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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great text and reference book to learn sevlets and JSP


I found the text easy to read and follow. It helps you a lot to get started both with servlets and JSP and, what is very important where to get the software, how to install, configure and use. It is well structured and easy to find an answer. The sample code is self descriptive and can be used for real life solutions.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: BGP Design and Implementation
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Randy Zhang, Micah Bartell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
BGP like you have never seen it.


Advanced BGP Design and Implementation (Zhang, Bartell Cisco Press, 2004, ISBN 1-58705-109-5) is a great book on advanced BGP concepts.
There are a few chapters at the beginning that cover the history and basics of BGP. Then it dives right into the settings and tuning of BGP. This book is not for the faint of heart as it kicks in quick with in depth coverage of all that is BGP. You definitely want to have a good solid understanding of BGP basics before reading this book.
You should consider reading other BGP reference books first such as Sam Halabi's Internet Routing Architectures, William Parkhurst's Cisco BGP 4 Command and Configuration Handbook (Cisco Press, 2001) and various Cisco whitepapers and BGP design documents from their website. It will definitely help you to absorb more of this book and will give you a good basis to then get into the fine-tuning aspects of BGP.
The book covers many of the advanced BGP topics that you would normally have to dig for in RFC's and various other resources and books. This is a great reference book to keep on the shelf and have handy (once you have read it a few times first of course). I personally enjoyed the extensive coverage of BGP policy enforcement in chapter 4, which is critical to getting the most out of BGP. Also there was great coverage of multi protocol BGP and Inter-AS VPN's with MPLS as it relates to BGP. This is a topic of great interest today for those looking at label switching for logical separation and/or for traffic engineering.
Other topics of interest included IPv6, Interdomain Multicast and scaling BGP using confederations and route reflectors, and merging BGP autonomous systems. It was great to learn of the memory requirements implemented on Cisco routers. This was something that has always been a concern for many people with older routers and various memory and flash constraints.
I found the diagrams and examples to be extremely valuable. The authors explained very nicely topics that often are difficult to understand or grasp. Their examples portrayed real world scenarios, which made it even easier to relate to and to understand. Always helpful to have something that you can apply to your particular situation or job function.
I would say due to the granularity of detail covered in this book, it is geared more towards large enterprise backbones and Internet Service Provider backbones.
This is a great resource to have, especially if you want to delve into the inner workings and mysteries of BGP.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Graph Theory and Its Applications
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: Jay Yellen, Jonathan L. Gross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A(nother) wonderful graph theory book!


This recently published book in graph theory has many unique features: (1) it contains a large number of figures that make it much easier to follow and understand the mathematical reasonnings; (2) it contains a lot more recent developments in the area that are not covered in general graph theory books; (3) it shows close connections of this area to other areas, in particular to computer science, which greatly increase the usefulness of the book; (4) the book is so well written that can be understood by people with very preliminary knowledge in mathematics (most parts can be understood by people with, say, high school mathematics).
I really like the book, and I recommend it very highly.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Lifecycle Toolkit : Expert Methods for Designing, Developing, and Deploying Data Warehouses
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ralph Kimball, Laura Reeves, Margy Ross, Warren Thornthwaite
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A 'must' for any corporate DW project


This book describes a methodology (process) for building DWs - this helps in managing the project and alleviates project risk, especially in corporate settings. Many DW contractors are reluctant to follow any type of methodology ("lifecycle reluctance") - these are the ones that take twice/thrice as long to finish the projects. Being paid per diem, they make more with delays and extensions (a moral hazard). Excuses include - they have an "eclectic" or "best of breed" approach that is unique to each implementation, therefore no defined & documented process methodology. You simply cannot build complex systems without a well-defined methodology.