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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network+ Certification for Dummies (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
All you need to pass exam

Hats off to Mr Gilster again. I also used his A+ book which I found excellent. Although N+ is generally an excellent book, I do have a few niggles. It seems that the book was probably rushed out as there are numerous errors including some wrong answers. I was also frustrated to find that although the book claims to be validated by Sento for technical accuracy with updates supposedly at their site, a visit to the site proved otherwise as this book is not registered with them. Once you know the material the errors should be easy to spot as a lot of material is repeated in the different chapters that it relates to. I sat the N+ course which used Wave Tech course material, however, I used Dummies to study for the exam and got 92%. One word of advice, even though Ron says the exam covers only the first 4 OSI layers, know the rest as they turned up as wrong answers on my test.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Digital Lighting & Rendering
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jeremy Birn
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing Book A must read

I just finished reading this book.
It is amazing to say the least.
Anyone interested in 3D should read this book.
It is well written and easy to read.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Network Programming
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Readable, well-indexed and complete

This is undoubtedly one of the finest computer books I have ever owned. It is readable enough to use as a textbook, but well-indexed and complete enough to use as a reference. I bought my copy in 1991, and it is almost falling apart. Colleagues are constantly borrowing it, and they usually go out and get their own copy (after I tell them that they may NOT take it home). When Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment came out, a co-worker and I both decided that we would, on faith, "plunk down the 50+ bucks to own it, too". It has also proven to be readable and useful. I took a week-long class in network programming shortly after I bought the Unix Network Programming book, and I took it along, thinking I might need it. The instructor saw the book, picked it up and said "This is THE definitive reference on network programming in Unix. Any problem I have had, I have been able to find a solution in this book!" (All of this was before Steven's series of 3 volumes came out). Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to go arm-wrestle one of our student interns for my copy of Unix Network Programming...

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems, Eighth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: C.J. Date
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A "must have" for data management professionals

As one of E.F. Codd's closest associates Chris Date has long provided the world with some of the most insightful writings on the relational model of data management. Much to their proponents chagrin, he also writes incisively about the various "improvements" to the relational model.
Those who are looking for a cookbook approach to any specific DBMS platform will be sorely disapointed. This book will not help you obtain your MCDBA, OCP, or any other alphabet-soup certification. However, for anyone looking for a firm foundation of data management fundamentals and the practical implications of such, this is THE book to read.
Chris' style of writing tends to be a bit academic and precise. This quality does turn some folks off, but it is this quality that makes his writing so valuable. Read it, re-read it and learn this stuff! No one can seriously consider themselves a data management professional without a good grasp of the material in this book. This is the book that other authors refer to when they want to get their facts straight.