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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
CD Practice Test is too easy but the book is a good one!!

I just tested today and passed both test (Hardware 87% and software 83%). This book has some errors but it still deliver a great education method by providing easy to understand terminology definitions + remarks on what you must know for the test. The CD that's included with it is not a good one 'cause the practice test on it are to easy. I passed the CD practice test with an score of 1023, so I borrowed another cd from a friend that had a lot of hard question and tested on it until I passed with an score of 905. Then I went to the real test center and here I am.... A+ Certified!!!!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
2nd Edition = Great, 1st Edition = So/so

I read this book to get an in-depth, inside view of the inside workings of the C# language.
I didn't get that - I got introductory exercises followed by some unstructured detail, all interspersed with irrelevant opinion and off-topic rambling.
The word 'Inside' implies that the book would go into intimate detail about every aspect of the topic (have a look at 'Inside Windows NT' for example) and I feel that this book tried to go into that detail in some places, but not others.
I wouldn't recommend this book because:
1. Too high level; I'd question the inclusion of the 'introduction to Object Oriented programming' sections. The back cover quotes "in-depth architectural information". I don't agree with that.
2. A lot of inaccuracies; I question whether the author really knows the C++ language as his C++ code snippets are often wrong, which is unhelpful when you are migrating from C++ to C#.
3. Many omissions or lack of detail - like controlling Disposable objects' lifetime through the 'using' keyword (an important feature); 'override', 'abstract', 'volatile', 'ref', 'stackalloc' and 'base' keywords.
4. Too much white space, and I found the code samples to be poorly presented - repeating entire files of code just to show a single line changed is a waste of trees.
There are many other books on the subject that are better than this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding
Publisher: HarperBusiness
Authors: Al Ries, Laura Ries
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Pathetic attempt on using brands to sell a book

This is a father and daugther book that in fact tries to use the brand of The 22 Immutable Laws of Mrketing (in itself an excellent book) by the father and Trout. Unfortunately, they manage to sell this book, because they use this branding (title, cover, structure, the Reis name) to suggest that it is as good and revolutionary as the original. Unfortunately, it is neither. There exists a number of good books on the market what regards branding, this is not one of them. But you have to admire their use of branding in selling the book to an unsuspecting public, even though I find it morally questionable.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Information Security

The Art of Deception teaches how we can protect our information from those who enjoy breaking our technology systems only with their own social engineering, and prevent our technical security investment failure. Mitnick could be one of the most famous hacker but confirm the necessity to instruct the human behavior to prevent any intrusion.