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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, easy read, but...


Singh's book is great. It is easy to read (I finished it in just two sittings). Singh has a wonderful writing style which makes the book hard to put down. He has a good coverage of material, but leaves out some of the more interesting applications of cryptography such as zero-knowledge proofs, digital cash, certification authorities, etc (for a more complete coverage of these topics read Bruce Schneier's book "Applied Cryptography"). He also has no mention of AES and puts too much faith in PGP (after stating that no encryption scheme is entirely safe). I'm being a bit picky, the book is excellent and well worth the read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself HTML 4 in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams.net
Authors: Dick Oliver, Molly Holzschlag
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great For Getting Up To Speed Quickly


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; I found it very useful and Dick's humor was quite 'a-propos'. I strongly recommend it to ANYONE who wants to learn about creating web pages.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
The worst I have seen


I never heard so many interesting and different views expressed for any book.some call it a waste of time and others a classic.Some refer it as an apptitude test for comp sc and others a book that has nothing to do with modern software engineering.I think everyone is right at its own place. It all depends on how you look at things.Their is a set of inquistive ppl in the world who wants to know why and how of every thing .. why this apple is falling towards the ground and not the otherway .. isn't this a stupid question, a lil crazy for Newton to think this way so is this book.The author starts by exploring what a program is. what is data,procedure,abstraction,modularity what we can do with it .how to model systems and why ? well all these are trivial questions and why do we care..we are living in a world of MFC's,API's,Integrated Environments..True thats why this book is a waste of time and has got nothing to do with modern software engineering.But if you care why the apple is falling towards the ground and if you have the faculty to wonder you are going to like this book. It will give u insight in to the programing will make u think in terms of programming and not languages.. may be will add to ur creativity..This book is not easy to read.I think this book is equally difficult for a fresher and a 10 yrs exp guy.It all depends on how gifted u are. if u have it, it doesn't matter how many years u have put in to comp sc. If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.SICP is all about this.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: User Interface Design for Programmers
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Joel Spolsky
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great way to get introduced ...


Not only is `User Interface Design for Programmers' a fun read, but it's also a fun way to get introduced to the world of user interface design.
It teaches you the basics of UI thinking, while at the same time keeping the "level" high enough for more experienced designers to like it.