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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Gregory White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
All-in-one is right!

This book fits the billing!
It was clear, concise and easy to understand. It prepared me to take the Security+ exam well, and explains concepts thoroughly without assuming that the reader is an idiot. The book deals with all the infomation that will be on the test, following the Domains in their order, but it still also flows in a forward direction, building on one concept with another. That is a challenge nowdays in the tech world were every concept is intertwined with others.
That said, don't expect to come to this book with no knowledge of computers at all. I have found that this book serves more as a reminder of "Oh Yeah, I knew that," than as a device to impart new knowledge into my skull. I learned some new things from this book, but the most beneficial part of this book was bringing all the things I know about computers back to the forefront of my mind so that they are fresh while taking the test.
It is also good for building up strength in the "security as a whole" areas. It's good to know how to lock down a system, but the test also wants to know if you understand what constitutes good information security as a concept, not a password.
The book, despite its thickness (~600 pages) is actually a relatively quick read. I got through it in about a month, reading it in my off time and as a nightcap. It took me about two days of direct study to review the majority of the stuff for the test after having read it.
***************Final Thoughts:There is a time and a place for everything. If you want to learn more about computer security, there are other books out there that will help teach you more about how to lock down a system and disable protocols. If you want to take what you already know and refresh it, as well as supplement it with a little bit of new information, this is the book for you.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ColdFusion MX Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Adam Phillip Churvis, Hal Helms, Charlie Arehart, David Churvis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book is the truth

Yeah, I know all of the reviews of this book thus far are great, but there is a reason why...this book touches upon almost any type of information you need to use MX. I found the sections using CFCs especially helpful. The authors not only tell you how to create CFCs, but provide a very useful scenario (using CFCs to hide business logic). The book also gives some good examples of how to integrate Java, COM, XML, etc. into MX. The number of real world type coding examples as well as the step-by-step how to approach is what differentiates this book from a lot of the MX documentation re-make books I have seen (see Mastering ColdFusion MX). This book has a lot great information on everything from thre basics to creating Web Services. Overall, this book lives up to the hype, and is probably the best MX book I've seen.

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
a great book for understanding security

although i come from a computer science background and skimmed through the book in a couple of days, i realized how clear and well-organized the material is.
i would suggest this book for anyone interested in understanding the implications of network security, integrity, authentication etc.
the end of the book presents a great starting point for commencing a security review of your systems, in order to apply various levels of security/authentication...
this book is also ideal for any computer scientist planning to study the field of network security.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Server 2003 Weekend Crash Course
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Don Jones, Don Jones
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Introduction to Windows 2003 Server

Don Jones deserves applause for clearly covering all the major areas of the vast Windows Server 2003 package in this easy-to-handle book. It steers the middle course between the vast "Mastering <topic>" tomes, and the near-useless "Dummies" approach. It lives up to its promise of teaching you what you need to know to start setting up and managing a Windows 2003 server with about 15 hours of investment in reading time.
The only thing keeping it from getting a full five stars was that it went a bit too briskly over DNS, where I get the feeling a couple more pages of Jones' on-the-mark advice could have saved me some hours of troubleshooting. On the whole, however, a very useful book.