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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
awesome book, with only one problem

this book is awesome. it goes into complete depth on beginning C programming. it explains each function and tells you how/when/where to use it. the final coding in the back of the book teaches you all the things you learned over again. the only problem is that in the back, the blackjack program, on the bottom of page 375 the line should read
i emailed them and they verified this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire for Designers
Publisher: Cadcim Technologies
Authors: Sham Tickoo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Learn Pro/E Wildfire efficiently

I bought two books, one by Louis Gary and the other by Sham Tickoo. Both had good reviews. The book by Louis Gary was concise and well presented. The book from Sham Tickoo was NOT!.
The book from Louis Gary was out a doubt the best-written introduction book on Pro/E I have ever seen or read. The Pro/Engineer Wildfire Designers book by Sham Tickoo was one of the worst written books I have ever seen or read. Day vs. Night. ... few step-by-step approaches, etc.
Sham Tickoo does not cover parametric modeling very well and there are few step-by-step approaches in the book. I would not recommend the book by Sham Tickoo.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Prep Guide
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines, Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
On the mark for those that want just the facts.

I recently passed the Security+ exam and the Wiley Security+ Prep Guide was one of my main books. Don't let the size of it fool you as it covers the topics including needed details. Though not an Exam Cram type book it is for those users that like to cut out all the fluff and already understand most of the material on the Security+ exam. Though I could have probably passed with this book alone, if you are not comfortable about the topics and are not failry familiar with tcp/ip, VPN's, routers, firewalls, access controls, PKI, malware, etc you may not want to use this as your first book.

The end of chapter questions and explainations were great and the questions were not unlike the ones on the test. When reading the book pay attention to anything in italics as that is an important concept or term. The authors do get into some of the topics pretty heavy duty [for a basic security book]such as cryptology details, kerberos formulas on page 11, and WEP encryption process on pages 90 and 91. You may find the more esoteric stuff interesting such as that but I did not find any related questions on the exam. Just to repeat - you need to know about kerberos, WEP, and cryptology, just not that level of detail.

Be prepared to find questions on the exam that you swear are not in this or any book. Some of the topics like chapter 5 for operation/organizational security will spawn questions that require you to know the jist of the topics being covered and require you to rely on common sense and experience to make the correct choice. In my opinion the Wiley Security+ Prep Guide is a must read for the Security+ exam but depending on your level of experience you may not want it to be your first book.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Douglas E. Comer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An essential guide to anyone needing help with TCP/IP

I was daunted by the prospect of reading a book like this one, but was pleasantly suprised. The author takes the reader through the beginnings of networking, protocols and the Internet in plain, simple English.
The TCP/IP protocol is described in wonderful detail and as a reader you can delve as deeply as you want.
I was able to read the book from cover to cover. I keep it handy as a reference (especially when I need help with subnetting). It's not the cheapest book in the world, but it should be the only one you need when it comes to this subject.
Thank you Mr. Comer.