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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Material for PMP:

'PMP Exam Prep' is the best way to prepare for the PMP exam. She explains a lot of concepts that are not written in the PMBOK guide. A must read for any PMP aspirant.
-PK.Ganapathy, PMP

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Step-By- Step.
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Wouldn't recommend this book

This book covers databases in a very perfunctory manner and doesn't seem to mention the packaging and deployment wizard. I was not very impressed with it at all. I shall add books with the word 'step' on the cover to my list of books to avoid (along with any book with 'Days' in the title).

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Classical Electrodynamics
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John David Jackson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
It's not QUITE that bad...

Yes, it is very mathematically demanding. Yes, some of the discussions (particularly towards the ends of chapters) are thoroughly inpenetrable. And yes, each chapter features a few problems of the type "Show that (horrendous expression)=(even worse expression)=(multi-line, triple sum of modified Bessel functions expression)." But with a serious effort you'll make it through the first 3/4 of every chapter and >half the problems; the remaining parts are usually specialized topics anyway. The hardest part of studying this text is simply the large amount of time you need to invest; it doesn't read like Griffiths' book. And what did you expect, E&M to be easy?
To those of you who truly hate this book (and judging by the reviews, there's a fair number of you), you might try the following substitutes/supplements: 1) Landau's Classical Theory of Fields: covers E&M in vacuo, with special relativity present from the beginning. Worked problems, E&M section is ~200 pages. 2) Mathews and Walker, Mathematical Methods- useful for special functions (Jackson's Chap. 3 presentation is somewhat brief). 3) Landau's Electrodynamics of Continuous Media- covers E&M in matter. I haven't used this one (yet), but people seem to love it. Again, worked problems. (Of course, find them in the library first!)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Mastering Windows 2000 Server
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brian M. Smith, Doug Toombs, Mark Minasi
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Condescending Sarcasm in this book

A recent letter that I wrote to Mr. Minasi should sum up what I have to say :
Dear Mr. Minasi,
To quote from your lastest book Mastering Windows 2000 Servers " on page 38 first paragraph.
"But regular old users can't do things like resetting passwords and running backups - you need at least some administrative powers to do those things. Recall that we'd like to hire this 'network scut-work' person or persons at a petty low hourly rate, and that's troublesome from a security point of view. If he can leave this job and go off to one with the same pay level but whose main challenge is in remembering to say 'Would you like fries with that, sir?', then it might not be the brightest idea to give him a full administrative control over the network."
I did not think that such an attitude was neccessary. If this was written for humors sake let me be the one to tell you that it was far from reaching it's intent. People deserve respect no matter who they are. And with all due respect Mr. Minasi I think you need some lessons on manners.
I will be returning your book this afternoon.
Nancy Chiu