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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An comprehensive no-nonsense start to HTML - a must have

Elizabeth Castro's HTML 4 is a must have for new web designers. She thoroughly covers all the most important issues in HTML based web design, while including advanced issues and extras such as CSS, plug-ins, forms, and extremely useful glossaries. Read it cover to cover or use it as a reference.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Information Security Management Handbook, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Indepth info. and written in understandable English

First, realize that this is Volume 2, Volume 1 is also essential and about $30 more. This book is written in everyday English, which makes it infinitely more understandable than the texts written for high-level techs. A degree of knowledge about information security and computer technology would be useful before starting in on this book as it is indepth and covers a lot of ground. This is a book you will want to keep close for reference and studying for the CISSP.
I've seen Tipton speak on several occasions and he's definitely a leader in the industry. Any books he authors or edits are probably worth having if you're serious about working in or understanding the information security industry.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
PERFECT for the real world

"The examples that come to mind are his organizational trees. Who cares about that?" I do! Our company has a hierarchical structure with imperfections. His examples cut the number of queries we use in half and allow flexibility for future expansion.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building Cocoa Applications : A Step by Step Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Michael K. Mahoney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Building Cocoa Applications is great!

This is a great book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to develop applications for Mac OS X. It covers a wide range of Cocoa programming topics, from the basics of the various Cocoa developer tools through more-complex topics like multiprocessing, multithreading, and system-wide services.
I really like the authors' approach to presenting the example programs. Although small example programs are used for some topics, they present most of the programming topics through 3 larger applications. Each application (Calculator, MathPaper, GraphPaper) is built up over several chapters, which helps the reader tie the topics together and see how the various concepts interoperate. At the end of each major section of the book, you have an application that is actually useful, rather than a bunch of small programs that just demonstrate individual programming concepts.
The book assumes no prior knowledge of Macintosh-based programming, although it does assume some general programming knowledge as well as knowledge of the ANSI C programming language.
If you're serious about developing applications for Mac OS X, buy this book. You won't be sorry.