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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, BUT...

I have been working in the IT field for several years now and took this exam as part of an employer incentive.
I am generaly leary of exam cram books, but got this one cheap (and it was an impulse buy). Beyond any other flaw that this book has, the thing that will kill you on the exam if you use this as your sole study source is lack of depth. There is virtually no mention of TCP/UDP port numbers (to build ACL's, harden servers), but the exam seemed to cover them heavily.
Many questions (10%+) on the exam were from topics not even grazed by this book (which is all I expect from an exam cram). I got lucky in that they were on topics I happened to have knowledge in. This book is junk. Don't buy it at any price.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows 2000 & Windows Server 2003 Clustering & Load Balancing
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Robert Shimonski
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Alotta stuff missing entirely

I bought this book (rather skimpy size) and win2000 clustering (bigger) book to try and tackle several clusters I am to build in 2003 EE. Thanks GOD I bought the 2000 book also. Much of the usable information came from the 2000 book, not the 2003 book. The 2000 book goes right at 2000 clusters, and covers them in detail. This 2003 cluster book spends half the paper rehashing 2000 clusters and then begins showing some of the differences in 2003. Half of the smaller 2003 book is about 2000 clusters. If you do not read the whole book, in order, you cannot build a cluster in 2003. 2003 clustering seems more like an afterthought than the main concern. I also am trying to build IIS6 failover clusters. This book mentions IIS clusters, not at all, nowhere. In 2000 clusters, IIS is a checkoff. In 2003 there is nary any clear documentation on it anywhere, especially this book. While SQL seems to be covered in the 2003 book there seems to be an absence of other program types.This book lacks any detail on many subjects and omits critical ones entirely.If you want a technical reference, how to book, this is not it.Shame. Its currently the only one out there for 2003 clusters.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Large-Scale C++ Software Design
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Lakos
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Solid real-world advice on physically putting together code

This book contains a lot of good hints for things to think about and mistakes to avoid in designing and/or coding a large software projekt. John Lakos hints are very well documented and argumented, they are not just like 'make this, do that'. I really recommend this book to everyone programming something larger than 'Hello World'. Sometimes J. Lakos tends to get a bit long winded when getting to something he thinks is important, but the book is still easy to read and very good to understand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Doug Tidwell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
There are better offerings out there

This book is OK :( for an introduction XML, DTDs and XSLT. The information is scattered and not put together very well. A lot of information is also incorrect/inaccurate, be prepared to verify claims about mentioned products and technologies.