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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Partial Review- Only 2 of 10 Domains Studied.


I purchased this book as a primary study source for the CISSP exam, and fully expected to use SOME supplementary material.
This book is divided, correctly so, into the 10 domains covered on the CISSP exam. At the end of each chapter/domain, there are Sample Questions, Bonus Questions and Advanced Sample Questions, with the answers and explainations in the back of the book.
The Sample and Bonus Questions are simple review questions to help you gauge if you have a basic grasp of the subject matter. The Advanced Sample Questions are supposedly at the same level as the actual test questions.
What I've run in to with the Advanced questions is that THEY INTRODUCE NEW MATERIAL, NOT COVERED IN THE SUBJECT MATTER TEXT!! This is extemely frustrating. You read the question, know you don't know the answer, then review the section in the text where the answer should be, only you don't find it, because it is not covered. When you read the explaination of the answers in the back you discover new material and the assuption by the authors the reader is to make inferences.
A study guide should cover all the material in the subject matter text.
My confidence in using this book as my primary study guide is blown. How much critical material that will be on the exam has been left out? How much more am I supposed to infer?
I will update this review as I go forward.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Programming for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Wally Wang, Wallace Wang
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Lame Political slant, syntax errors but decent otherwise


This is the book that I first learned computer programming off of. I always wanted to know how people made games so I asked my mom, who works with computers. She said people wrote software. I said I wanted to learn how to write software and she took me to the book store and "Beginning Programming For Dummies" is what we bought. This book laid down an excellent foundation for the skills I developed in the future. Some people didn't like it, some did. Every book is going to have some errors in it somewhere; humans aren't perfect. The things I like about this book is that it stresses clean structure of code, something VERY important when it comes to programming. It also stresses more on concepts rather than technical details with the programming language, which is more important. Even though this book uses Liberty Basic, all of the concepts taught are useful with all other programming languages, even C, C++, and assembly. You can't go wrong with this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Seize the Work Day: Using the Tablet PC to Take Total Control of Your Work and Meeting Day
Publisher: New Academy Publishing
Authors: Michael Linenberger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Seize the Work Day - Excellent Guide


I just got my copy yesterday. Excellent book. I have already read almost half of it. Just couldn't put it down. Well written. A must for old and new Tablet Users. It has changed the way I do business.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: West's Business Law with Online Research Guide (West's Business Law)
Publisher: South-Western College/West
Authors: Kenneth W. Clarkson, Roger LeRoy Miller, Gaylord A. Jentz, Frank B. Cross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fine textbook and great home reference


After 21 years of teaching, both in private college and law school, and as a 23-year legal practitioner, licensed in Hawaii and New York, I perhaps have too much technical knowledge of the law to pass judgment on a text meant clearly to cover, in an almost glib and obsessively-current fashion, virtually the entire spectrum of the law.
That being said, the text is useful in plowing through the sometimes grandiloquent excesses of law terms and concepts in mostly plain English. Its major flaw is trying to accomplish too much with too little. The multitudinous case decisions are often so short as to reveal little of the policy reasoning behind the law, certainly a key to a would-be manager or businessman. Concepts, when explained, are often truncated, leaving students somewhat bewildered. Coverage of products liability is a case in point -- the question constantly arises: why hold a manufacturer liable without fault? There are correct answers given, to be sure, but they are not fully explained and college students often tend to look at fault rather than economic analysis when a product injures a consumer; the economic concept of strict products liability is hardly an intuitive one, but it is crucial to those students who enter into products manufacture and distribution.
One also wonders why the constitution, criminal law, torts, and such are placed in a business law text. They have minimal relation to the real-world of business and there is just too much information already, even for 2 terms, to cover adequately. I would exclude or minimize these kinds of topics.
Properly the authors have cut back on certain areas which in prior editions constititued perhaps 5+ chapters each. But this is the flip side of the coin. The book is at once too much and too little. At least in our college, this text is used for a course in business law for managers. I'm afraid it is not quite that. Managers need to know what to do when a legal problem, from sexual harassment allegations to a regulatory complaint, comes before them. There is precious little "how" to the practical question of "what do I do now?". In fact, there should be answers to that practical question in every chapter.
There are far too many federal trial court opinions which, frankly, are so new and of so little legal weight (binding only in the particular district), that I wonder why they are included at all in text form, when they can be footnoted, if cited at all. Internet law and "cyberlaw" are cases in point. I realize this is an emerging area in the law, but precisely for that reason, these cases largely have no business being placed in text form until appellate courts have given us broader guidance.
Perhaps I have been too harsh on the text. It is well-written, understandable, generally clear to the college student, and may well be the best general text for undergraduates. But I would like to see much more progress made in the areas I have discussed.