Mike Meyers' Certification Passport (2nd Ed.) vs. A+ All-In-One Certification (5th Ed.)

Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Gondo, Jul 3, 2005.

  1. Gondo

    Gondo Guest

    I'm familiar with Mike's All-In-One book (the A+ "bible"), but just picked
    up the Passport book at my local library today and it looks fairly
    comprehensive. But I noticed a mistake in the answers to the first chapter
    review questions, that said a parallel port is 36-pin instead of 25.

    There seems to be a lot more negative reviews of this book on Amazon vs.
    All-In-One. I like being able to pack a decent-sized paperback vs. lug
    around a huge hardback, but more importantly, will this book be effective in
    helping me pass the A+ exams, or should I stick with the All-In-One? Was
    curious as to why Mike offered this book, when the All-In-One edition is so
    comprehensive and recommended.

    Any readers of the Passport book please weigh in, thanks...
    Gondo, Jul 3, 2005
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  2. I am reading it right now, i have noticed a couple of discrepencies but
    nothing serious, its small and compact and great for between appointment

    Chris Oldroyd, Jul 3, 2005
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  3. The Centronics end of a parallel cable IS 36 pin.

    Tom MacIntyre, Jul 3, 2005
  4. My understanding of this is that the Passport book is intended for
    someone who is experienced, to allow him/her to brush up on things,
    while the AIO is for someone starting fresh.

    Tom MacIntyre, Jul 3, 2005
  5. Gondo

    rainman Guest

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    The AIO book is far more thorough, and is a handy reference as well as a
    study guide. I consider myself experienced, but still found the AIO more
    useful than the Passport book, because it was easy to skip over the
    stuff I didn't need to brush up on. The 5th edition has a few typos, but
    I spotted them easily, and nothing serious enough to give you misleading
    information for the exam.


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    rainman, Jul 4, 2005
  6. Gondo

    JohnO Guest

    In addition, Mike doesn't write all the Passport books. His name is on them,
    but a lot of those words aren't his. I don't have the A+ one handy, so I
    don't know about it specifically.

    -John O
    JohnO, Jul 6, 2005
  7. Gondo

    Linker3000 Guest

    You are right - a lot of the work is subcontracted to others in the field.
    Linker3000, Jul 6, 2005
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