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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Entertaining


The history of cryptography is absolutely fascinating! From mathematics to linguistics to chicanery to espionage to the strange world of quantum mechanics, this book is packed full of great stuff. Singh also provides easily accessible explanations for a difficult topic, and that is no easy task. If you ever wanted to find out about crytography, and in the modern world you should, this is a great introductory book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good lunch hour reading...


Keeping true to the title, Michael Dell gets straight to the point in discussing the "Direct to Customer" model upon which his company was established. As he readily admits, this book is neither an autobiography of himself, nor a detailed history of the company. Rather, the primary focus is on the virtues of the direct model, and how Dell was able to implement it so effectively implement during the past two decades.
Most of the ideas and advice introduced here are not groundbreaking (e.g. "know your customer", "keep an entrepreneural spirit", "learn from your salespeople"), but to have all these concepts presented together within the context of such an extraordinarily successful company really puts them to life, and serves as a good reminder for managers to not lose touch with the realities of today's marketplace.
The prose is clear and consise, and at less than 200 pages, it's a very quick read. With his effusive praise for Dell's strengths and successes, the book does at times seem more like an extended advertisement for the firm (e.g. the web address stamped across the bottom of each page, an advertising tactic he does explain). However, it's hard to argue with Mr. Dell's results, which alone makes this book worthwhile to read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Detail


I have one year of professional Java experience. This was the only book I studied before the certification and I passed on the first try.
The book is very detailed and it explains all the topics you need to know in depth. The pratice exam was a little bit harder than the ordinary exam.
A tip: Make sure you study the early "easy" chapters good. I concentrated on the most difficult topics and went faster over the basics, and on the exam I did very good on the difficult questions and less good on the easy ones. The questions can be very detailed, and easy things you think you know might not be so obvious when you are confronted with multiple choice questions.
Another thing I learned from the exam is that it was more open text questions than I anticipated. The book states that you will at most get a couple of those questions, but I had 7-8 of them.
I really recommend this book if you want to be a Sun Certified Programmer for the Java 2 Platform!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web ReDesign 2.0: Workflow that Works
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Kelly Goto, Emily Cotler
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not practice


For me whose a little time to read, this book is useless. Too crowded and too many theories.