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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
Rewarding Read!

Great read, distilled content, and it has helped me communicate more precisely on information security. A good pre-read to Kahn's "Codebreakers" or even "Cryptomonicon."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: A Beginner's Guide, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: John Pollock
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great way to learn JavaScript

I have really enjoyed the "Beginner Guide" series that McGraw-Hill has recently begun producing. They serve as a great introduction to various topics, and their newest JavaScript book is no exception. If I were to learn JavaScript all over again, this is the book I would want to have helping me along the way.
This book starts out at the very beginning-it assumes you don't know anything about JavaScript, variables, or functions and goes through what each of those are. After a good introduction into basic programming via JavaScript, there is a thorough discussion on each of the arithmetic and comparison operators in JavaScript. The rest of the book gets into the nitty-gritty of writing web pages with JavaScript by going over conditional statements, event handlers, and the DOM.
Through this discussion, you learn how to use JavaScript with HTML forms, frames, arrays, how to handle various types of data (e.g. string vs. date time), and even learn how to use JavaScript for image rollovers-the most basic of DHTML. Really this book covers the basics. If you go through this book and really understand it, you'll understand the critical skills you'll need to effectively use JavaScript. I would highly recommend this book to someone who doesn't know anything about JavaScript and needs a place to begin.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the Best Book for Windows Programmers

NO MFC OR C++, no intro to the c language which it uses solely! This is an advanced book! Covers many topics Pertzold(Programming Windows) doesn't. Great for getting into the cracks of the Win OS! Definitely not for newbies, but for anyone looking to really become a professional win32 programmer, this is the book! To anyone but a real programmer the topics covered aren't easy nor for everyone. Much of the book is about Kernel Objects, inner workings, sharing objects between process and thread boudaries. Thread locks and scheduling are also detailed plus much much more!

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: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good Overview - Poor and Wrong details

The book presents a short and compact overview of the ten domains for the CISSP exam. What really stroke me is Chapter 3 which talks about "Telecommunications and Network Security". It has quite some unprecise and at some points even wrong statements which confuse the reader unnecessarily. There is better material out there which covers these things much nicer (e.g. Building Internet Firewalls, Zwicky). Good to get an overview, but don't solely rely on this book to back you for the exam!