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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Jon Erickson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
You have to be a programmer to understand this book

Good, but difficult to follow unless you are a programmer. But I didn't learn a great deal from it and enjoyed the challenge.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows XP Inside Out, Second Edition (Inside Out)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ed Bott, Carl Siechert, Craig Stinson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A useful resource, if you don't mind a bit of flagshipping

This book gives an in depth look at the new OS from MSoft. I read this book front to back and was pleased with it's offering(s) . It's focused more on XP pro, but as you will read; there's not much difference between them. This book is useful to both owners. A great reference, bring a hi-liter! Great depth into security issues for the Sys Admin, and home user. Versatility is covered when they stop the after-selling every 5-10 pages. Most of us bought it for what the authors are re-instating. Either way, If you look for knowledge and insight to your new OS, you WILL be happy with this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams, 2nd Ed.
Publisher: Dorset House Publishing Company, Incorporated
Authors: Tom Demarco, Timothy Lister
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Deep, accurate, pleasant to read

The main goal of this book is that it encourages the software developers and their management to think deeply about they way they create the software. Software development is the "research", not the "production", and the stimulus and processes that work well in for example metallurgy will harm software development. The authors show the consequences of borrowing organizational processes from other areas to software. They encourage to focus on the people rather than to process. The software developers aren't "replaceable units", "plastic uniformed people".
Although the textual work of the authors is marvelous, the quality of the printed book (paperback edition) is awful. The paper is thin and translucent, showing the lines from the other pages, the interline spacing is too low, turning a page to a big mess. That was the only reason I've rated the book as four-stars.
The information in this book is very accurate, without pure assertions. The authors always are giving full references if they are providing figures or studies. The authors have a good sense of humor, and it is the great pleasure to read this book. The information is given in the very dense manner: the other authors might have needed ten volumes to express what Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister has put in this small book.
I strongly recommend this book to any individual involved in software development, as well as "Agile Software Development" by Alistair Cockburn. These books aren't from "ten steps to success" series. They encourage deep, creative approach to the topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Search Engine Optimization for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Peter Kent
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Decent starter book

This book, as its title suggests, is a very basic overview of search engine marketing. It will give you the knowledge you need to read more detailed books on the subject.

The one thing I did not like about this book is that it seems as though the writer wrote it so that you could literally read chapter 4 without having to have read the previous chapters. It actually repeats entire sections.

It's decent if your looking for basic.