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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The Best Java Networking book currently available

This books fills a niche in the Java book market. Personally, I've been waiting for Stevens to take his "UNIX Network Programming" book and port it to Java. Since that hasn't happened, I looked at this new book with interest.
It does a good job of covering all the network basics and all the networking features of Java. It even includes current topics such as RMI and the Server API. I'd recommend this book to anyone who has never done network programming before and is trying to.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Typo - please note. Final Review 8 wks after teaching book.

See author's comments[technician's]:
......Even if you aren't the most technically astute, or even if you are, you can prepare for the A+ exam and maybe smile once or twice while you do it. After the test, or should you not be interested in A+ at all, the book will work very nicely as a service techician's [technician's] computer repair reference. Enjoy!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Python Essential Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: David Beazley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Invaluable Reference

If I could have just one Python book while writing Python on desert island, this would be the book.
My copy just arrived from Amazon. First thing I noticed was the quality production (paper, type setting, layout, ...) and the font - a point or two smaller than I expected (bucking the trend to inflate books with a font I can read across the room).
The Index is 45 some pages (distinguised by a grey edge), using a mix of bold and regular font to make headings and subheadings easily distinguished. The page numbers are clear in the upper left corner of each page, making it easy to fan back to the indexed page. The paper was cut to leave a perfectly smooth and even right edge, so thumbing to a desired page is quick and accurate. And for each thing I've looked up so far, the result was right on, terse, but clearly written by someone aware and experienced and just what I might need.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Good for last year!!!

If you have been tinkering with computers for a few years and want to gain an A+ Certification, this is the book for you. The author begins with an introduction and pre-test that helps you see clearly what areas you need to focus on so that you can create your own unique study plan.
Most chapters begin with a section called "Historical/Conceptual". This section contains interesting information that is not specifically part of the exam. I urge all readers to read this section because it makes subsequent sections easier to understand. Each chapter ends with review questions so you can check your progress frequently. The book is organized into twenty well-defined pages. Even though this book is over 1100 pages long, it is easy to find any topic you need to review.
The book includes a CD with several practice exams. Each question includes an explanation for the correct answer. When I took the real exam, I was surprised at how many questions seemed exactly like the practice questions.
The book has many practical tips and tools that will help PC technicians with their day-to-day work. One example is the list of files to put on a Windows boot disk. This book will stay in my office as I expect to refer to it often.
In summary, this book is very readable and is designed for a wide range of experience levels.