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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Voice over IP Fundamentals
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jonathan Davidson, James Peters, Brian Gracely
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Voice over IP Fundamentals

This book is a must for engineers in VoIP field, though it lacks in-depth configuration guides like the CCNA & CCNP study guides do. Also it lacks recent developements on VoDSL and VoIP in HFC area. The seventh chapter on IP overview is not required as the readers are assumed to be fluent with the OSI seven layers ! Rather, I would like to see an in-depth descrption (with diagrams of course !) of the RTP protocol. Besides, the book lacks the description on the VoIP hardware equipment, like Cisco 2600, 3800, AS5300. On the whole I find this book useful but you must supplement your reading with the Cisco configuration guides found in CCO.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: High-Speed Digital Design: A Handbook of Black Magic
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Howard Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best electronics book I've read this year

Johnson's book is amazingly clear and easy to read given the complexity of the subject. He uses many diagrams and useful metaphors to get his point across, without burying the reader in the complex math that actually underlies much of the subject. Anyone engaged in board-level design (or ASIC design for that matter) should read this book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MP - Systems Analysis & Design w/Proj Cases CD
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/Irwin
Authors: Jeffrey L Whitten, Lonnie D. Bentley, Kevin Dittman, Jeffrey Whitten, Lonnie Bentley, Kevin Dittman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the Best!

If you are serious about systems analysis and design methods, then you need this book. It covers many important methodologies that are in use today by systems analysts. I let two of my co-workers read it who have years experience in IS, and they have since bought it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pragmatic Project Automation: How to Build, Deploy, and Monitor Java Apps
Publisher: The Pragmatic Programmers
Authors: Mike Clark
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Will save you time and trouble. Highly recommended.

This book will save you from hours of work and from many headaches. Mike Clark's "Pragmatic Project Automation" will show you how to automate any aspect of your project that you find repetitive.

Clark starts by describing how to automate a build script using Ant. There are entire books on this subject but "Pragmatic Project Automation" does a great job of distilling the essentials of what you need to know to get started (and for most projects in total). Once you have an automated build, the next step is having it run automatically. Clark describes how to do this with Cruise Control, a tool that will build a system whenever new code gets checked in.

This book goes well beyond just automated builds, however. We next learn how to automate releases, including generating all necessary distribution files. Next up are how to automate the installation and deployment processes. Finally we learn how to monitor both our build process and our deployed applications. The book even goes so far as to tell us how to monitor the build process with a pair of lava lamps.

I highly recommend this book to anyone working with Java applications of any size.