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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-315)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Priti Kalani, Amit Kalani
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fabulous way to prepare!

This book cuts to the chase regarding what you need to know to pass exam 070-315. With a single page, Amit Kalani teaches the same key development skills that require about 6 pages of reading in the counterpart Microsoft Press Book. It's nice to have the MS Press books and VS.NET online help as references to answer questions that arise as you study, but you'll save valuable time with this book! I passed all three MCAD exams on the first try. By the time I got to the third exam, I realized that I only needed to study with this book to prepare and I scored a whopping 90%!
NOTE: If you are planning to take the MCAD exams, please realize that nothing can replace real-world experience with VS.NET. Before using this book to cram for the exam, get a solid understanding of C# and ADO.NET. I recommend "Inside C#, Second Edition" by Archer & Andrew Whitechapel and "Microsoft ADO.NET (Core Reference)" by Sceppa.

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
Excellent Reference Material Once You've Learned HTML

This is an excellent reference book to have on hand once you have learned HTML. I use this book almost daily at work and at home. Great layout, easy to use. The color charts in the back of the book alone make it a great buy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Network Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elliotte Rusty Harold
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Too good to pass up...

This book covers all the important things to know about network programming in JDK1.3 and Java2. The content and quality is how you expect it from O'Reilly books: thorough, complete, practical with clear examples, and with a good theoretic foundation.
The first three chapters provide theory about basic network and web concept and explains what you can do with Java networking. A lo of very interesting things, and that motivated me to read further. Chapter 4 and 5 are about Java I/O and threads and might be redundant for Java programmers, who already know basic Java stuff. But those chapters are necessary to understand the examples in all the following chapters. Chapter 6-19 deal with all the various networking topics and Java classes that deal with URL's, Internet addresses, sockets and datagrams, protocol and content handlers, RMI and JavaMail. The organization of these last chapters is topical; in most of the times you can understand a chapter without reading the previous ones, just pick out the one that you are interested in. (Interesting chapter about parsing HTML with JEditorPane, Swing has some unexpected applications!)
I think the author gave a complete and thorough coverage of all the necessary topics. The author does not stray from its topics, is sometimes a bit dry in his explanations, and gives some important side information, e.g. about security aspects of the different Java versions in regards to RMI.
Take in mind that this is the second edition from August 2000, updated to Java2, with some 200 or more extra pages, and we can use this book for the next couple of years.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I'm awake now!!

Bruce's book has certainly opened my eyes to issues in network security to consider for the future. That is, not 10 years from now but today and tomorrow. His books are well-written and very easy to understand. I am about 3/4 of the way through the book and I may just start from the beginning and do what one reviewer said 'keep a notepad by for ideas that my come to you'.
This book helps us to look at computer and network security from a global view, from hardware and software to issues not directly working on a computer such as policies and procedures. That is the way we should approach security and he has enlightened it for us. He shows the path really well in this book; now it is up to us to experiment and see if it works.
This book like Bruce's other books and articles are written with a "This is how it is" approach. That is why this book has waken me up. I knew it but I didn't want to see it. Working in an educational atmosphere with a few thousand users, I have to wake up now. Despite the problems that plague computer and security personnel Bruce reminds us that we can still operate a network safely and securely but we have to be vigilant and aware.
Great book!