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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones, Peter Nathan, Gerald Everett Jones
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Most suitable of all PMP Prep books for self-study

Studying PMP Cert For Dummies will help you pass the exam.
My study group purchased all the books in the category that we can find. None of the books alone will guarantee that you pass the PMP exam. You need to purchase several books. All have gaps and omissions - especially Rita's. All have errors, both in grammar, spelling, and in the technical subject matter. Our ranking from worse to best: ESI's has the most amount of errors (worst), Newell's has next to worst, Kim's is next (her errata list is very long), For Dummies comes in the middle, Rita is better, and Crowe's has the least errors (best, but there are plenty of errors & omissions). Get over the errors and omissions; all have them. In all books, you should easily spot an error. If you cannot spot an error, or are bothered about them, you are not ready to take the exam. Remember these books are review guides, not intro books! You should already know project management.
PM is a young discipline and even the best authorities have conflicting notions about some definitions. Last fall in the official PMI magazine, the cover article was on a billion dollar construction project where the PM flubbed the formulas for EV. He switched numerator and denominator and got all the EV formulas wrong. He would have missed all test questions on EV. No one at PMI Publications caught the error either! Get over error issues. Be able to spot them without being an indignant whiner or you are not ready to take the exam. Enough said here.
None of my study group felt that Rita's book was suitable to self-study. Rita's is a re-cycled workbook taken from her $1,100 training class. If you want to use her book, take her class instead and you get her $ 90 workbook and the $300 Question CD included. Most of the reviews comments are from people who have taken her course, where the omissions can be corrected. Rita's quality section is pretty skimpy and doesn't use charts well. She omits time value of money (PV, IRR) which are still on the exam (I check with PMI). (Kim includes these too; but Dummies explains it better.) For example, Rita and Kim mistakenly refer to process groups as phases of a project. Controlling is a phase? Nope, as Dummies points out, it's a `process'. That why PMBOK Guide calls them "Process Groups".
Kim's CD has 200 questions; For Dummies CD has 300 questions. Rita has no CD in her book, her question CD is $300 extra. Newell and Crowe don't even include a CD. For Dummies is the best value just for the questions alone!
All other PM books are very dry and hard to read. For Dummies is the friendliest and the easiest to spot what is important and where you need to pay attention. They spoon feed you the formulas - ones other books omit. I have several other Dummies Cert books and they are different from the general interest Dummies books. They are only interested in how to pass the exam.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: UML 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Michael Jesse Chonoles, James A. Schardt
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Just for beginners

This book is just an introduction to UML. All the discussions that could lift this book to a more interesting level are left out. If you are only looking for definitions the book will do. If you want more in depth introductions to best practices, beyond what you can learn in a few hours of reading, this is not the right book for you. My advise - Buy the UML Bible as your first UML book, and spare yourself for hours of research trying to find the best way to get started with UML or just improving your UML skills.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
ABSOLUTELY Not worth it

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Great Book, just a little unorganized., March 12, 2001
Reviewer:Albert Omoss (Southlake, TX USA) - See all my reviews
I just finished reading this book and at its end I found myself torn between whether or not to recommend it. As I was going through the book I had to force myself to continue reading and at many times I was very confused. Lamothe covers a huge amount of information in this book, so I expected to be confused. Even though the book seems thrown together and none of the sample source code on the CD worked, I learned a huge ammount of information about game programming theory, WIN32 programming, and DirectX. I highly recommend this book if you have the patience to figure it out and have a very strong backround in C/C++.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Jon Erickson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The 'Anarchist's Cookbook' of Exploits.

Although I needed a better fundamental foundation for understanding what's discussed in this book, Mr. Erickson's banter eases someone like me into the more technical speak. This book is the meat and potatoes for anyone who wishes to really know their stuff when it comes to exploits and hacking in general. Keep that napkin handy, because it's going to get a little messy. :)