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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding .NET: A Tutorial and Analysis
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Chappell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Need to sell .NET to your manager?


Back in the 90's, David Chappell wrote one of the Microsoft classics, Understanding ActiveX and OLE. That book marked David as an author who can communicate complicated topics in an organized and understandable form. When I heard that he had created a similar attempt for .NET, I had to check it out.
This book is an explanation of key tenets of .NET and how the .NET technologies are related. The text is also mixed with straight shooting opinions, real-world application and analysis, and comparisons to other competitive computing environments. If you have had a curiosity about something in .NET, David probably addresses it in one of the analysis sections. The Microsoft camp and the Java camp alike will appreciate David's frankness as he tells it like it is, whether a Microsoft weakness or strength.
This book should be intended for:* Those who need an overview of .NET like technical managers.* Non-Microsoft developers who want to see what all the fuss is about.
If you want to score some points with your boss, provide this book as it is destined to be the next technical manager classic. What David did for COM, he has now done for .NET.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wi-Foo : The Secrets of Wireless Hacking
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Vladimirov, Konstantin V. Gavrilenko, Andrei A. Mikhailovsky
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
WI-FOO The Secrets of Wireless Hacking


The first couple of chapters are review of Wireless basics, which is good for people like me with no prior knowledge in this area. The book also covers (in detail) step-by-step methods of pre-planning, attacking/hacking, and what folks are going to go for after you have access.

The book was very well layed out. The only negative was the cryptography chapters, which were a little "dry" for me. But, most of this book was understandable. All in all, this was one of the best technical books I've read.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent improvements.


It is amazing how Wizards of the Coast has improved the RPG, especially the StarFighter and Vehicle Combat rules. They work much better than the old "abstract" system. And if you don't have the old Core Rulebook, this has all the rules you need that that one had in it, so don't buy the old one, and get this one. The Player Classes also had some improvements made to them, except I feel like the Fringer kinda bit the dust. Other than that, an Excelent book and very fun to read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Very good .... but very disappointing !!


First of all there are two books authered by Feynman on this subject ...QED and Quantum Electrodynamics. I have studied only QED.
My recomendation is that every new and curious mind should read it once.
This is an excellent book to know and understand what QED is, what it deals with and how it deals with. But it is very disappointing in the sense that its very lean and thin. This entire book desrves to be an indispenseable first chapter of a bigger book. This books ditches you at the very momment when you have understand the basics and you want to know more ..... you want to know actually how calculations are done ...your mind starts questioning and Feynman becomes quite ...... too teasing !!!!
I would like to humbly comment, in general, about the Feynman's books. I feel there are two faces of science which attracts and fascinates bergeoning minds. First is that its ability to pridict ...... even after senselessly lenghthy looking mathematics one finds that still nature behaves the way science predicts. Second is the ELEGANCE that science, as distinct from other subjects, has. How beautifully science maintains the consistency ...... how beautifully it has been formulated ..... how severe are small assumptions ...... and how carefully each small assumption is mentioned in the formulations ...!!! This second phase is where Feynman lacks. Feynman's books failed to impress the new minds with the BRILIANT mathematical ELEGANCE of science !!! He fails to bring out the GRACE of CONSISTENCY !! The lengthy circular line integrals and surface integrals of electrodynamics, the elegant linear algebra quantum theory, the variations in Hamiltonian formultaions .......all these have an intrinsic beauty which Feynman fails to bring forth to new entrants into the field of science.
There is a satge in one's educational growth till which one likes to understand how the nature behaves ....how science enables one to predict nature .....I mean things of general curiosity. But finally a stage comes when you want to study science with all its ELEGANCE. There is a stage when you want to admire the beautifull science ..... elegantly decorated and precisely dressed with mind boggling mathematics.
Hence, all new comers should definately read QED of Feynman's Lecture .....but togather with that they should also read some formal treatment of science like those by Landau or Sakurai to admire the science with its true colors.