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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
An eye opener

Riveting history of code making and breaking. There is enough explanation of how the processes take place, but not too much. In other words, the details do not drown the flow of this wondeful work. I have learned a lot and gained a healthy paranoia regarding the safety of my own privacy. It is also a wonderful primer to read before delving into Neal Stephenson's "Cryptonomicon".

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Don't waste you time on this book

I had spent months and tried very hard to understand this book but failed. I thought I was too dumb till one day I learnt everything I need from one chapter of another book by less famous authors. I feel the author is either self indulging or trying to make something out of nothing. In short, 95% of this book is useless for 95% of people who deal with relational database daily.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Its okay..

itsInsistanceOnUsing thatUnreadable szHungarianNamingConvention throughoutTheBook's lpdwExamples certainly does not help it. All in all an OKAY book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LaTeX Companion, The (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Series on Tools and Techniques for Computer T)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Frank Mittelbach, Michel Goossens, Johannes Braams, David Carlisle, Chris Rowley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Outstanding Book

This is, by far, the most useful book I own. The first edition was great, the second edition is nothing short of spectacular. The two-color print is very helpful. Compared to the first edition, which I've been using for just about seven years, the updated package descriptions in the new edition improved my typesetting substantially within only a few days after I got it. Well worth it's price. I hope the authors make a good buck on this, since they are making my life so much easier.

The stated intention of the book not withstanding, I think this is all you'll ever need to use LaTeX, no matter how serious a user you are. Well, maybe a two-page primer of the basic commands in addition. Anyway, I've never used Kopka's book and I never touched Lamport's. Not because they're bad, but because I never had to.

The one small issue I have with the second edition: where did the cute pooch on the cover go?