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Product: Book - CD-ROM
Title: CCNA Virtual Lab, Platinum Edition (640-801)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle, William Tedder
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

I paid 120 dollars for a product that looks very pretty. But when I install it and try to use all the features, it asks me to upgrade! I use other ccna products and they offer more features for around the same price and don't charge for UPGRADES! Customer Support was not too helpful because they do not offer refunds...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Compilers
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Alfred V. Aho, Ravi Sethi, Jeffrey D. Ullman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Trivial, non-constructive, hard-to-follow, terrible

What can you say about a book that has 41+ reviews, and all with close to perfect marks? I bought this book not as it required so by almost any and all classes that teach about compiler design, but because I was interested in compilers and didn't have a chance to take class as part of my degree. It's a great book. Explains things well, and there are enough supporting material on the web that you can do a self paste study on your own and still get a lot out of this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a book for true beginners

I found the book to be a great reference and teaching tool. The author's style is direct and to the point with some humor to lighten things up. This is unlike some other books that have heavy use humor to fill pages and pages of nonsense. The book provides info on all tags, code writing styles, organization, and image coloring and optimization and some other extra items.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Pattern-Oriented Software Architecture, Volume 2, Patterns for Concurrent and Networked Objects
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Douglas Schmidt, Michael Stal, Hans Rohnert, Frank Buschmann
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a must have book

This is an excellent book on patterns and software design. The patterns are described clearly and completely. The need for the pattern and the design problem that the pattern solves is clearly described, with copious references to other important patterns and reference material. The result is not divorced into abstraction, but made real by example code (mostly C++) and discussions of real world problems and scenarios. A superlative exposition of the theory and its practical use.