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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective TCP/IP Programming: 44 Tips to Improve Your Network Programs
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon C. Snader
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Help!

I have just completed a major corporate network programming application. Now I am trying to iron out those network problems you only get when large volumes of REAL data start coming through your application.
This book has helped me solve all problems so far. It has also allowed me to make my applications more error tolerant and robust, particularly when erroneous data is allowed through to my apps.
I NOW have some really great tools in my network programming armory thanks to this book. It has also removed any uncertanties in my mind about TCP/IP. Great book, get it, read it, apply it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The A+ Certification and PC Repair Handbook (Networking Series)
Publisher: Charles River Media
Authors: Christopher A. Crayton, Joel Z. Rosenthal, Kevin J. Irwin, Kevin Irwin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good reference for half your A+.

After reading the two excellent reviews for this book, I purchased it to ensure I was ready for the two required A+ tests. That and it was one of the few books at the time which covered the new 220-301 & 302 exam objectives. The only reason I am writing this review is to ensure other A+ certification seekers out there that this book will not be a great deal of help with the OS/220-302 test. $290 is not cheap for an entry level certification and I would hope that anyone prepping for these tests only has to take each test once. On a good note, this book would be a decent PC Hardware Repair Handbook.

The reason it received 3 stars from me was for its weak OS coverage, which is half the certification. When I received the book from Amazon.com, I noticed how short the OS section was compared to the Hardware/Core section. Even the basics of 9x, NT, 2k, and XP cannot be covered in a few short sections like it was done in this book.

I did manage to pass the tests regardless, but my hands on experience and MCSE certification got me through the OS test.

Good luck to all of you!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Brand Gap: How to Bridge the Distance Between Business Strategy and Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Marty Neumeier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'll join the club! Wonderful 5-star book!

I came upon The Brand Gap in a hurry through Atlanta Hartsfield on the way to catch a plane to Houston.
I read the entire book on that flight. Virtually every point and approach are applicable to my company (a leading publisher). Most of them will wind up in how we go about branding from now on.
Not since Theodore Levitt's Marketing Imagination turned my head completely around (1983) about what marketing is and does, have I encountered such a clear exposition of what is happening and what to do about it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is a total help

I purchased this book to keep on my desk now that we are moving to Windows Server 2003. Awesome - not just as a reference, but as an initial read. My advice, this book is a one time read, a lifetime reference - or until Windows Server 2006 comes out. Stanek Rocks.