asked. That says a lot.
I took the A+ exam awhile back and found myself trying to answer a few questions that I know were not talked about in the books I had read. If your looking for a 1 stop source for your Network+ certification, I can easily recommend this.
As for the included software, it's pointless and designed to get you to shell out another 50 bux. It includes 72 questions for free and another 216 for 50 dollars, that's like a quarter per question. No thanks.
Just make sure you have read and understand the material in the book. Read over the final review and the glossary, and you will be all set.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Organization and Design Second Edition : The Hardware/Software Interface
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: David A. Patterson, John L. Hennessy
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
long-winded and repetitive

If you want to learn how computers work this is a great book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The missing manual from the Camel Book

Invaluable text that offers quick and varied solutions to the most common perl tasks. I like the variety of solutions; generally the first one they suggest is the one of the ideas you'll have had for solving the problem; then they refine it into most robust, idiomatic perl, which means you have the option of learning how the pros do it.
Oh, and the index is well laid out, which is absolutely essential in the must-finish-this-program-by-tonite sort of book that this is.