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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book opens up your mind to the various aspects of security in a Unix environment, and teaches you thousands things about TCP/IP, Kerberos, and even how to handle suspended accounts! With examples of shell scripts and illustrations of how computers interact, it is masterpeice for any system administrator who needs or wants to learn more about security and the internet in general

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great reviewer. A must for those on the SCJP track ...

I used Mughal and Rasmussen's book to complement the Simon Roberts and Jamie Jaworski reviewers I was using. That time, I've tried quite a few mock exams and was barely hitting the passing mark. However, M&R's reviewer was more comprehensive and included some rules of the Java language which are not included in the other reviewers. I believe this reviewer turned around my review that I was very confident in the actual exam. Except for some carelessness on my part, I could have hit 90+%; I got 86% anyway. Not too bad.
The mock exam at the back of the book is very challenging. It's the same as the one available online although the book had explanations for the answers. If you take it the first time, don't worry if you don't pass; just enjoy learning the other language rules underlying some of the answers.
Unlike the other books I have, I normally do not put my name on my reviewer books because I never intended to keep them for a long time; I planned to sell them after taking my exams. However, for this book, I plan to keep it as a reference. It's more than a reviewer, it's really a good book to learn Java.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile Project Management with Scrum (Microsoft Professional)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ken Schwaber
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Dale Carnegie revisited

Our organization recently implemented Scrum, and although theBeedle/Schwaber book was great to get us off the ground on Scrumtheory, we immediately had many questions once we actually tried to implement it in real life projects. I agree with the notion that Scrum is conceptually easy to understand, but actually quite complex to implement correctly. The scrum forum has been helpful, but we really needed a cohesive reference of situational problems. The APMWS book really hit the nail on the head and delivered what we needed the most: a practical guide to Scrum with anecdotes and "what happens if..." situations from real world Scrum implementations. This came just in time for us, and we are feeling more confident for our upcoming certification class.
The appendices in the back are also very helpful. The "Rules"appendix is perfect as a quick introduction to Scrum for new Teammembers and Product Owners. It's actually quite detailed for being such a short appendix.
Also, for newbies the three main Roles are very nicely explained. We had some misconceptions that were immediately addressed by this book.
Anyway, from a Scrum newbie that is faced with implementation issues, thanks to Ken for putting together a real world implementation guide.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML Pocket Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Niederst
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Dont Buy Just 1, Buy 2

Thats exactely what I have done, I have bought two of these. One for work and one for home. This is a must have for any web developer. Unless your one of those people that can memorize every single HTML tag and all of its attributes I strongly suggest you purchase this book. Every HTML tag is listen in alphabetical order and every attribute listed following it.
The only thing I could have asked for more would be a small example below the tags themselves. I have been writing HTML, ASP, JavaScript, and more for over 3 years now and I use this book almost every day. I refrence it to make sure all my attributes are cross browser compatible and that I have labeled them all correct.
This is definately a must have and make sure to keep it close.