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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cryptography and Cryptanalysis without the math!

Singh has achieved an awesome feat: to write a book about a heavy weight technical topic that is almost impossible to put down. He portrays the evolution of codes as a struggle between those wanting to ensure privacy of communication (the cryptographer) versus those who want to pry (the cryptanalysts). The ever more complex enciphering and encoding is demonstrated in a very lucid way. Great book, money well spent.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Apple Confidential 2.0: The Definitive History of the World's Most Colorful Company
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Owen Linzmayer, Owen W. Linzmayer
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Deeply flawed

This definitive history of the Apple computer company follows the company's growth and the people who made Apple an icon, from its forgotten real founder who didn't get his half a billion to computer successes and failures. Forgotten archives, interviews with key players, and analysis of existing Apple information contribute to a well-rounded guide which packs all the details about the company - above-board and underground.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best beginning book on the market

This is currently the best beginning C# book on the market. Less comprehensive than Liberty's book but far easier to read, this book currently has no competition at the low end as far as I can see. Archer writes very well, his examples are understandable. This was the first book on C# I read and I am glad that I did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply detailed and thorough

This book is undoubtedly the best book i've seen so far on certification. I cleared the exam with merely 15 days of study. The key concepts have been clearly presented with lots of (working)examples. The material is well prepared and organized. The review questions at end of each chapter are also excellent. A must have if you're serious about the certification.