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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing Information Technology (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: E. Wainright E. Martin, Carol V Brown, Daniel W DeHayes, Jeffrey A Hoffer, William C Perkins, E. Wainright Martin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book


This is literally the worst textbook I've ever used in my entire academic career. This book is jam-packed with jargon ("utilize"), acronyms (e.g.,"ERP," a term that the book does a poor job defining), and slashes. By slashes I mean, do you know how IT consultants love to use two synonymous words when one would suffice? For example: "I love/like to go jogging/running to the store/market."
My MIS professor was a moron, however, so it's understandable that he would choose this book. IF YOU ARE A PROFESSOR WHO IS NOT A MORON, DO NOT MAKE YOUR STUDENTS SUFFER THROUGH THIS BOOK. Thanks.



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
The Best Book Ever


I'm slightly biased, because I am the author, but I think this may be the best book ever. I've read the book dozens of times, and each time I find something new and delightful in it. It is useful, clear, timely, and even humorous at times.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internet Routing Architectures (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Sam Halabi, Danny McPherson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great CCIE Prep material


I used this book to bring me up to speed on BGP material for the CCIE lab exam. After hearing from a number of people that this is one of the best Cisco press books out there I purchased it, and would have to agree. This is a great reference book for BGP and a must have for CCIE candidates. BGP is a core component of the CCIE Lab exam, and this book will definately help prepare you for the BGP portion of the lab.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Chris Payne
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good beginning to intermediate work


If you are a beginner with ASP.NET, you should find that there is plenty of material to get you up to speed with ASP.NET. Unlike some of the 21 days series, this book gets into some really meaty subjects. The book on data access is well worth the price of admission. In fact, it is easier to read and understand than the code intensive "Professional ASP.NET" book from Wrox, which is not a bad book either. This makes it a better beginners book, hands down.
If you are advanced, you will find a lot of material, esp. if you have not touched on ADO.NET very much. The common ASP.NET mistakes will help some more advanced programmers, although Dan Appleman's VB.NET book is much better at this.
My personal beef with the book is most of the code is written in the ASPX page itself, rather than CodeBehind. The book does cover CodeBehind, but puts it almost as an aside. The separation of code and UI into separate files is one of the primary strengths with ASP.NET, IMHO. This is true of the Wrox book, as well.
After running through this book, I was inclined to lower my rating of Professional ASP.NET a notch. This book is better written, and runs together better. I still like the Wrox book, but I think this one will have more value to a person just getting into ASP.NET. Too much of the Wrox book is not beta 2 compliant (not a whole lot, but more than this book). This book hits closer to home. Good job, Chris.