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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
The easiest programming book I have ever read

I read this book cover to cover many times, even though most of it was very confusing at first. She got me up and running for creating a basic HTML page in no time, and I was able to slowly learn more and more.
I now program with ASP/SQL Server/XML/JavaScript etc for the web. Unfortanatly, I lost my copy of this book as it was loaned out and not returned and I still wish I had it b/c it totally changed my career.
If you are a beginner, start with this and as you learn more you can get a more advanced book on HTML or JavaScript.
The people that have given this book poor reviews were probably not very motivated to really learn HTML or are just not very good at learning new concepts.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
So many words - so little substance

The book is so full of morsels of unrelated historical data and trivial facts, as well as verbose explanations of things that you never thought about and never will again that, well anyway, perhaps at this point you are starting to get a flavor for what I am talking about when I tell you that the book is a tad wordy. Don't buy this book if you are expecting a technical reference. If you can appreciate some of the background Petzold delivers then the 1500 pages will provide you with a great understanding, and five years from now when all of this stuff is outdated you can start a nice warm fire with it. I prefer a more direct style with diagrams and table references.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Network Perimeter Security: The Definitive Guide to Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Routers, and Intrusion Detection Systems
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Lenny Zeltser, Scott Winters, Karen Fredrick, Ronald W. Ritchey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you want to buy just one book, buy this one.

Stephen Northcutt has done a great job! this is the most comphrensive book on the subject. I particularly found the part on access lists very helpful. Niloufer Tamboly, CISSP

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed Computer Forensics (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Davis, Aaron Philipp, David Cowen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Explanations -- Very Easy to Use

I work on the security team in a large company and use this as a key reference when working investigations. We're understaffed, and investigations isn't my only focus. When I found out about this book I was excited about the familiar look and feel of a series I've humbly learned much from. IMHO, this book is an outstanding compliment to the arsenal of tools I use when I'm asked to help with investigations. In particular, I like the short and concise legal information and the breadth of topics covered in a short volume. I feel a lot of though went into this because the layout helps me focus on important issues. The book covers so many topics like cell phones, Internet logs, eMail, and Macintosh systems to large storage RAIDS, NAS and SANS. Tools are also covered, including some I knew about, and some I don't know how I lived without before reading this. I feel much more confident handling cases I'm asked to help with.