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Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best of the Best !!! I've never seen, so far

It's very helpful not only if you're preparing CCIE lab but if you're finding a book about TCP/IP fundamental. I'm really looking forward to Part II.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great read of a tough subject

Singh traces the history of code and cipher making and breaking history. There has always been a struggle between those making codes and those braking codes, with implications for the people, businesses, and governments of the time. For example, we currently live in an era in which there are essentially unbreakable ciphers available, which allows for internet commerce, and companies like Amazon.com to exist. As Singh traces this struggle between code makers and code breakers, you will learn the basic elements of cryptography in a non-threatening (for non-mathmeticians) fashion.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Software Development Process
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ivar Jacobson, Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
I can't believe I actually finished it

After mastering the Unified Modeling Language, it's a natural progression to apply UML in a documented and time-tested process. That's what the creators of UML set out to describe in this third book of the UML-Big-Three, "The Unified Software Development Process."
Getting through this book will be challenging, though. You'll be thirsty not for more material, but a glass of water by the time you're done. It is bone-dry.
The Unified process has five workflows (requirements, analysis, design, build, test) that repeat within four phases (inception, elaboration, construction, transition). There are unfortunately huge chapters devoted to each of the workflows and each of the phases separately, with only a smaller amount of material focusing on how the process is actually done, which is each workflow occuring in the context of each phase. As a result, the book seems a lot bigger than it needs to be. (I'm not panning the process, though, which does indeed work, just the presentation.)
There's a running example through the text of building an automated teller application. While running examples help unify ideas, they show a narrow view of how the process can work in practice. In applying the process to my projects, it's difficult to translate such a financial application to my work (which is scientific and library-based in nature). I'd like to see a lot more examples that give alternative viewpoints in addition to the running example that demonstrates the process as a whole.
Unlike the other two books of the Big-Three, the diagrams in this one are the best. They're clean, consistent, and easy to read, and there are a lot of them. It's professionally typeset and each page is pretty.
What we need is a book similar to Fowler's "UML Distilled" called "Unified Process Distilled." The process is great---it just shouldn't take 500 pages to describe it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Ace the IT Job Interview!
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Paula Moreira
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must Have for IT job seekers

For months I kept going to job interviews and was frustrated time after time after time. I never got call backs and I didn't understand what I was doing wrong. After a while I realized I needed an edge, and after searching for a while I stumbled across the Ace the IT job interview book. I read reviews for it and decided to spend the money. After reading it and following some of the instructions and doing many of the exercises, things changed dramatically. The first 2 interviews I secured after completing the book, I got called in for 2nd interviews, something that wasn't happening before. I narrowly missed out on those but my confidence was soaring. I went from a job seeker to a VITP (read the book to find out what that is) and thats how I started to come across. I secured another interview and I did so well they made the decision to hire me while I was interviewing with some other members of the I.T. team! (No lie).
I HIGHLY recommend this book to those of you who are going through what I went through. The market is tough for techies right now, so you have to stand out from the pack. This book will help you be prepared to snag your next job.