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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Jason Price, Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Unbelievably Good Book on C#.NET

Wow, I had no idea how good this book was before I bought it. I had read topics in other books that served to totally confuse me and this book made them very clear. Everything is built in small pieces to develop a complete understanding of the subject matter. This is my C# Bible and my be the only book I ever need on pure C#. The other thing that I personally really like is that he does not spend a lot of time on programming windows per say. I am a web developer and just needed that core C#.NET language...that this is it. (Go buy Petzold's Programming Windows with C# if you really want windows programming...you'll have so much windows it will make you sick)
Anyway, I cannot give a book a higher rating then this one. IT IS AWESOME!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Information Systems Security Officer's Guide: Establishing and Managing an Information Protection Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Authors: Gerald L. Kovacich, Gerald Kovacich
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Practical advice from someone who has been there & done it!

Greater than I expected. Well thoughtout and organized; written in simple, clear language; good advice and guidelines for the new ISSO; excellent examples of using management techniques and tools for establishing an effective InfoSec program; forward looking, expecially the chapter on 21st Century Challenges for the ISSO. This is a one-of-a-kind book for the InfoSec professional and a must reading by all people interested in an InfoSec career. Even the experienced ISSO can find great value in this book. If an ISSO followed the guidance offered, success is almost a certainty. A book that should be adopted for required study in business management, computer science, and information security courses.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C++: The Complete Reference, 4th Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
"Complete Reference" far from complete

I'm a developer who understands basic C++ concepts. I bought this book so that I could understand more advanced features of the language, and I've found it sorely lacking. Most topics are covered briefly and show only extremely obvious examples, which are not helpful in understanding the mechanisms involved.

This book may have some value for programmers new to C++, but its claim to be a "complete reference" is a wild exaggeration.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Direct from Dell: Strategies that Revolutionized an Industry
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Michael Dell, Catherine Fredman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Revisionist Dell: Clear but sanitized 'Pop-History'

Easy to read - but little detail. Nobody builds a business like his without major frights and fights along the way. Dell stresses the direct model & service level. Sadly, my own recent experience fell short of the high standards set. Their website and business model are excellent. The hand of the revisionist & maybe the ghost-writer are evident.