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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Mining Cookbook: Modeling Data for Marketing, Risk and Customer Relationship Management
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Olivia Parr Rud
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
DM Cookbook CD ROM

Yes, its not for beginners or executives. That's great, because so many other books are aimed at glossing over the details for novices. This book gets down and dirty with exactly how one goes about analyzing and modeling data in applied marketing. It assumes some knowledge of data and basic analysis, but it also reviews assumptions along the way and points out "gotchas" for the less experienced. Yes, there is an overemphasis on Logistic Regression and a paucity of info on other techniques, but the Logistic Regression work is well done. Yes, it is very SAS based, but the code is not hard to translate to other systems. She doesn't spend as much time as I would prefer on explaining all the output that she presents, though its an excellent start. But she does provide specific details on ALL the steps, from getting and transforming data to how to present your results and use your model, things that are ignored in many other books. Sure, there are easy quibbles and minor errors throughout, but what tech book today is error free? So, if you are looking for the basic guidebook on just how one goes about "modeling", then this is the one. Its got a permanent place on my bookshelf, and is one of the standards I recommend along with Kimball, Pyle, and other "ya gotta have" books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Brief, informative and to the point but riddled with ERRORS!

The book is easy to read and has many good features such as the "INSTANT ANSWERS", which along with the way that it breaks down the material makes it an excellent way to prepare for the actual thing. However, the errors and typos in this book really make it frusrtating to read. Eventually, I was double checking every other answer in he review test to make sure that it was correct. I guess this is a great way to reinforce the information
I would recommend this book with a more complete book such as A+ Exam Cram, which is what I used in addition and scored 85% on the Core and 80% on the DOS/WIN. This way you can have a fast easy to study reference and another more complete reference to back up the Dummies book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good EJB Introduction and Programming Guide

Overall a great book. However, some deployment information is inaccurate and the organization of topics could be better. One thing the book falls fairly short on is design practices. It also over-emphasizes the use of CMP Entity Beans without addressing the reality of EJB 1.1 limitations in current vendor offerings (i.e. portability is still somewhat suspect). As an alternative, check out Professional Java Server Programming J2EE edition from Wrox (a little more up to date).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential SNMP
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Douglas Mauro, Kevin Schmidt, Kevin J. Schmidt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Perfect for SNMP beginners and complicated networks

I have been doing network/router/system administration for about 3 years, and I have never really had the time/opportunity/need to do SNMP. Our network grew to be very large very quickly (sites in africa, england, germany, canada, america) and it became neccesary to use SNMP to ease the administration somewhat. I first bought "A practical guide to SNMPv3 and Network Management" and could barely get past page 8 before I was totally lost. So I came back looking for "21 days" or "SNMP for dummies" book of which there are none. I found this book which recommends a good grasp of TCP/IP and that is about it. I have found this book to be the best book out there for someone with 0 to little experience with SNMP. It brought me all the way from ground 0 knowledge of SNMP to managing a network of about 100 routers with SNMP, including detecting DoS attacks, processor overload, interface changes, config changes etc.
I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for a practical SNMP managed network, beginner or advanced.