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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: RADIUS
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Hassell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good overview and reference


Let me just compare one sentence from the book and RFC:
The book, page 20:Authenticator... In this field, the most important octet is transmitted before any other ...
RFC 2865, page 15:Authenticator... The most significant octet is transmitted first. ...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Browsers are Ready for CSS1


I realize that this book was originally published in 2000, and that CSS2 has been released, but it usually takes a while for the industry to catch up to new technologies. It's time to start using Cascading Style Sheets. If you've been skeptical, so have I. I've tested most of the examples in this book in Netscape 4.76, and IE 5.5, and most of them worked in the older Netscape Browser! All examples that I tested worked in IE 5.5. I always keep myself a few revs back on the Netscape side, and use it as a floor for testing. If it runs there, I feel that it's safe to use. (I really only test with Netscape and IE, I gave up on AOL long ago...)
Mr. Meyer does an awesome job presenting the material in this book, and all of the examples are extremely useful. The book is well thought out and organized, and lacks nothing. I read it sitting in front of my computer so that I could implement the examples as I went along. I was really excited about being able to finally use CSS confidently in new Web sites, and this book shows the way.
I'm not sure if the Browsers are ready for CSS2 yet, but I can say that I've already bought Mr. Meyer's new book on the subject, having been thoroughly impressed with his first.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA Certification Library (CCNA Self-Study, exam #640-801)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive study guide


I used these two books to refresh and expand my knowledge. They helped me study and pass the two CCNA tests in a few weeks.

Any study guide is only useful when used in combination with your technical experience. My Cisco knowledge was not recent (I spent the last two years in graduate business school).
The books were very helpful is decomposing the exams into their different components, covering the basics and diving into more complex issues, allowing me to focus where I needed to.
I recommend using these books in addition to real practice or simulators. Also do not forget to check the Cisco Press website for erratas (they matter) and updated software.
I only found one question in the two tests combined that was not covered by the CCNA certification library.



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
Helped me to grok vi


This book is a great intro to vi for beginners and is an excellent desktop reference for people to keep handy. I keep it handy because I cannot always remember that obscure command that will rearrange my document with little effort.