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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 220-221, Exam Cram 220-222)
Publisher: Que
Authors: James G. Jones, Craig Landes
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
From the Authors

This Exam Cram2 series completely replaces all previous versions of the "A+ Exam Cram," and introduces our new partnership with Que Publishing. This 3rd revision is updated to reflect information about current and future technology, even though the existing CompTIA exam tests only up through Windows 2000. We've expanded our coverage of various topics, based on reader feedback over the years, adding in more illustrations and supplemental explanations of some topics. Additionally, this book includes a discount coupon for the exam, along with an excellent interactive CD-ROM in the back providing more sample tests and e-book format of the book. As with all Exam Cram2 books, this one also includes a tearaway "cram sheet" of the most difficult facts to remember, to take with you to the exam (although you can't bring it into the exam room). Keep in mind that this book is a final cram before you take the exam. It's designed to supplement an in-depth knowledge of PCs and the DOS/Windows and W2K/XP/NT operating systems as you move towards A+ certification. If you're already an IT professional, this is an organized review of the field of PCs. If you're just getting started, this is a great book for you to gather all the facts you'll need in order to pass the exam. - Craig & Jim

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Database Design for Mere Mortals: A Hands-On Guide to Relational Database Design, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michael J. Hernandez
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great, But Naming Conventions Missing

Don't volunteer to design a database until you've read this book! It provides a firm foundation on the theory behind database design, for mere mortals such as myself. ONE WARNING: This book did not cover naming conventions in any detail. The author does provide some "content defining" guidelines, such as make the name relevant to the organization, etc., but information about consistent use of prefixes to identify tables/forms/macros, etc., aren't covered. Even an appendix would help! I'm using the L/R Naming Standard, I'm sure there's others.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PHP and MySQL for Dynamic Web Sites: Visual QuickPro Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Larry Ullman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent investment

I have been out from the html league for quite some time and I needed to catch up with the new kids on the block. PHP, I didn't know a thing about it or how to implement with html. A friend of mine, as a hobby he started to use php and he told me it was easy to use. I wasn't sure to how to use it until I bought this excellent book. It explains it like if you were on class. Easy examples that every programmer should do as practice and change a few things to get the full experience. Every exercise will be a prerequisite to do the next one. I have fun and learn. As an extra, you can learn mySQL and essential tool to put php together.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-284): Implementing and Managing Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ian McLean, Will Willis, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
After all these reviews I'm glad that I bought this book

When I first read these reviews I hesitated even to put this book into my cart. But this is just as good as the majority of the MS Press books.
I mean what are these people talking about? No diagrams? Pratices (which can be found almost in every lesson) are FULL of diagrams.
Typos? The only typo I found was ELHO, which is supposed to be EHLO (you know, the ESMTP command) but if you can't figure that out you're probably too stupid to be a sysadmin. (No offense! :D)
No page numbers? Huh? Has the guy who wrote that review even looked at the book? I seriously doubt.

By the way I passed the exam for the first time and I gave myself a week to prepare. It's not difficult at all.