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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSD .NET Solution Architectures Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-300)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Randy Cornish, Don Pavoni, Thomas Moore, Eric Rockenbach, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The book prepares well for the test.


I just passed the 70-300 exam and used this book to study for it.
The book is a comprehensive review of everything that you may need to know for the exam. However, some sections are repeated without any good reason. The questions at the end of each chapter are similar in nature to the ones that I saw on the exam.
It took me 12 days, spending about an hour - an hour and half per day, to get through the book. I did pass the other .Net tests before I read the book, so majority of the material was a review.
Although I do have many years of experience as an architect, I found a lot of useful information in this book that will help me design better products and solutions in the future.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL: The Complete Reference, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: James R Groff, Paul N. Weinberg
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Lots of Material, But Where is the Material on Functions


For a book calling itself "The Complete Reference", I find 2 pages listing functions awfully skimpy and to have *nothing* in the index on decode is mysterious to me.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Routing TCP/IP, Volume II (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle, Jennifer DeHaven Carroll
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Must Have for Engineers and Future CCIE's


This is a perfect start for your CCIE Lab studies. Even if you are not going for the CCIE, this is a must have book for your office (cube). Excellent covereage of IGP's comparable to none. This is THE book for IGP's.Hindsight being what it is, I would have spent 2 months trying to memorize this book before purchasing others in my quest for CCIE. I always ended up going back to it even after my first attempt at the lab. Save yourself time and money and try your hardest to commit this book to memory.Why not 5 stars? If BGP would have been included, I would have given it 5. You can pick up BGP in Routing TCP/IP Volume II, but really, the CiscoPress Halabi book is the king of that hill.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Proven Portals: Best Practices for Planning, Designing, and Developing Enterprise Portals
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Sullivan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good high level management/project management info


ReviewThis last year has seen a lot of industry focus on portal technology and how it can change the way companies operate. And while there are numerous books that cover the technical "how to" of a portal package, there are fewer books that take a higher-level view about the "whys" of portals. Management is left without a complete understanding as to why portal technology matters. This book is designed to fill that gap.
Managers will appreciate the chapters on how to calculate the Return On Investment (ROI) on a portal implementation. Since portals tend not to be inexpensive, the practical knowledge in this area is beneficial. The author also mixes in a number of real-life case studies that will illustrate industry problems and how successful portal implementations solved those issues.
Project managers and portal architects will find even more highly practical information. The architecture of a portal design is examined, as well as the options present for implementation (such as J2EE vs. .Net). By the time the reader finishes the book, they should have a firm understanding of how to structure a portal architecture, as well as how functions such as searching and data warehousing fit into the picture. There is also good information on what types of requirements need to be gathered in order to successfully design an effective portal.
If you are a developer or administrator who is responsible for installing the actual portal software that is chosen, you might not find this book to your liking. Since much of the information is not tied to a specific brand of portal, it is not the book you will turn to for help in running the portal. But it is still advisable to understand the bigger picture, and this book can help you get there.
ConclusionIf you are an IT manager or a project lead who has been assigned to a portal project, this is the book you need to understand the overall implications of your portal implementation.