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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Slim on information

I have been studying several books for the CISSP exam and this is the first study guide I have purchased and read. I was very disappointed in the amount of information in this book when the actual exam covers so much material.
I feel I have a more extensive understanding of the subjects from my months of studying many other books - I was hoping this book would take me even further, but it did not.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the Book of the books

For me this book has become the "Book of the books"....how to say...? I mean, it is something more than a simple book that you can find in the open shelves worldwide. The book is `just' about self-reference and self-referential systems and Hofstadter explains you that self-reference is that fundamental `natural' law which moves everything, at every level of complexity as the human intelligence can recognize it: in music, mathematics, art, physics, genetics,...and so on. Hofstadter has the exceptional skill of making the reader to understand these concepts by means of lots of examples, simplified images borrowed from every field of human knowledge, just step by step towards the deep understanding of the so destabilizing Godel's Theorem of Incompleteness. "Gödel, Escher, Bach" is the book which makes you to think and to develop your thinking even beyond the contents of the book itself, trying to catch what should be the last and fardest level of the self-referential systems. The book is however structured in order to talk about artificial intelligence (AI) and how powerful such an intelligence can become if just we can really fully understand how our own brain does work, since AI is 'simply' a way for creating something perfectly imitating ourselves, without being God. And such a process is a so-called a 'strange loop', because we have to go inside our self for creating something outside it. In conclusion, the book represented for me something like "Wonderland" (actually, the reference to Lewis Carrol is a constant in the book), and more..., because once you finished it, you realizes that the book itself is a strange loop as well, and that you would like to start to read it again...and again....

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Practice of Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I liked it.

All too often our undergraduate students are left to learn programming by themsleves. The universities do a very good job of teaching algorithms, theory and special parts of "systems" (compilers, operating systems) but we rarely see any book that guides the student from the introductory courses to more advanced programming.
This is not a book about tricks or tips. It is a systematic exposition of various topics that are needed in practice. This is mmuch more than the earlier "Elements of Programming Style" by K and Plauger. It contains, for example, a chapter on profiling. No doubt every reader will have a list of topics that they would like to see included but the topics that are there are vital and very well treated. I hope that we will be able to teach a course based in part on this book at McGill.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally an instructional book that actually teaches!

For everyone programming in a UNIX environment or with tools coming from it (e.g., grep & friends).
Good read. Easily understood. Applying regular expressions saves you unbelievable amounts of time. This book has probably the best immediate earnings/cost ratio of all books I ever bought.
Buy it. The sooner the better.