Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Being in the IT industry, mostly web based, I thought I would give this book a try to see what new material I could learn and apply in my job. Anyway, it was a disappointment. The book doesn't really explain anything but walks you through on changing from a non CSS site to one. It's not that good for what CSS is capable of doing either and the options associated with it. Overall, this book really isn't any good for someone that has experience. To me, it's more of a beginner to intermediate level for those who have only scratched the surface of CSS. If your experienced, don't bother.
Product: Book - CD-ROM
Title: CCNA Virtual Lab, Gold Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle, William Tedder, Bill Tedder
I bought the first edition and it was average, with some bugs. The Gold Edition is much better, has the bugs ironed out and the labs are pretty useful. It's expensive though, when a couple of hundred more would get you a new 800 series CISCO router, or a secondhand 1700 series one.
Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Any software engineer should be ready to accept the learning curve of learning a new language when reading this book. This book will take the reader into semantics of the symbols in UML in light of the Object Oriented world. Object-Oriented terminology is a prerequisite for the reader; otherwise, it will be at best like reading Greek to the English reader. It is a textbook dealing with the grammar, vocabulary, structural modeling, and behavior modeling of UML. This book is excellent in its presentation of its subject matter. I cannot recommend this book enough. Be prepared before tackling this book.
Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCSA/MCSE Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-292 and 70-296): Upgrading Your Certification to Microsoft Windows Server 2003
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Dan Holme, Orin Thomas
The exam is heavily concentrated on DNS. In addition, the book is oriented on how to do the basic administration of Server 2003. The questions on the exam are much more difficult than the material presented in the book. The book is good for a general overview of the new product. However, to pass the exam you must really dig into the product with hands on the server. A much better product to use would be the Minasi book for server 2003 plus pulling ever resource from technet on DNS. Neither books covers the detail of DNS that is needed to pass the exam.