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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Book

This is about my 6th VB book, some going back a few versions of the program. I found this book a tremendous help. I would not recommend it for a "first VB book" but for the intermediate to experienced programmer, it will certainly be hard to beat!
I especially use and enjoy the "book on CD" feature in that I have instant reference to it without balancing it on my lap and it is a searchable reference.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Nice...

Yep. It is very useful. You cannot consider yourself a competent unix developer without this in your library. Though, slightly outdated - I am satisfied. Good ideas, well written commentaries and plenty of code to work with. A Magnus Opus.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great perspective on cybersecurity

As a graduate student in computer science, I can attest that the book is technically accurate with light-to-modereate depth. Bruce Schneier's use of real-life examples (along with a salting of imagined scenarios) and just good plain sense allows him the freedom to provide sufficient detail for the informed reader without ailienating newcomers. This is a great book for anyone interested in putting digital security in perspective from the owner of a company to an academic researcher. The narrative is witty and entertaining, while still being informative, although some people may find him a little condescending at times.

The most interesting part of the book for me was Part I: The Landscape, where Schneier describes security threats in general. My only real criticism is that the book felt repeatative towards then end; the examples were refreshing and informative at the beginning, but were old news by the end of the book. A more condensed version would be suitable for most people.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The UNIX Programming Environment
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A classic exposition of Unix philosophy and practice.

This is one of the best Unix books ever. It conveys not just the "how-to" details of the Unix environment, but its "why-to"; its philosophy and aesthetics. I rate it less than a 10 only because it shows its age a bit, not covering some tools such as Perl and TCL that have become important parts of the Unix toolkit since it was written. Within its scope it is absolutely solid and still an extremely valuable introduction.