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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Web Services with Java : Making Sense of XML, SOAP, WSDL, and UDDI (2nd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Steve Graham, Doug Davis, Simeon Simeonov, Glen Daniels, Peter Brittenham, Yuichi Nakamura, Paul Fremantle, Dieter Koenig, Claudia Zentner
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5

This book is outdated. Buy either Developing Java Web Services (Wiley) or Java Web Services Architecture (Morgan Kaufman)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Be careful in your treatment of this text...

I gave this book 4 stars because it is very hard to read. I actually asked for this book as a Christmas present last year (call me a geek...it's ok), and I have pushed my way through quite a bit of it. I have 3 years experience in RDBMS only on MS SQL Server. This book is important because it suppliments everything that was originally intended to be the definitive RDBMS design from the master E.F. Codd. Now, you could look at this book on the surface and say it is "usless," but trust me you'd be making the wrong judgement. Every senior DBA that I have worked with over the past 3 years studied this text in earlier editions. Trust me, they have all been gurus. My current manager even worked at Sybase for a while. You will be doing yourself a disservice if you push this book aside without giving it its due treatement. The word "introduction" is ambiguous. It's not really an introduction at all. If you are an MS DBA like me remember this important point: a Microsoft DBA can have it easier at times because of the care MS has put into make it's RDBMS fit into NT or 2000. Life can seem pretty fundamental or "real world"(whatever that means) in the MS world. Date's lessons might not seem valuable up front. If you put just a little thought into it you'd realize that what's being discussed in this book suppliments the life of a "DBA." Remember, the "A" is for administrator. If you're an administrator a system, you're not going to find this book extrememly useful. However, start designing a database from scratch even in SQL Server, without abiding to Codd and Date and I wish you good luck. Be careful when you evaluate this book. It is an extremely important text.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book really delivers

Until you have actually sat for the PMP examination (a grueling 4 hour 200 question computer administered examination), it is really not possible to gauge the value of this book. After taking the test, I can say categorically, that it would not be possible for even the most experienced project manager to pass the test without having read Andy Crowe's book. The Project Management Institute (PMI) has defined a very robust set of processes and knowledge that comprises their view of project management. Often, however, this view is different than the experiences of many long time project managers.

Andy's book logically lays open PMI's view of project management and provides the reader with the understanding of PMI's approach and how it also relates to many of our actual real world experiences. In a carefully planned order, the book covers each process group explaining the key elements and important items that the reader must remember in order to do their very best on the examination. The reader learns the why of PMI's approach so that they (the reader) can apply the "why" to answering the test questions. So, instead of having to memorize answers, the reader understands the underlying philosophy and, therefore, can deduce the correct answer by applying the PMI approach to each question. Although titled as a how to pass book, it really provides a useful guide to applying the PMI processes to any project. Andy gives the reader more than a guide to passing the test - this book is a great reference that will be useful long after the reader takes and passes the PMP examination.

To help the reader with test preparation, the each chapter has review questions as well as a final examination. These questions are very similar to the kinds of questions and subject matter found in the examination that they really help to both assess the reader's readiness for the test as well as to provide an excellent practice tool. The book also provides insight as to the level of difficulty and approximate percentages of coverage each process group will represent in the actual exam. This helps the reader to focus their study time in order to maximize their study effectiveness.

Having never used a "pass the test" book in the past, I was a bit skeptical. This book certainly demonstrated that it is possible to create a book that can actually come through a promise to pass on the first try. I have and will recommend this book as a must to anyone that is planning on taking the PMP examination.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Networks Work (7th Edition) (How Networks Work)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Frank J. Derfler Jr., Les Freed
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great Business Person's Book of Networking

Buying this book was the smarted business investment I have ever made. If you are a business person needing to understand your technical team's conversation about your computer network, then this book is for you!

It allowed me to be able to understand networking problems and opportunities that affect my business. Before I read this book, I was not able to intelligently make purchase decisions about technical equipment or services that my IT department would recommend.

Since reading this book, I can now hide the fact that I am not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to technology. ;-)