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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: RADIUS
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Hassell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good to start with a Radius


Clear documentation on Radius env but you must read another document, most on freeradius, to build a real solutions.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
An Essential Reference for Anyone New to VB.net


I am an experienced MS DOS visual basic programmer. I bought VB.Net and was really out to sea. The Interface was fine but I had no idea how to structure the code. This book got me up and running in minutes. It saved me countless hours searching the on-line help that comes with VB.Net. It will get you printing (far from an easy task), accessing files and building modules quickly. The only negative I have is that the book covers some super basic concepts, and jumps into some really complex subjects by the end, so I would say it lacks focus: not really for beginners and not really for experts. On the other hand...there is something for everyone. You WILL need one other book: the language reference by the same publisher. I am GLAD I bought this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MP - Systems Analysis & Design w/Proj Cases CD
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Jeffrey L Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley, Kevin Dittman, Jeffrey Whitten, Lonnie Bentley, Kevin Dittman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great Introduction to SDLC


(based on 4th edition, 692pp) If you've never studied the fundamental concepts of SDLC, this book will teach you standards when using CASE tools/Project Management software, how to create your first Requirements Statement and how to facilitate between Users, Owners, Vendors, Steering Committees, Programmers, Network Admins, Interface Designers, DB Admins and misc Managers.
Examples of Gane & Sarson (the book's standard), DeMarco/Yourdon and SSADM/IDEF0 shapes and diagramming methods are used for diagramming Data, Processes, Networks and Objects. The redudancy of the text prevented me from madly flipping back and forth to try and keep everything in memory - THANK YOU! It's like having a pre-hyperlink referal manual.
While SAaDM 4th ed. also thoroughly delves into the core theory & logic of Database/Process/Network modeling, Object Modeling, Input/Output/Interface Prototyping and Project Management, it is not a replacement for experience. Consider it a comprenhensive, illustrated encyclopedia or HOWTO that builds off of the project's Objectives/Constraints by cross referencing the technology behind Data, Process, Interface and Geography with human Owners, Users, Designers and Builders. Each cell of that cross reference has requirements, methods, an outcome & a deliverable which compiles to a standardized, template-based Requirements Statement that you would be proud to submit to the boss.
The downfalls: A) It can't cover the remaining SDLC phases (part 3: Implementation & Support is covered in about 35 pages), but the title already tells us that.B) Many of the methods use very similar terms and templates, (e.g. the difference between a Data Flow Diagram & a Data Model, or the reason we have a Decomposition Diagram AND a Context Diagram). With experience, every part of this book reveals neccessity, but a first-time reader would benefit from sidebars like "Why Decomp Diags differ from Context Diags" or "Common mistakes of translating an Entity Relationship Diagram into a Data Flow Diagram".
Finally, 140 pages of the book reveal essential Organizational Behavior habits that every System Architect should learn: Project & Process Management Techniques, Fact-finding, Feasibility & Cost Analysis, Joint Application Development and Interpersonal Skills.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only guide any eBay user needs!


eBay for Dummies is what really got me hooked on the company. I have had the privilege of buying from and selling to many people I don't even know so I can enhance my coin/sports/whatever collection or just make a few extra bucks. Marsha Collier writes this book with everything you need to know about being an eBay loyalist without the technical jargon. I'll be able to enhance my buying and selling skills as time goes by, and all the info I need is here in this book. Well written!