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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-320): Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Visual C# .NET and the .NET Framework
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani, Priti Kalani
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent but additional reading required


This is the only book that I studied for 70-320 exam. I passed the test with an excellent score. It is very well written from exam point of view. However, I would suggest test takers to do additional reading in MSDN areas that appeared in the exam and were not sufficiently explored in the book. To name a few: - Generating DataSet Relational Structure from XML Schema - Soap Exception Handling - Securing XML Web Services using ASP.NET - Securing Serviced Components and Remote Objects I am not saying that the book isn't good. The author has done an excellent job in covering the vast scope of this exam. As one of the reviewers pointed out that it is impossible to cover everything. If you practice all examples in this book and read above mentioned topics in MSDN, you are pretty much sure to pass the exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Coder to Developer: Tools and Strategies for Delivering Your Software
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mike Gunderloy, Sybex
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good foundations, too technology-specific for me


When I picked up this book, I was expecting something along the lines of _The Pragmatic Programmer_ -- basic, broadly-applicable advice on designing and building better software. This book does have some of that. The advice is sound, and I picked up a couple of tips as I read. But I didn't realize that this is really a Windows .NET book, not a general software development book. The title didn't tip me off, and neither did the description on the back cover.
As someone who doesn't develop .NET software (nor even Windows software at the moment), I found myself skimming or completely skipping large portions of the book that described .NET- and Windows-specific tools. The further I got along in the book, the more I found myself reading only the general overview sections to get an idea of what Mr. Gunderloy was trying to say, and then skipping the specifics. A lot of the ideas and advice in this book are basic, so they may appeal more to beginning programmers than to experienced developers. However, the information is good, and it provides a helpful foundation for good development habits.
If you're a beginning .NET programmer, I think this would be a great book to read. If you're a beginning Mac, Unix or other non-Windows/.NET programmer, you'll probably pick up some good tips, but there are likely better books out there for you. If you're an experienced .NET programmer, you'll probably have a good background in most of the material, but the overviews of available tools might be helpful. If you're an experienced non-Windows/.NET programmer, I would not recommend this book -- the general ideas are fairly basic, and the specific advice will probably not be terribly applicable to your work.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A book you must have to pass the exam in the shortest time


I studied the book and passed the SCJP on 11/10 (86%). I found this book is the best to server the exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX: The Missing Manual
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David McFarland
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This book does the best it can with a bug ridden product


If you have to use Dreamweaver MX, this book will help you.
Dreamweaver MX itself is a buggy mess that will create more work for developers who use it than it saves. None of its highly touted features such as browser compatability checking, WYSIWIG, and publishing work very well. Not to mention all the hangs/crashes. PHP and Database support got done just enough to trick people into trying it, then you are stuck unless you toss your site out and start over.