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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Clearly the Favorite

With regard to content, Harris' CISSP Guide is, in a word, outstanding. CISSP material is on the dry side so the book breaks the monotony by interspersing the content with amusing anecdotes. Note: If you are one of those people who just cannot accept that a technical book can be anything other than *dry* & boring, then go buy Krutz & Vines CISSP Prep Guide. While I found that title informative it was *extremely* challenging to stay awake to read it.
In all matters of practicality, reading both Harris' & Krutz & Vine's CISSP books were largely informative exercises for me because I don't plan on dropping the $400 bucks to take the exam. The economy simply doesn't warrant the expense. There *are* no jobs in security because all the good paying highly skilled positions are being outsourced & offshored to 3rd world scab nations at the fastest rate Congre$$ enables them to be.
Furthermore, what's the point of putting your all into studying and securing professional certifications if the best you can do is flipping burgers at $6.00/hr. Don't kid yourself - that's what the United States is depreciating to. It's a race to the bottom where the multibillion dollar transnational corporations have carte blanche to shop the planet for the *cheapest* labor and couldn't care less about American jobs.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not for beginners!

I am new to VB, but not new to learning, and I found this to be one of the most frustrating books I've ever tried to learn from. It is being used by the college I'm attending in an accelerated program, much to my dismay. I spent a lot of money, blood, sweat and tears for a class in which I learned very little. I lay most of the blame on this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good overview ,but not really a technical book.

This ia a good book for newbies to embedded systems. It gives hints on where to begin if you were working on a kit, but it will not help you if you were developing your own embedded system.
A book on microprocessors (Intel's 8088 for example) and a book on c++ or assembly would be a better start to learn about programming embedded systems. If you had a kit, just read all the manuals and you would have practically the same information presented in this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definitely a very good one for Java cert.

I've passed the exam at the first try with 75%(real%).