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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Dave Ensor, Tim Gorman, Kyle Hailey, Anjo Kolk, Jonathan Lewis, Connor McDonald, Cary Millsap, James Morle, Mogens Nørgaard, David Ruthven
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
This should be on the Generic Documentation CD

Declaration of Interest: I was lucky to have worked alongside one of the authors. So that's why I bought it.

Glad I did. Read it on the beach over Easter weekend. Dipped in and out. Learned and laughed. Certain to re-read some chapters, and to refer back to it. The very different styles of the contributors make it all the more readable - you just don't know whats coming next.

Its worth the price for pretty much any 3 of the 11 chapters, even if you chose them at random. And you can hit your SAN manager over the head with it, he probably won't feel a thing anyway.

Thank you OakTable.

But its not in your shopping cart yet is it, because I've marked it down a star. Look, there are some minor bugbears. Don't be put off, just setting expectations:

1) There's some heavy name-dropping, perhaps in keeping with the project. Perhaps I'm jealous my brain isn't the size of a planet; these chaps' are.

2) You can see from (1)that HHTTG was funny once, about 20 years ago. My dad has been citing it as the answer to everything ever since; its worn a bit thin. I'm sure he would love this book for exactly that reason.

3) I'm the sure the sequel will be even better.

You can put me down for 2 copies of "Seeing Double: Tales from Under the Oak Table" while I'm here.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building Dimensional Data Warehouses
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ralph Kimball
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Half baked, but nicely written

This book give a lot of techniques for designing and building DW. If you want to read something about DW, this is a must.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself ASP.NET in 21 Days (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Chris Payne
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Source code for download

I haven't read this book but intented to find a good book for ASP.NET. Thanks for all the reviewers' comments. I have something to share that I found the source code of this book for download. The URL is http://www.samspublishing.com/display_sams.cfm?item=0672321688&itemhdr=Source%20Code&itemloc=sourcecode

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Building Secure Software: How to Avoid Security Problems the Right Way
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Viega, Gary McGraw
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Deeply disappointing. Keep on looking.

For such an expensive and highly promoted book this is abig disappoinment. If you really want to know how to buildsecure software do not look here. You would do better tosubscribe to one of the security mailing lists and readdocuments available on the Web. The book covers only a very narrow range of topics. There is very little in herefor Web apps - securing Web servers, for example. I have athick tutorial from a consultant on my desk here which leaves this book for dead - at least for Web security.Strangely the book criticises SSH and S/Key and I think those criticisms were weak when so many more relevant issues could have been discussed. The book discusses bufferoverflows but the discussion is inferior to the referenced online paper "Smashing the Stack for Fun and Profit" by "mudge". I could go on and on. There just is not enough meat in the book to make it a worthwhile read.