After seeing Emmett Dulaney’s latest selections for “Books of the Week” in his latest CertCities.com Certs Column, I sent him the following e-mail:
When I came up with the idea for the Exam Cram series in 1996, I was unable to sell the concept to any of the big publishers. Today, it’s part of the Pearson Education family of imprints and still going strong. Nice to see your capsule summary of the original concept in your latest CertCities column, which reads “The third edition of the Network+ Exam Cram by Mike Harwood is a good study book for someone who has been implementing and administering networks for quite some time and now just wants to get certified in it. [italics added here for emphasis]” That impetus drove me to create this series, and it’s nice to see it’s still alive and well, even though I’m no longer involved in it day-to-day.
Hope all is well with you, too.
Indeed, it is nice to see that people still understand why I was compelled to create this series of books in the first place. I was frustrated that somebody like myself — an experienced professional with a good technical background who just wanted to know how best to deal with an upcoming cert exam — had to purchase and wade through a great, big, expensive study guide simply to glean the information about what was on the exam and how best to prepare for its rigors and questions.
If you’re looking for a good tool for cert exam preparation and an Exam Cram is available on your exam topic, it’s probably worth a once-over in a nearby bookstore, or a trip to Amazon to see if it gets mostly picks, or mostly pans. When its rating is mostly positive (like the Harwood book to which Dulaney rightly gives the nod in his column) it can be a valuable addition to your arsenal of cert prep tools.