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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Greatest Book of All Time on C!

Despite the fact that this book is eleven years old it is still the BEST book on programming in C and will always be. It explains every part of a program clearly. But I would recommend taking a class in programming before reading this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

No where have I found a book that includes so much information on the subject. Really a great resource.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
OK Book, Could Stand Improvement

I picked up this book as I have recently started working in my first Web Development job. We're a J2EE shop, and I needed a reference to pick up the J2EE APIs that we didn't cover in school (ie..EJBs, RMI, etc...). The book offers a lot of information, but you can get a lost in the coding examples. For example, in learning RMI, I found myself getting somewhat lost because I didn't have a background in Swing, which the book employs throughout much of the examples in the book.
My suggestion to the publishers is to stay focused on the basics of the technology (ie RMI) so you can see clearly how to set up a program for RMI. Then, maybe employ the Swing (and whatever other APIs) as a 2nd or 3rd coding example.
It's not a bad book, but I found the Java 2 Enterprise Edition Bible (Couch) easier to understand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
strong review guide for a comprehensive exam

This is a strong review guide that correlates perhaps 90% with the contents of the comprehensive CISSP exam. As a hands-on professional with decades' worth of security experience and in-the-trenches development of secure OS, comm protocols, and RDBMS, I was frustrated at the manner in which the book glossed over some material and, indeed, made frank errors here and there. (This is why I withheld the fifth star from my rating.) However, considering its purpose--which is to provide balanced coverage of the numerous exam areas--it does a very good job. Of course, the book isn't all you need, and I disagree for two reasons with the assertion in the book's preface that a professional with three years' experience could pass the CISSP exam. First, the material is far too broad. Second, the exam demands that the candidate have a strong handle on the business motivations behind various security-related policies, practices, and methodologies that you just can't glean in only a few years of professional practice.