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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP: Project Management Professional Study Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Kim Heldman, PMP, Kim Heldman, Sybex
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Can use as a companion to the PMBOK Guide for the PMP.


The PMBOK Guide (by PMI) is essential in preparing for the PMP, but follows the 9 Knowledge Areas approach. The approach necessary to pass the test is the 5 Process Groups (plus Professional Responsibility) approach. This Study Guide takes the 5 Process Groups approach and hence clears the confusion one may experience in reading the PMBOK Guide. They also go into more depth than the PMBOK Guide as can be seen by the fact that the book has more than twice as many pages.
This Study Guide also has a CD-ROM with hundreds of practice questions (you can take 2 practice exams). The entire book is on the CD-ROM too. I have not tried their electronic flashcards for PCs and Palm Handhelds.
Considering everything that the book offers, it is a great buy at [this price]. Other CD-ROM software programs that offer practice tests are over $300. The only other book that will prove very useful on top of this book is Rita Mulcahy's 'PMP Exam Prep'. It is a bit more expensive but is of much higher quality in preparing for the PMP exam. This Study Guide is wonderful as a secondary preparation material to Rita's book. Read my reviews of her book to get more info on preparing for the PMP. I always use multiple study guides to get multiple perspectives when preparing for an exam. So, if you can afford it, I would recommend both books for your PMP preparation. But if you want to invest in only one study guide, I would say get Rita's PMP Exam Prep.
Good luck on the PMP!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop CS Down & Dirty Tricks
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Cool Effects = Good Book


As with the previous versions of ths book, Kelby does not let us down. This book takes off where D&DT for Photoshop 7 took off. Kelby's approach to writing these books is excellent. He has a great sense of humor throughout all of his books. What makes this book so helpful is that it gives you an easy step-by-step instruction to putting together many of today's widely used or popular effects.

My only complaint is that some of the effects he chose to recreate are a little lame, almost too easy to recreate if you try at all. Though many of these effects build on more advanced techniques, a user with a rough experience in Photoshop can recreate most of the effects with easy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Group Policy, Profiles, and IntelliMirror for Windows 2003, Windows 2000, and Windows XP (Mark Minasi Windows Administrator Library)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jeremy Moskowitz, Sybex
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome Book! A MUST Have!


I also agree with the other reviewers that this book is an absolute MUST for any Windows administrator. It's easy to read & reference no matter what your level of expertise with GPOs. It's helped me out on more than a few occasions. What more can be said that hasn't yet? If you work with GPOs you MUST have this book! Thanks for a great book Jeremy!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Handbook of Statistical Analyses Using SAS, Second Edition
Publisher: Chapman & Hall/CRC
Authors: Geoff Der, Brian S. Everitt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
statistical applications in SAS explained with examples


Brian Everitt is the author of several very well-written statistical texts. Among them he has written a number that show how to implement statistical analyses usimg statistical software packages. This second edition of "A Handbook of Statistical Analyses using SAS" he has coauthored with Geoff Der.
As a SAS user, I find this book very handy along with other similar texts that I have on the use of SAS. What is particularly good about this book is that it serves as a guide to the use of various SAS procedures and also as an illustration of appropriate statistical approaches to real applications using SAS.
It starts out with a nice introduction to the SAS prrogramming language and its syntax and progresses through simple descriptive statistics to categorical data analysis to regression and analysis of variance and then on to more advanced topics, including survival analysis, logistic regression, generalized linear models,longitudinal data analysis, principle components, factor analysis and cluster analysis. Appendices provide SAS MACROs and SAS solutions to exercises in the text.
What is particularly good about this book, that may set it apart from some of the others, is the expert statistical advice about the implementation and interpretation of results in SAS. They provide excellent scholarly references to the statistical literature to support their advice. As an example, I particularly liked their discussion of Type I and Type III sum of squares in the analysis of variance. They give a clear explanation of what each means and when they are equivalent and when they are different. In addition, they present their own view as to which is the appropriate one to use in given situations and support their view with quotes from other researchers. Opposing positions are also mentioned and referenced.