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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSE/MCDBA Self-Paced Training Kit: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Design and Implementation, Exam 70-229, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Sales book, not good for certification

I bought this book, thinking I would get certified.
I spent 2 months reading the pages, and doing the exercises.
Then I went to take the exam... Failed 3 times before I actually threw the book away and searched for another training source. And I'm not a dufus; I've passed many certification exams in the past.
This book contains SOME quality information, but if your goal is to get certified, just read Books On Line and totally disreguard the existance of this book.
Its common knowledge that the goal of MS certification tests is to test your ability to transform working knowledge of a product into real world application, and for that reason, an effective training source should simulate that real world expierence. This book fails to do this.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Managing the Software Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Watts S. Humphrey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good, highly detailed, very dry.

I found the book to be very useful and highly pertinent for managing software projects. It starts with guidance on how to evaluate your current process, and then evolves from there. Overall, a very good book. My only reason for giving it four stars is that it is *so* dry, it is extremely slow reading. A great reference, though.

Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This is the first TCP/IP book I've read that really explained how a packet is routed from source to destination, and made it easy to understand. After reading this book, I now have a greater appreciation for what my friends in the Network Control Center team have to work with everday. If you have any trouble understanding how to subnet an address space, you won't by the time you finish Chapter 2. As an MCP NT admin working in a Fortune 500 7x24 command center, I think this book should be required reading for anyone working with a TCP/IP network. This is a really great book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Blogging: Genius Strategies for Instant Web Content
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Biz Stone
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
puh leez

The two stars are because there is information in the book, not at all bad. The information, that is. I'm sure many members of the beginner audience would enjoy the book.

But here's why I'll never read it: I can't tolerate the snarky 'tude of the dude who wrote it. Hey "Biz", you're a child; hey "genius", you really managed to turn off those older than you, and fast too.

There's enough of this kind of noise in the world of guidebooks. Aspiring blogger, if you're looking for information to get you started, you really ought to keep on looking.