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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Terminal Services
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Bernhard Tritsch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good approach to design practice

The book was very useful in explaining how to design a terminal server environment and also provided many good tips on managing and integrating with group policies. However, the book is not meant to be a guide on how to configure terminal services. This is a more technical reference guide not targeted towards the beginner.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Photoshop® 7 Bible (Bible)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Deke McClelland
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not for Newbies

If you expect to sit down, read this book and learn how to create something all in the same sitting, FORGET ABOUT IT. This is a reference book...enough said!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent book for Java beginners

I bought this book because I wanted to learn Java and I liked Laura Lemay's "Teach Yourself Web Publishing with HTML 4 in 21 Days." I knew C and a little C++ from doing some game programming and a class I had back in '96. I understand the flow and logic of programming in C and I was hoping I could carry it over to Java (since they are somewhat similar). This book took me step by step, chapter by chapter in understanding the true beauty of this language! It wasn't easy, mind you, but it wasn't overly difficult. If I didn't know C/C++, it would have been much tougher. I'd recommend complete beginner's go with the "Teach Yourself Java 2 in 24 Hours" book as some other reviewers have stated. If you know C/C++, this book is perfect! I'm glad I bought the book and it's going on my shelf for reference :).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good, but lacking detail and overhyped...

Disclaimer: Before buying the mulcahy book, I also enrolled in and completed a PMP Prep course offered by a University. My rationale for purchasing the Mulcahy book was (a) to get a different prespective on the exam, (b) to gain a bit more confidence prior to taking the exam (personal test anxieties, and (c) to make sure that I'd gotten the major material and brush up on anything else I might have missed. I have since passed the exam decently, but having said all of that, I felt that the Mulcahy book fell rather short in some key areas.

Mulcahy tends to use a "preachy" style of teaching in the book, such that when you reach an answer and have incorrectly responded to a question posed, you often see responses written like "You MUST KNOW THESE CONCEPTS". If you enjoy being preached at, definitely get this book. Otherwise, compared to the full instructional course (and perhaps this isn't a completely fair comparison, thus the disclaimer), the book tends to lack much of the detail you would find in other sources.

Also, after reading it and going through the review questions, I actually found that my confidence level decreased. If I missed one of the concepts, and I didn't find too many of them that were terribly well-explained, I was greeted by those preachy answers again, but more often than not I would see little or no explanation or background that would have been helpful to the student.

So on the points above -- (a) I got a different persepctive. Sort of. I did not get the detail I sought. (b) I lost confidence, and ended up going back to the othher material prior to the exam and quickly regained a lot of what I felt I'd lost by the mulcahy book. (c) I honestly didn't find much new ground that the book covered that wasn't in other, better written texts. Mulcahy's book is, at best, an average study guide, but doesn't draw on much new material or lend any great insight into the exam experience. Mulcahy's CD Courseware (PM FastTrack) is a better investment if you're seeking a good simulator that will provide an accurate barometer of your real-world test experience.