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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This book and the author is over-rated


ALL
I have taken the CISSP certification (ACED IT!) and I have read 5 CISSP books. Among all, this book was very thorough and detailed. But, it was extremely misleading and had too much information which were not needed for the exam. If you are planning to take the exam, please BUY the Official ISC2 book. It is OFFICIAL, straight to the point, and written by an instructor who wants you to pass and learn the real deal...
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Jakarta Struts, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Cavaness
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Awesome book on Struts!


I read the draft chapters of this book and found the coverage to be excellent and the author's style to be very good. The material that was posted to theserverside.com was so helpful and shows that the author is comfortable with his ability to write and teach the topic of Struts.
Reason why this is must have: - Covers Struts 1.1 - Covers advanced topics - The exception handling and logging chapters alone are worth the $$$ - Covers how to use Struts with EJB - Is well written - I have found no errors so far - Published by O'Reilly (need I say more?) - Source code for the storefront and banking apps is available
I also purchased the book by Manning and like it, although I prefer the O'Reilly book a little more. The direction of each book is slightly different and actually complement each other very well.
O'Reilly and the author should should for commended on allowing the chapters to be reviewed before the book is available. That takes guts and confidence. My hats off to both.
Excellent book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very easy basic book on C


Just finished the book and have to agree with the other reviewers. It is a great first book on C to read. It goes over all of the basics without overwhelming you. I am now ready to tackle a more indepth book with the basics I have learned.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PC Hardware in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman Thompson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
More common sense than a Thomas Paine anthology


Short review: it's O'Reilly, buy it.
Longer review: this is a fantastic book. It is concise, current, inexpensive (how often do these words apply to computer books?), enjoyable to read, and, above all, USEFUL. The authors mingle sound advice and dry humor with a casual writing style, keeping the reader engaged and entertained as s/he absorbs the most (by nature) boring technical details. Technicians who charge by the hour should buy this book immediately... it will pay for itself in a week or two.
That said, this book is NOT "the only book you'll ever need". Though I agree with most of the authors' opinions, honest debate is always a good thing (for example, they write that, as of June 2000, Socket 7 is obsolete. I think now is the time to buy, as several of my clients are budget-conscious and still essentially happy with their 486s). Additionally, this book needs a chapter on modems, and more second-tier reviews would be nice, but I suppose that's what the website is for.
Bottom line: get yourself a big thick "phone book" on PC repair (Bigelow and Mueller come to mind) and this book and you'll be equipped for most any upgrade or buying decision that comes your way. But without a strong technical background or a huge reference work nearby, don't open the case.