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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is a great book!


This book is, like I said above, great. I'm only 13 years old (no joke.) I was getting really sick of sci-fi one day and was looking for Joseph Heller books at our bookstore, when I spied this one. The title was what really grabbed me. Godel I had never heard of. Escher is (I think) the greatest artist that has ever lived, same for Bach only music. Also the subtitle, which compared it to the works of Lewis Carroll, who I think is a very good author and mathemetician (sp?). It took me two readings to fully comprehend this book. The translating of zen koans into the prepositional calculus explained in this book is both hard to understand (for me, at least) and interesting. This book didn't really change my life; the only book that has ever done that to me is maybe the Illuminatus! trology. But this was one of the best books that I have ever read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Excel 2002 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book--highly recommended


I am a real estate finance analyst and researcher who wanted more control over the manipulation of my data in Excel as well as learning how to create user forms. John Walkenbach's "Excel 2002 Power Programming with VBA" was an informative and excellent resource that taught me most of what I was looking for. Walkenbach begins with a brief explanation of Excel and the fundamentals of object-oriented programming (OOP), which underpins VBA. The reader has to be patient and be willing to experiment; working through Walkenbach's examples with Excel open is almost a must.
There are several issues that I would like to point out. One reviewer was upset over the fact that Walkenbach did not offer some utilities from the book's CDs for free. I did not try any of the utilities because I was more interested in the book's actual contents and explanations. Walkenbach does, however, offer the reader a full and unrestricted PDF version of the book in the CD, which I think is mighty generous of him. Instead of lugging the +1,000 page book, I sometimes leave the PDF version on my laptop so I could always have it with me. Lastly, I use Excel 97 at work and Excel X on the Mac at home, and despite some minor incompatibility issues, I would say that the book for the most part could be used for all versions of Excel 97 and up.
BTW, I would also recommend "Excel 2002 VBA" by Bullen, Green, Bovey, and Rosenberg published by Worx Press for a more advanced treatment of VBA.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Information Systems Security Officer's Guide: Establishing and Managing an Information Protection Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Authors: Gerald L. Kovacich, Gerald Kovacich
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
At last - practical guidelines about a InfoSec program!


Greater than I expected. Well thoughtout and organized; written in simple, clear language; good advice and guidelines for the new ISSO; excellent examples of using management techniques and tools for establishing an effective InfoSec program; forward looking, expecially the chapter on 21st Century Challenges for the ISSO. This is a one-of-a-kind book for the InfoSec professional and a must reading by all people interested in an InfoSec career. Even the experienced ISSO can find great value in this book. If an ISSO followed the guidance offered, success is almost a certainty. A book that should be adopted for required study in business management, computer science, and information security courses.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000/Visual Basic for Applications Fundamentals
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Evan Callahan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent at the Fundamentals


I tried a "Dummies" book when trying to first learn Access programming (albeit Access '97) and found that the "Dummies" book presumed too much and was riddled with errors. Although this book is only aimed at "fundamentals" of writing code with Access 2000, it does a great job; I have worked through 3 of the 4 parts so far and have only found one error; the explanations are clear, the steps simple, and the practicality of everything that is taught is great. A person will want to go on from here but this is as fast and as clear as the beginner wants to go. I noticed another reviewer saying the book was expensive but I disagree - when anything is this clear and useful, esp. for beginners, it is worth it in all the saved time and frustration. Good job, Mr. Callahan and thanks for making my days.