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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
confusing and time-consuming


This is a good book if you want to understand the concepts of EM but it's lacking when you actually want to begin doing some problems. None of the answers are supplied in the back of the book. Be prepared to spend a lot of time in your professors office if you're using this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
cryptography section excelent


Overall the book is good. I prefer the "The CISSP Prep Guide: Gold Edition by Wiley" for CISSP exam preparation. However Shon Harris's coverage of cryptography is excelent. The book font is small, which makes it hard to read. Also Shon sometimes tend to repeat things.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the books I've ever read.


To learn thinking is the main way to learn programing. This book is not a C++ reference. Programing is not connected with any particular language.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Server+ Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brad Hryhoruk, Diana Bartley, Quentin Docter
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Better, but still needs improving & coordination


Having bought the 1st edition by Govanus, I was unpleasantly surprised by its insufficient content and rambling commentary about the author's experiences. When I saw the bad reviews it got, I decided to try Sybex again and buy this 2nd edition by the Klingon sounding Hryhoruk. It was definitely better and worth the expense. BUT, after having passed all the chapter exams with scores of 95 or 100, I failed one of the two final exams on the included CD, which asked a significant number of questions that were NOT covered by the 2nd edition, but were covered on the 1st edition! It seems that Sybex decided to use/recycle questions from its 1st edition in the 2nd edition without coordinating or checking on their relevance. This can be very upsetting on the day before taking the real exam! You need to find at least one other source of study, since I found this 2nd edition Sybex book to be really lacking in the troubleshooting part of the exam, which I failed. Fortunately, my strengths in the other areas brought my overall exam score up to 81%, so I did get the Server+ certification. Since troubleshooting is essential in real life, Sybex has to get this part improved so that you don't suffer from the paper certification syndrome of good theoretical knowledge, but little practical application.