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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCIE Routing and Switching Exam Certification Guide
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: A. Anthony Bruno, Anthony Bruno
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Book covers for previous test versions!!

I had no problem with the format of the book as a tool to review the information; however, the review all applies to an old version of the test. This book has little to no value as a tool to review the current version of the CCIE written examination. It was a major waste of money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
What you need to start

This is a very good Java book. It differs from a number of other books that wasting your time with loads of pages explaning basic stuff and avoid the real one. The code examples are helpful. I do recommend it for people with no experience with Java.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cocoa(R) Programming for Mac(R) OS X (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Aaron Hillegass
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Fantastic, Must-Get book

If you're wanting to ramp up quickly on Apple's OS X Cocoa technology, Hillegass' book should be the first one you get. It starts off assuming you know nothing about Cocoa and Objective-C, and ends up introducing and exploring all of the concepts you'll need to know when writing Real Applications. How to manage documents. Saving and loading your user's data. Managing preferences. Drawing on the Screen. Printing. Lots and lots of good stuff.
The pacing of the book is fantastic. The chapters aren't too short, and aren't too long. Many end with "Challenges", like little homework problems which encourage the reader to explore in more depth the topics desribed in the chapter.
In short, get this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Mike Dell uses the KISS Principle

Back in the 70's I worked with a successful sales and management professional who espoused the KISS Principle (Keep it simple and short)In reading some of the negative reviews, I can see that some people were expecting something out of HarvardBusiness School.What made Dell the incredible success story that it has become is doing the unusual, the new, the different.Going against the norm.And keeping it simple and short.When I was in the bookstore, someone told me that Mike Dell puts too much emphasis on people. Who do you suppose buys those computers? It's people.I like the fact that Mike Dell puts the customer first.Interesting that the Direct Model that Dell innovated with PCs was initiataly criticized and is now copied by the people who were his strongest critics.Is any wonder that Mr Dell is one of the most in demand speakers.Read and apply Mr. Dell's strategies. They will make you more successful in business and in life.And remember the KISS PRINCIPLE.