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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside SolidWorks
Publisher: OnWord Press (Acquired Titles)
Authors: David Murray
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Out of date book

This is an out of date book. I wish someone would have told me before I spent $60.00. It is NOT worth $20. DO not waste you money or time. Do not buy the 2000 book if it is written like this one.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Little Giant. . . Vade Mecum

The second edition of this book was my security vade mecum for the last 8 years. For what I can foresee, this third edition, will play the same role for (at least) the next three years.
When you are required as an security expert, several tasks are usually to be faced: New scenarios to analyze?, checklists to recommend?, good firewall architectures to suggest?, logs to watch? (and so on). Don't worry, with the only help of this Garfinkel, Spafford and Schwartz 'little giant' book, you are done.
Excellent book. A Must for security people.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Microsoft Windows Driver Model, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Walter Oney
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Essential for your WDM Library

Having read this book half way, I believe it is intended for experienced developers instead of for beginners in device programming. Rather than offering a structural and formal introduction to the subject, it stresses on tricks and hints on selected topics like synchronization, pnp, read/write, etc.
I now go for the DDK documentation for a more fundamental treatment. It cleared up instantly some of the questions built up as I read through the first five chapters of the book, like how a user mode application calls up the kernal mode driver. Nevertheless the author does give an authoritative insight in WDM programming. Incidentally, it is a matter of taste whether you like his informal writing style.
As a beginner at the moment, I rated this book three stars. I might rate it differently when I returned to the book later.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Windows with C# (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Charles Petzold
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Makes a good door stop.

I see that everyone just loves this book but I can not see why. I bought it because of the Petzold name but it sure did not live up to my expecations. It seems to rehash the same things that were part of the his C book. If you want to draw pretty fonts all over the place this book is for you otherwise find another book.