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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers, Scott Jernigan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is *the* best book for A+ preparation, it reads like a novel.... the 900 pages go into your head like water. great book, and I have compared this one to 3 or 4 other giant doorstops. This is by far the easiest to understand and prepare you for the test very thouroughly. If you know half the stuff in this book you will pass the exam without a problem. I did...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Applying UML and Patterns : An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and Iterative Development (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent, but too narrowly focused

This book was pretty informative concerning the application of UML, but only to an automated Point-of-Sale System. Lahrman included an excellent number of diagrams and examples of the different UML notations, however, they all focused on the POS system, and were thus sometimes hard to apply out of that context. The book did a good job presenting GRASP and GoF patterns, but the lack of variety in the examples made for confusion when discussing applying different patterns in the same type of system. One very nice feature of this book is the set of quick-reference diagrams inside the front and back covers of the book. These come in very handy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good introduction to x86 architecture & peripherals

IBM-compatible PC performance improvements dictate that upgrade or replace your computer frequently to run the latest software. "How Computers Work" gets you up to speed on component selection and replacement. The book covers a broad range of topics by pointing to the forest, not the trees, in an accessible and entertaining style. I was somewhat put off by the "picture-book" look, but the illustrations are very good, and probably appropriate for the target audience. An excellent primer, with some useful information for professionals as well.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing the Testing Process: Practical Tools and Techniques for Managing Hardware and Software Testing, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Rex Black, Rex Black
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must-have for the new testing manager

You can figure all this stuff out for yourself over five or six years, as I did, or you could read this book to get quickly up to speed. This is not a "how to test" book. This is a "how to get the test process running smoothly" book. Take it from somebody who's been testing since 1988: this is useful.