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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Firewalls (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Robert Ziegler
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good book but with a pinch of salt

The book is good in the fact that it is quite systematic covers all rules but there are a few mistakes for the reader who goes through the whole book. perhaps typos
Well written.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Extreme Programming Installed
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson, Chet Hendrickson, Ronald E. Jeffries
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent and Quick Reading...

I'm a member of a development team totaling 4. So some of the book wasn't very useful because it talked of larger teams but many of it's principles can still be applied to my team. I especailly found useful the chapters and information on estimating deadlines and reaching those deadlines. I also picked up a lot of things along the way that were helpful. Although I'm not completely convinced of switching the book was worth the tips I picked up for increasing the accuracy of my estimated time-to-completions as well as programming tips.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security in Computing, Third Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Charles P. Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
good but it could be better

The book covers a lot of the computer security field. You should have some mathematical background that is not very well explained at the beginning of the book, otherwise it is very difficult to understand some of the proofs.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft® Excel 2000 Power Programming with VBA
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: John Walkenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you're serious about getting the full power of Excel

I wrote an earlier review and this only increases my star rating from 5!
No question about the utility of this book if you're serious about getting the full power from Excel.
I bought it when it was first released and have read it cover to cover twice. It also serves as a constant source of reference because VBA is hands on and mere reading only gives you the guide to what can be done. When you need to do it - go back to the book and the basics are there.
Well written with occasional sparkling humour. No padding or extensive copying from online help.
Criticisms? Perhaps needs extending to more advanced areas but if you have absorbed the full text you should be able to develop on your own with the assistance of News Groups where John is a non-self promoting contributor.