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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Julie C. Meloni
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Nice Idea, poorly executed


I am about half way through this book and I have to say that while it is a good idea, the book is fraught with incomplete ideas and typos that have caused me significant frustration. For example, in hour 9 there is an exercise that has you saving state using a hidden form element -- which flat out doesn't work. At first I thought it was my typo, but then I tried to run the example file from the included CD, which also didn't work. AND the sample files from the CD are different (sometimes) than in the book. I have yet to get the email function working, though I have set everything up as describedin the book. And in Hour 10 the discussion of the is_executable() function completely fails to mention that it is not supported on Win32 systems.
I like the step-by-step approach, but have to say that these little oversights are incredibly frustrating.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: eBay for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Marsha Collier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Makes buying online auction items simpler than ever!


If there was such a thing as a self-improvement book for buying online auction items, this would be it! Not only did the authors devise a simple method of explaining the e-bay phenomenon, they have made it fun to read. What impressed me most about this book is its easy to understand format. No technical jargon, no complicated gobbly-goop, just plain talk with a splash of humor that makes buying from e-bay easier than ever. It included a lot of "insider tricks and tips" that increase the odds that you will get the item you want without overpaying. I recommend this book as a gift for anyone wanting to buy hard to find items. It's ideas for technophobics and seasoned computer users alike.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators Exam Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Daniel Benjamin
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators


While the book does an adequate job of covering the new features, there were many errors in the chapter quizzes, practice exams and on the CDROM quizzes. I wouldn't recommend buying the book if I had to do it over again. I would read the new features summary in the Oracle Documentation set and browse the checklist for the exam (from the Oracle Ed website). Overall, the best preparation I had was by attending some new features sessions at the IOUG conference in April. I passed, but probably could have passed as well without this book.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA: Cisco Certified Network Associate Study Guide, Deluxe Edition
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Todd Lammle
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Difficult for a beginner


I am a beginner in Cisco router and a non-English speaker. The first few chapters are good. However in the rest, especially the WAN part, I face a lot of problems in reading this book. The editors can use simple English and more diagrams to explain the difficult topics like Cisco Flash Card. Moreove the exercise sequence is not too match with the simulation program. If the editors can improve the above, this book is the great.