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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Thank you Sir, teacher of all teachers in pen Mr. Todd

Even my grand mother from the remote bush of Africa could have read this book and pass her ccna exams. Only if she had had the chance to grab hold of this book before she passed on.
Jesus!! I never new IP subnetting was that easy.Oh!! the CLI(command line interface) did i say command or cash line interface? Well I now know it.
In fact as a newbies all the way from the Jungle with no IT background. This book was just too good for me, all the others almost scared me of from CCNA.
This book reads easy, explained clearly what u needs to no, concepts are well detailed out in an understandable manner.
In fact this book for me is a six stars not only for preparing for the CCNA Exams but also for just given people like us who knows nothing about the theory and concept of networking the opportunity to read and understand what it is all about. How it works, and how to use and apply it in pratical situation.
I definitely will recommend it to any one who is just starting with CCNA or networking for that matter so also to those who wishes to refresh there memory.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Koenig, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not very well written

This book would be great for a class room, but does not work so good if you are trying to learn on your own unless you have a good reference book. When ever the author brings up new OOP logic, or teaches new C++ library functions he does a poor job explaining them, instead he tells you in what page he will go over the topic in more detail, that makes the book a little hard to read since he tends to do that 2-3 times per page.
I would recommend this book only for programmers with previous C/C++ experience, or advanced programers with some prior OOP experience.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Basic XML

The best way to teach a beginner (myself) how to write code is to consistently illustrate the code with examples that can be modified and used in various circumstances. As she has stated in the introduction of the book, this is not an advanced book on XLM for developers but a project manager's book to understand the language of the developers when they are talking and even understand the code being developed. This book follows the same type of verbiage and examples from her previous book, HTML 4, so the transition from very easy. This book delves into the basics of XLM, DTD, Schema, XLST, Cascading Style Sheets and some more topics for the reader to discover. The price of the book is affordable for anyone trying to step into the new World of XML. Have fun coding.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
You won't pass the Dos/Win

This book started out on a great premise of concise information needed to pass. The only problem is, there are many mistakes in this book! I found myself referencing 3-4 other books on questionable info and deciding in each case that the other 3-4 books must be right. For instance, the book refers to IDE as meaning "Intelligent drive electronics" when every other book (and one page of this book) define IDE as "Integrated Drive Electronics". PCMCIA is defined in this book as "Personal Computer Memory Card Interface Adapter". Every other book I've read says it is an abbreviation for "Personal Computer Memory Card Industry Association". Not that big of a deal unless they are test questions! There were errors in some of the included CD test questions as well. I also had a hard time feeling comfortable with the fact that one half of the test is Dos/Windows and this book concludes hardware and then throw in 37 pages on the Dos/Windows world. A little bit of error can really cause you to doubt your knowledge about the whole thing, because you can't remember if information came from here or another more reliable source. My recommendation: Get the New Riders book, "A+ Fast Track". It's brief, in-depth, and ACCURATE! Summing up A+ Certification for Dummies - GREAT CONCEPT FOR THIS BOOK, BUT LIKE SOFTWARE, WAIT UNTIL A LESS BUGGY VERSION COMES OUT.