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CIW Foundations for Dummies (For Dummies (Computers)) [Paperback]

Sharon Roark , Tom Devine
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30 April 2002 0764516353 978-0764516351 Pap/Cdr
This friendly guide covers the essentials a CIW candidate needs to know to get ready for and pass the Foundations exam. CIW Foundations For Dummies follows the courses a CIW candidate can take to prepare for the exam –– Internet, Web page authoring, and networking fundamentals.

This book covers the CIW Foundations (ID0–410) exam.

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  • Paperback: 456 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; Pap/Cdr edition (30 April 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764516353
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764516351
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,489,294 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Your friendly guide to CIW Foundations exam success

CD–ROM includes hundreds of sample exam questions

The fun and easy way to study for the exam – all the rewards in half the time!

Here′s the CIW Foundations test–prep guide you′ve been waiting for – a For Dummies book–and–software package that actually makes studying fun. Prepared by CIW–certified experts and packed with proven tips and practice exams, it′s all you need to get up to speed on the Internet, Web page authoring, and networking fundamentals – and pass the test.

All this on the bonus CD–ROM
∗ Dummies Test Engine, our exclusive, fully customizable test–prep software featuring hundreds of sample questions
∗ Plus Apache and Macromedia trial versions of ColdFusion Server Enterprise, FreeHand, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, Macromedia Flash, and more

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About the Author

SHARON ROARK is a certified Master CIW Professional and trainer who coaches CIW candidates and teaches courses in using Web design software.

TOM DEVINE is a CIW–certified Web Design Professional.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My first aid guide! 21 Feb 2003
By A Customer
This book saved me the trouble of having to pay for another examination, after weighing up the costs of that and this book, it was by far the better option!!
After reading through all the course materials the reason I chose this book as opposed to any of the others on CIW Foundations is because the last thing I wanted was another huge thick book to have to trawl my way through, and overall I find the Dummies books to be very user-friendly. It gives handy hints as regards what Prosoft wants you to know, with a splendid CD-Rom which includes plenty of practice exam questions and other useful tools without having to fork out any more money. Coupled with the very useful information on how to prepare for the exam itself along with a tear-out "cheat" sheet at the front to enable you to study practically anywhere, when you get the odd spare moment, it really made my life a lot easier. In fact this book practically became my life-line during my studying!
However, the only word of caution I would add is that perhaps because this book is fairly new, they haven't quite ironed out all the proof-reading errors, and as it originates from the US, they had a rather annoying habit of using the word "most" in place of "almost". But this is a minor inconvenience worth overlooking, as it really was the better option for me anyway, because I passed first time round!! Hurrah!!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CIW Foundations Course by ProSoft 15 Jun 2004
By A Customer
I found this book was excellent. Especially when it came to revising for the CIW Foundations exam. Focus was given to points that would and did come up in the exam, alternative ways to digest the information were given along with questions at the end of each chapter. I loved this book and highly recommend it. I got 80% in the CIW Foundations exam and I owe it to this book. It is by no means suitable as the only book of study though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars test engine very helpful 6 May 2002
By Zelda Huffman - Published on
This book explains all the objectives Prosoft has on their web site for the Foundations exam, plus a few others that are on the test but not specifically listed. It's very easy to understand and does a great job at detailing all the important concepts on the exam. The thing I like most is the test engine that comes on the CD. I took at least 4 sample tests and got new questions each time. I think the best way to get yourself ready for the test is to take practice exams and this one must have a lot of questions on the CD so you can take it over and over. It also lists a lot of good exam preparation sites that have good sample tests.
Since I was on a really tight budget when I decided to take this test (and the test costs 125 dollars!) I got this book because it was one of the cheapest ones. Even at this price, it did the trick. I read it over the weekend, went through lots of the practice exams it comes with, and just passed the exam with 92%.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Preparation Book 26 April 2002
By Cassandra Brown - Published on
I just got this book a few days ago. I pretty much read it cover-to-cover although I was pretty familiar with about half of the information -- the networking info was new to me. I was really happy to see how the author explains the networking concepts so easily. Every other book I looked at for CIW Foundations Exam was a little confusing when it came to things like the OSI model. This is the only one I've found that breaks it down so it's actually understandable! I took my exam today and got a 94% -- every question on the exam I took was covered in this book -- but a couple of the questions were a little tricky. I know they rotate through a large pool of questions, but this book, IMO, was a lifesaver that didn't waste my time explaing unneeded theories.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great info at a good price 29 April 2002
By "cameroncameron" - Published on
When I bought this book, I assumed, since it was cheaper than the other Foundations books, that it wouldn't be as good as one of the more expensive ones (like the Bible book, which I also bought). I was surprised, though, at how good it is. The thing I like the most is that it gets right to the point. It doesn't cover things you don't need to know for the test, but covers everything you do need to know. I couldn't find any errors to speak of, which right away makes it better than the other books on this topic I've seen. It's easy to read, sometimes funny and covers all the info without wasting your time.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for an overview 21 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Having finished CIW Foundations for Dummies, I can recommend this book to anyone who is a beginner or completely new to web design/Internet certifications. There were bits of humor sprinkled throughout and I found the writing easy to get into. Before I knew it, I finished the 400+ pages within a week. I will add that you may want to find supplemental information off the Internet. The author offers a broad overview of network architecture, security, HTML authoring and Internet fundamentals with occasional detailed looks on certain topics. By books end, you should be ready (or close to it) to pass the Foundations exam. Caveat emptor for the seasoned professional or one with even intermediate level knowledge, you may find yourself wishing for something meatier and more technically accurate.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Web designer + this book = passing score (87%) 13 Oct 2003
By Michael - Published on
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I'm a self-taught web designer/developer/programmer -- I have too many titles, I guess. I've been developing websites and multimedia for 5 years, and this was the first time I took to get a certification (cheap employer wouldn't ante up for training). ...
I read this book in about 3-4 days combined time and learned quite a bit about things I already new a little about with regards to networking fundamentals (part III of the book). I do a lot of default technical support in my office as the computer nerd, but this section really helped explain some things that I'd never really taken time to learn about networking.
The HTML fundamentals section (part II) is the easiest section to get through, regardless of experience. It's also the least important of the 3 sections in the certification exam. Don't speed loads of time on this section.
The Internet fundamentals (part I) section was pretty decent, and it highlighted a lot of the networking information you'll learn in the third portion of the book. This section was most annoying because I learned that the people who run the CIW certifications have some really weird ways of referring to things (the chapter on domains and URLs was a little wonky because of THEIR terminology).
The author takes a lighthearted approach to the topics and inserts the occasional funny here and there that makes the reading go by quicker. I was disappointed that some of the helpful websites were no longer up and running (it's an old edition by Internet standards), and the CD-ROM testing application was so-so.
Specifically, in regards to the CD-ROM testing, some answers which were right were counted as wrong, there was no set time limit on the testing engine, and the testing engine basically mixed and matched (with some repetition) 298 questions from the three areas of the exam. Thankfully, the questions were close enough to those at my testing center that I felt confident I was on the right track while taking the exam.
For these reasons, I gave the book a 4 rating and would recommend it to anyone wanting the basics for sorting out the CIW Foundations certification lingo in order to pass successfully. I think I'd have gotten a slightly better score if I'd read a second book and/or spent more time on the networking fundamentals.
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