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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
Great book, really like it

Schneier's job is security. How do you get more customers? By scaring them. He does plenty of this in this book, and even admits at the end that part of his agenda is to drum up business for his newly restructured company, Counterpane. Of course, this admission directly follows Schneier's comment that the best way to secure your network is by outsourcing (read: hiring Counterpane to do it).
That said, aside from the standard-issue security hype and redundant examples, Schneier has outlined the important parts of the security process in a way that can be understood by all. His emphasis on addressing threats, and not just vulnerabilities, is very welcoming. Too many times, authors and companies spend all of their time and money addressing every known vulnerability. By prioritizing the fixes according to the capability and intent of the perceived adversaries (hackers, corporate spies, etc.), the overall security is greatly enhanced. If there's no threat, then even the most vulnerable system is secure.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
pretty good book, but so is the CPAN documentation

This is a (the definitive) book on Perl DBI. I swapped book-for-book with a former co-worker for this. I keep it in the office for the newbies.

If you're already a pro at PERL, you should be able to get by with just the CPAN documentation. However, if your employer is footing the bill, get it. :-)

However if you're new to PERL and need to use DBI, get it.

Very nice tips and tricks you can pick up, even a few for the pros.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java Servlet Programming, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jason Hunter
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Poorly written and examples that won't compile....

Jason Hunter has an excellent writing style that really helped me understand what servlets are and how they work. The information is presented in a way that I can work with for developing solutions quickly. I especially like the say Jason Hunter de-mystifies this particular Web technology. Great job! Hope to see another way on EJB or XML soon!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent MySQL resource

I have read several books on MySQL. I compare them one by one and this contains the most comprehensive resources among all of them. This book clearly identifies the strength and weakness of the DBMS. If you are new to DBMS, this book helps you quickly equip with the knowledge. I especially love the part of API programming, as it gives detail information on how to do web programming with MySQL. Sample codes on Perl, PHP, etc are included, and they all work flawlessly. You don't need to worry how to make your Apache support PHP and Perl, as this book clearly teaches you the necessary procedure to do so. I believe the author has spent considerable time and effort in writing this book. Other useful resources include database maintainence, security and user administration, which are all essential parts in DBMS. Do buy this book if you want to setup MySQL in your environment.