Books To Read
An important part of your professional library
- O'Reilly technical books - these often are the most comprehensive
books on their subject matter. Often, they are better than the
technical manual provided by the vendor. If you visit
are listed under Books, Computers and Internet, Best of O'Reilly
section, or from there, you can pick the O'Reilly Store. If you prefer
to get them straight from the publisher, try O'Reilly Books.
- IDG books makes the Dummies series of books - i.e.
Windows for Dummies, Flash for Dummies, Visual C++ for Dummies. They
also make a helpful series of books under the Visual
line, which are a little more advanced. I like their easy step-by-step
approach. Of course, you'll outgrow the books quickly, since they make
it so easy to learn the subject. That's OK. Just bring your Dummies
books to a Job Fairy meeting with you and give them to the newbies. Or
take them to work with you and give them to the women in your office
who are just starting their own IT careers.
- QUE - also makes a comprehensive list of technical books. Most of
the Job Fairies that have system administrator or network engineer
type jobs get
the Que books on the latest operating systems (i.e. NT 4.0,
Windows 2000) and use them until they're dog-eared and coffee stained.
For the technical professional who is serious about getting the job
- SAMS - has a variety of books on technical subjects - our
favorites are the "Teach yourself (technology goes here) in 21
days" series. Check out the SAMS website for the latest
titles. Available through Amazon as well.
- Exam Cram - if you are trying to pass the MCSE tests, you need to
get these books.
Also available at CompUSA in boxed sets, with a discount.
- another got to have if you are going to pass the MCSE tests. These
are exams with similar style and content to the real exams you will be
taking. There are 4 levels of difficulty within the practice tests -
once you can blow away the most difficult level, you should be able to
pass the certification tests. Highly recommended.
- MCSE Brain Dump sites - passing the MCSE exam can be difficult. So
there are people out there who have taken the exam, memorized a lot of
the questions, and then posted them on these discussion boards so that
others will know what they're up against. The Job Fairies are not
going to directly link to any of these sites, as Microsoft does not
approve of the practice. However, a lot of people do it, and a lot of
them passed because they knew what questions to expect. We do not
condone or decry the practice. We are simply letting you know that
this is what you're up against, and if you want to search these sites,
you can do a Google search on "mcse brain dump". Why would you go to a
brain dump site if you could use Transcender tests instead? Because at
the time of writing, a MCSE (Windows 4.0) makes about $64K, and a
Windows 2000 MCSE makes $68K and up. If you're not already making in
the mid 60's...
You've seen articles by the author on this site - now buy the book!
Mike Caro, The Book of Tells
Gavin De Becker, The Gift of Fear
Gavin De Becker, Protecting the Gift
Gavin De Becker, Fear Less
Gavin De Becker, Beauty Bites Beast
Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, The Rules
Ellen Fein and Sherrie Schneider, The Rules II
Jodie-Beth Galos and Sandie McIntosh, Firing Back
All Books by Robert Hochheiser
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Art of War
Niccolo Machiavelli, Discourses
The Complete Collection of O'Reilly Technical Books
Sun-Tzu, The Art of War, Karl Von Clausewitz version
Sun-Tzu, The Art of War, Samuel B. Griffith version
The Top 50 Computer Book Titles
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review/analysis in the guest article section, please contact us - we'd
love to link back to your site and feature your latest book.
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