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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security Architecture: Design, Deployment and Operations
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Christopher King, Ertem Osmanoglu, Curtis Dalton
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Getting Lost

The first 5 chapters are really about Security Architecture. The rest of the book has a more technical angle. The author totally, in my view, gets lost in words like: Requirements, Services and Controls. He uses these words sometimes at random. Since these definitions are crucial to a good and understandable built-up of any ICT architecture, the reader might get lost.
Under design guidelines he talks about the services offered by the a team: Authentication, Authorizaton...etc. etc. Part of those services are Logical Access Controls which he calls "these controls". Under Technical Security Requirements we focus on controls that....The main focus of technical security controls is to protect C.A.I, which are at the same time technical security requirements. At the same time: Controls are designed to gover the following actions: again we find confidentiality, integrity..etc.
All are requirements, actions, controls and services. Not clear enough in my opinion.
The technical part is good.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What Is Adobe Waiting For?

The immediately useful, invaluable articles on: procedures, messages, parallelism, headings, dialog boxes and disk, may well survive <grin> Microsoft's break-up. Articles like 'jargon' and 'foreign words' make nice welcome mats to more detailed exposÚs in _WiredStyle_ and WFB's _The Right Word_. The plugs to McConnell's excellent _Code Complete_ and to the _Chicago Manual of Style_ are welcome and appreciated. Bilingual technical writers can only hope that French and German editions of the MMS be in the works, for vocabulary and localization. Would Adobe or Corel please come up with similar "Manual(s)... for Technical Illustrations". And will such a fine & popular guide to some of Word's offspring prod Microsoft to finally fix Word's bugs? Our wish list awaits...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Database Developer

Im an experienced SQL Server developer.

I used this book to learn PL/SQL, while this book is
very detailed but it is HIGHLY disorganized.

It assumes you know everything. It talk about issues in

some chapter, while defines the concepts used in that issue in the future chapters!!!!

This makes this book a very "BAD" resourse for beginners.

For a 900+ pages book the number of examples are very limited!

Buy this book "only" IF you are already an expreinced Oracle
User and you need a review.

Otherwise this is not for you.


Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good book, a little sponsored

This book is rather concise and clear. You could take a board and put it to work in minutes. This book also make clear distinction about locators, compiler and other stuffs that could (for the beginner) cause a bit of confusion. I give 4 stars because the book is too tied to a particular board , about the examples. So, if you have something other hardware, you are out of luck.