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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Project Management Professional Study Guide (Certification Press)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Joseph Phillips
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pass the CPMP exam on the first try? This is the book!!!


I was able to pass the PMI CPMP exam on the first try after 1.5 months of study using this book and PMI's PMBOK 2000. The companion CD-ROM was excellent since it had the complete book in PDF format for easy searching and practice exams to put ones knowledge to the test.

The paper copy of the book needs a more complete index. Also, there were a few errors in the self-test answers of the book. However, the overall quality of the material is excellent.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Michael Meyers
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book for passing A+ exam


The A+ certification exam is not easy. Using this book will help anyone pass. Michael Meyers has a great way of making topics that many would consider difficult easy. His style of writing does not make it boaring neither.
The first chapter gives an inside look of the PC. He quickly goes through the basic components. The second chapter on microprocessors is very good. He gives an explaination of how processors work and also the differences between each modern processor. In the third chapter he talks about RAM history and how it works. The fourth chapter gives a detailed explanation of the motherboard and the system BIOS. Chapter 5 is an excellent introduction to the expansion bus. This chapter is very important to understand. Chapter 6 - 8 are about power supplies, floppy and hard drives. These chapters give detailed explanations on each of these devices.
He then takes a break from hardware and jumps into software. Chapter 9 on DOS is excellent. It gives an overview of DOS commands and also explains the structure of DOS. The chapter on Windows 9x describes many parts of this OS and how to install and maintain it. The Windows 2000 section describes the differences of the Windows 9x and Windows NT operating systems. It also showed how to troubleshoot and maintain this OS. I felt the Windows 2000 information was a lot lighter than the other operating systems. Chapter 12 on memory managment will give the reader a very good understanding of how memory works in a PC.
The author then jumps back to hardware describing SCSI and the changes it has gone through over the years. The next few chapters go into some basic PC devices (CD-ROM, Sound Cards, Video Boards, Modems). Chapter 18 talks about Laptops. This chapter mostly talks about how laptops handle power management and PC cards. Chapter 19 on printers talks about printers ranging from dot matrix to laser printers. The chapter on networks could have been a bit longer and some of the protocols should have been given more detailed discussions.
The book is very good and the layout is perfect. The book is not structured as the test is (Hardware / Operating System). It goes into hardware then operating systems and back to hardware. This layout works because understanding some of the OS information will help the reader understand the setup of hardware devices like video and sound cards.
If you want to understand the PC or want to pass the A+ exam this book is an excellent choice. It is a great tutorial and reference. For even greater practice get the Lab Manual as well. With these two books you will pass.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Informative and Readable


I found this book to be very helpful in learning the basics of ASP. The information seemed to be thorough enough and was written in a very readable style. Thanks!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the vi Editor (6th Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Linda Lamb, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learn how to Master VI


I've been playing with Linux and BSD for a few years now, if your like like me you've played with emacs and vi, learned how to use the basic commands you needed at the time, and never took the time to really sit down and master one of the editors. I decided to get this book, sit down and take a few hours to learn how some of the lesser known vi fuctions could help free up some time. I highly recommend picking up this book, it is extremly useful, and the best part is the fact that it is a quick and interesting read!