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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Java, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Lots of pictures!

I found this book to be a lot of fun, and very easy (atleast until I got the variables chapter).

My first problem with the book was that it didn't clarify what code to try out yourself (it even says in the beggning some of the code examples would not compile). I just sort of figured it out myself and used eclipse to run some of the code snippets and write some of my own examples.

My other problem with the book is that in the beggning it uses examples with words like beer, cats, dog, bark etc.. but then in other examples they will use variables/classes/functions with names like main, run etc, or other words that I am not clear that THEY made up, or are ones that already exist. That is to me the most confusing part and the book is not consistant with that part.

Please realize I have never done OOP before, but my husband has given me some pointers and helped me understand things.

I am on page 50 or so which is way farther then I normally get in technology books. Overall I like the book and I think it's fun, I just think it could have used some more QA from newbies like myself! Most books I just never pick up again, I may have complaints but I am still reading this book!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Security Risk Analysis
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Authors: Thomas R. Peltier
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Proper content, horrible writing

After having read the book, I was left with a mixed feeling. The content of the book is OK. Not special, just OK. If this book changed your way of thinking about risk, then this is probably one of your first books you read on the subject. I give the book content 4 stars, since it's decent, easy to follow and fairly complete. Besides that, the author included three good articles at the end of the book, one of which (by Caroline Hamilton) is particularly well-written.

Now for the style. I can only agree with one of the other reviewers regarding the comment he made about proofreading the book. I wonder if the book was proofread at all. There are so many errors and annoyances in this book, it starts working on my nerves fairly quickly. To name but a few:

The writer contradicts himself on several occasions. Sometimes this gets hilarious:
- Page 30: [The cost/benefit analysis] is the most important step of any risk analysis process.
- Page 35: As discussed in the previous example, the scope statement is the most important element of the risk analysis process.
- Page 39: The most important element of any risk analysis process is the recommendations of controls and safeguards... etc etc.

I understand that mister O'Leary is his mentor, but don't tell me five $%^$@ times that he is the Director of the Education Resource Center (pages ix, 12, 13, 65, 66).

The spelling errors are a real pain in the butt:

- page 217: "Aurebach" instead of "Auerbach" (my favorite; it's his own publisher).
- page 16: "can shared" instead of "can be shared"
- page 36: ".appropriate" instead of "appropriate"
- page 43: "their role" instead of "his role"
- page 45: "control" instead of "risk" (last word on the page)
- page 46: "these" instead of "there"
- page 47: "guideline" instead of "guidelines"
- page 55: "their" instead of "its" (it refers back to "job")
- page 64: wrong comma usage
- page 71: "in" instead of "it"
- .....
- page 162: "Originizational" instead of "Organizational"
- page 217: "Ozierz's" instead of "Ozier's"

The writer uses the Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V too many times. Definitions should be reworded, not blindly copied. See pages 7 and 57, pages 47 and 72 etc.

Sometimes bulleted items in the same list have a trailing dot, sometimes they haven't.

I can go on and on.

To wrap it up, the writing gets 1 star. Equals 5 stars. Which will be rounded to 2 stars, simply because of his sloppy writing. If the writing were better, I might give it 3 or 4 stars.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A Book for people with OPEN minds!

This is a controversial subject but he states in the book that web designers know that they need to keep downloads fairly short BUT they ignore it constantly. He also isn't saying just to have text based pages, just limit the # of graphics and the sizes. LESS IS MORE!! You would think these people who want to be so creative and artsy with these huge graphics on web pages would've learned that in ART 101. The best design is simple. The most popular sites DO have more visitors. Many of his ideas on splash pages, Flash are very important. It's sad that web designers who make pages on a fast machine and view them on a T1 line are ignorant to the fact that most people view their sites on 28/56K modems. The people who will NOT benefit from this book are people with closed minds. The one gripe abou this book are the captions on some pages aren't on the same pages as the pictures they are describing...very annoying.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent !!!!!!!!!!

I just get my hands on PERL a year ago by taking a training class by SUN (which is also super good!). I am using PERL for some admin works for SUN servers for both system and database. Then I bought this Camel book. I love it-- it is thorough, fun to read, and detailed. In my opinion, it is NOT just for expereinced programmers, since I am no programmer at all. It does take some patience to get the whole picture though. But Larry warned this on page.47 that if you want to get the whole picture first, you should read the book backward.... In summary, go get the book and you won't regret!