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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-316): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual C# and Visual Studio.NET
Publisher: Que
Authors: Amit Kalani
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book but needs familiarity with C#

I have read few other books for 70-316 exam preparation but I like this one the best. This book does not waste pages in listing and explaining the VB.NET code. This book is all about C# only, which is good because that is what the 70-316 exam requires you to know.
The most interesting fact is that this book is much fatter than other exam preparation books and surprisingly the cheapest one. Thanks to this book, it was pretty [inexpensive] and easy for me to pass this exam when compared to my old MCSD exams.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Difficult to read, not a primer. Good to get certified

Many JAVA books fall into one of two categories. 1) Not complete or "real world" enough, or 2) Written for computer scientists. This book definitely falls in the second category. If Khalid actually speaks during a lecture like this: "Precedence and associativity rules are necessary for deterministic evaluation of expressions", pity the poor students. Also the author, continually refers to sections far ahead of the page you're currently reading.
However, when you're finished with this very detailed book, you should be able to pass the Java Programmer Certification. The completeness, and the abundance of review questions and program examples are why I giving this book three stars.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For CISSP, start with this book

Very well laid out. Should be the first book to read if you plan on becoming CISSP

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn to Program with Java
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: John Smiley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
He knows How to teach Beginners

'Learn to progrma with Java' is the second book of learn to series for me. When I read 'Learn to program with Visual Basic 6', I felt the author has a good style and format for beginner. Again I confirmed his teacing talent. He knows how to teach and how much to teach for beginners. Many other beginner's book have failed because they contain too much concepts, which result in over 1500 pages of referenc book not for beginners.Mr. Smiley gives essential concepts in organized form. After I finished "Learn to Program with Java", I am enough ready to learn intermediate level of Java.