Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNP BSCI Exam Certification Guide (CCNP Self-Study, 642-801), Third Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Clare Gough
I picked this book because I wanted to see how the BCSI exam had changed. Some things I liked about this book and other I think could have been improved. I didn't like the way things were mentioned, and described in later chapters. I liked how the terms were defined at the beginning of the chapters. This made it easier to understand the material presented, and server as a reference if you needed more clarification. I found it hard to get into the book at first, but after about the 3rd chapter, reading went smoothly. I like the "Do I already know?" quizzes at the beginning of the chapters. These let you know where you need to concentrate to fill in the blanks of your knowledge. I found the scenarios helpful. They bring a real world example to an otherwise complex book. Over all I think this is a very good book. I felt VLSM, CIDR and summarization were covered well. The title describes the book very well. I feel intermediate to advanced users will find this helpful. This book could also be used as a great reference to routing and newer information. This serves as a guide to updated BCSI concepts. As the industry changes you need study guides such as this to stay current on the latest information. I really liked all of the diagrams in the book; they helped relate the information in pictures that made the concepts easier to understand. I would read other books by Clare Gough. I think this author is knowledgeable, and knows how to pass on their knowledge. I found the enclosed CD very helpful as well. I like the quiz questions, that allow you test your understanding of the covered subjects. Some of the topics in the book were hard to follow, and seemed cumbersome to read. The author seems to expect the reader to know concepts that she later explains in later chapters. I guess if you recently took the CCNA, and jumped right into the BCSI test, you would be better prepared for this book. I found myself look ahead to see what she was talking about. I also liked the charts comparing the different protocols. I think this make comparing one against another easier when you can see them side by side. I found myself reading a chapter and going on to the next as I found information very interesting. Although at times hard to follow, I thought the information to be accurate and concise. I found this book covered all the relevant topics for the 642-801 BCSI exam. I also liked how each chapter was summarized. The repetition of information in the charts was helpful in helping you remember the information. I would rate this book a 4 out of 5. I believe the book does what it was written to do, which is prepare you for the 642-811 exam. If you read this book you should be ready to take the exam. You may have to read certain chapters a few times to get the concepts down.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
Authors: Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose
This is the best java book of any kind I have read. Like java itself, its construction was subject to rigorous community review. Mr. Roman has a talent for expressing highly complex and rapidly changing concepts in a very digestible manner. If you are in any way involved in the development of EJBs, you should strongly consider buying this book.
Product: Book - Paperback
Authors: Doug Tidwell
I am growing to dislike this book more and more, as this author refuses to support 'coding along with the text' using his examples. I am frustrated by the examples not working, and again by the fact that he refuses to indicate what the files should be called..is this file a .dtd, an .xslt, or an .xsl file? I like to be able to verify that the examples work so that I can understand it as I go, but the author apparently expects us to take it all on faith. No thanks, buddy.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
This book is 20 chapters and 540 pages, deceptively small especially when it covers more ground than several of the 1,000 page books I bought before it. In fact, I haven't had a question yet that this book didn't answer and the answers are all clear and concise. I've never seen a daily operations book that compares and I have in fact set aside several of those doorstopper books in favor of this one. I can and do carry it with me everywhere. It fits nicely in my backpack.
Why this book over the others? Windows Server 2003 isn't as much of a jump from Windows 2000 (not like Windows 2000 was from Windows NT) and this book covers everything you need to know about Windows Server 2003 to get the job done. You can start using this book as a desk reference immediately or as I've done, read the book from cover to cover to learn whats new and whats what. The good news is that if you are new to Windows Server 2003, this book has everything you need for your every day administration of Windows Server 2003. I think that regardless of your experience level you will find that this book is written in a very clear manner and exceptional accurate and to the point.
The author explains his topics very well. The book is divided into four parts. The different parts are administration fundamtentals, directory services administration, data administration and network administration. The book has held up well and I've abused it in my backpack taking it with me to job sites and the type is just about the perfect size for comfortable reading. I particularly like Stanek's expert tips and "Real World" advice sections.
This is easily the best book on my shelf right now and I plan to use the knowledge I've gained to help with the MCSE for Windows Server 2003 that I plan to take next year. I think that like the previous book, Windows 2000 Pocket Consultant, it will prove to be valuable addition to my preparation book list. Sure there are plenty of preperation books out there (as there were with Windows 2000) but you will still need a good reference on Windows Server 2003 itself in order to give you the practical knowledge--you know the stuff you are going to use.
Overall, I am very happy with this book. It was money well spent. Go buy it, I'm glad I did. Very highly recommended!