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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Covers the fine points

This is an excellent book for those of us who want to know WHY something is done in a particular way or should be done in a different way. I highly recommend this book as a desk reference to both seasoned Java programmers and newbies. The examples are excellent and the online code repository admirably complete. They work and can be used in professional situations.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Software as an evolutive craft

This book has a lot of experience written inside it. However as any software engineering books, you need to read with a light touch. Not everything can be applied to your style but they can guide you in the correct direction.
The content of the book has been divied in practical section. There is no real need to read it cover to cover. Instead, you can easily select a specific section before a development cycle and applied what you need. This also guide you on what you need to be aware.
For sure, this book will stay in my library as a reference.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
No question, this book is a must read

My first exposure to this book was as a freshman at MIT in '86. Since then I've been exposed to an awful lot of computer science books. And I'm afraid the term "awful" has applied all too often. This book still stands out in my mind as one of the best comp. sci. texts I've ever read. It encompasses so many different areas of computer science that it has only been when I reread it years later that I really appreciated the full scope of the topics the book hits. Every footnote seems to branch off into another interesting facet of comp. sci. It is a bit challenging (it was geared to MIT students) but is definitely worth the read. If you get it make sure you track down MIT Scheme, the language used throughout the book, it'll help you get the most from the book, and is very interesting in its own right. In my opinion the approach the authors take is a much better one than that traditionally followed by "introductory" computer science texts.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate, Deluxe Edition (640-801)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book, but many errors/discrepancies and no NAT coverage

Hi all. I would give this book 3.5 stars but I decided to round down. For a 5th edition book, I was shocked with the number of discrepencies and errors! Check the errata on the Sybex Web site for updates - it will save you a lot of frustration. I found many more errors than are listed in the errata, but I am sure that they will keep updating it as people start complaining.

Some of the examples from CLI output are completely wrong as well. VLAN creation on the 1900 comes to mind. I wonder who edited this book?

Also, there is virtually NO coverage of NAT and PAT ... and you should definitely be familiar with these topics! I was fortunate enough to have the NAT section from an ICND course I took two years ago.

The included CCNA CertSim evaluation is awesome, and I recommend upgrading to the full version. The sim questions are very similar to what you will find on the exam.

All that aside, the book does a good job of preparing you for the exam. I used it - along with RouterSim and the aforementioned ICND NAT section - and passed the CCNA exam this morning with over 30 minutes to spare. If I had just used this book, I would have failed. As a matter of fact, no book alone is enough to pass the exam. You need hardware or a good simulator to practice with, or you will be toast when it comes to the exam's sim questions.

Check out the CCNA site on Cisco's Web site for additional exam resources.

I hope this helps. Good luck to you all! :)