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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LPIC I Exam Cram 2 : Linux Professional Institute Certification Exams 101 and 102 (Exam Cram 2)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ross Brunson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is the book you need for the LPI 101/102 exam


Having spent a good deal of time looking for the book that would help me pass the exam, I think I just found it! I have purchased many books on the subject of Linux, but none that really fits the bill with regard to taking the exam. I am a Novell CNI who is really going to have get to grips with Linux now that Novell has SuSE in its portfolio. This book isn't just for exam takers, its great to get to know linux for the novice. Plenty of good real world tips, exam questions, and an exam simulator. Many technical books are just right to put you to sleep of an evening, I found it very readable, well structured, without having to religously follow the chapter sequence.My advice is to buy it if you are serious about the LPI qualification!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Networking book there is.


I am student at the University of Massachusetts and I had James Kurose, the co-author of this book, as the professor for my computer networking class. Not only was the class excellent, but the book was also. Everything is explained very clearly and proficiently. The book is not math-based which makes it much easier reading and great as an introductory book. There are lots of concrete analogies and examples used in the book to help the reader understand the more complex concepts. Since taken the class I've read through computer networks by Andrew S. Tanenbaum and although that it is a good book I would not recommend it for those who are just being introduced to the world of networking. The online supplementary content that comes with the book is also very beneficial and complement the book well.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Concepts of Programming Languages, Sixth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Robert W. Sebesta
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
From A Student


This book doesn't do much for the student... What good are exercises without answers? A strong glossary also would help infinitely. You do need a great deal of prior experience in C based languages to really benefit from the examples.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fascinating!


Fantastic introduction to science of cryptography and it's history. Goes into a lot of information about how various codes work, how they're broken, and so on.
I only have a couple of criticisms of the book, namely that it leaves out some very important encryption systems. Very little is talked about the coding systems used by the US and the Allies, and by the Japanese, in WWII. The use of the Navaho language is extensively covered, but the more traditional systems are hardly mentioned. Also, there is virtually no mention at all about how modern symmetric cyphers, such as DES or the new AES (Rjindael).
All in all though, a great read an a good introduction to the field and it's history.