I found this book exceedingly useful. It is incredibly thorough, as are all the titles that I have read in the series. The exercises and the tests were a useful alternative to the online tests available. Unless you have broadband of cheap/free access then these will serve instead of the online tests. Tests and lab materials are available through the accompanying CD. Not cheap at £35+ retail, cheaper from someone like Amazon of course. Like the Site Designer Bible, I would say that this is a book that would serve as a good reference book beyond the exam, so you might want to buy and keep this one!
I have bought many books from Wiley over the years, mainframe programming books included and have found that they just do not publish rubbish. When I see that they are the publishers, I know that I have got a book I can trust. When I was taking these course modules I found that although the reference material provided probably did have everything I would need for the exam, finding it was a problem. Also, some things were skimmed in the course and although the material made sense at the time I was a bit lost or unsure when revising. So I needed some alternative source material. These Certification Bibles worked a treat. They are not exactly the lightest books to read, but they are packed full. I would say that they are all comprehensive in their coverage, well structured (albeit differently ordered than my own course material) and designed. Yes, you can learn from them as a starter, but best of all they are comprehensive enough to work as reference books beyond your exam. Despite years, or maybe because of years of experience with some tools and languages, I reckon that a good reference book or two on anything you know are invaluable. Pass an exam with a simple beginners book and the first thing you'll want to do is buy a more expensive and thorough book. These books comfortable embrace both needs. In conclusion, I would recommend all of these books as a valuable addition to the CIW Certification course material. They are expensive, but you get a lot for your money. Additionally these books will serve as good reference books once you have your certification!