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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2: The Complete Reference, Fifth Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Herbert Schildt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent !


This book is excellent for someone who is learning Java. Organised material, simplistic writing style, a nice font, and a good grasp on the language makes it very interesting reading material.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
best book on C#/.NET so far


Looking at the title of best book and 4 stars maybe strange. Though, after getting 5 books on C#/.NET, I found that the other literature just ... horribly. Maybe, it's my Java background, and being used to excellent literature and a strong/knowledgeable community around Java that raised my expectations. I found the other books that I read were full of marketing statements and often just claimed certain things, but stopped of explaining the underlying model. Plus, a lot of the pages were filled with just common knowledge stuff.
So, it was rewarding to get an o'reilly book and the usual o'reilly editorial quality. It is no secret that msdn documentation is poor. It's arranged in a way that makes it hard to find stuff. And, then documentation the documentation is often more quantity then actually giving all the details. So, being able to just grap for Jesse's book, and get the explanation and code samples prooved very helpful on a few occassions.
On a critical note, .NET is huge, and there are topics that are not covered in the book. E.g., project/build organization for big projects... Also, the code samples are correct and functional. Though, I'd hate a junior developer grapping the book, and assuming that it is good object oriented style.
Bottom line, if somebody in the company asks me on how to get started on C#/.NET, this book is my recommendation.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Above Artists


If you enjoyed Roger Black telling you how to design for the web, you're going to love this. You're probably also a beaten house-wife.
I have witnessed over and over again, the deep heated desire to control creatives. I believe it largely stems from envy. This guy probably had a problem with sound in movies, color television and graphics on web pages.
If you want to really learn something about useability, try Edward Tufte.
Nice cover design though. I suspect he objected to that as well.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Gregory White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This All-in-One is All You Need to Know to Pass Security+


This book fits the billing!
It was clear, concise and easy to understand. It prepared me to take the Security+ exam well, and explains concepts thoroughly without assuming that the reader is an idiot. The book deals with all the infomation that will be on the test, following the Domains in their order, but it still also flows in a forward direction, building on one concept with another. That is a challenge nowdays in the tech world were every concept is intertwined with others.
That said, don't expect to come to this book with no knowledge of computers at all. I have found that this book serves more as a reminder of "Oh Yeah, I knew that," than as a device to impart new knowledge into my skull. I learned some new things from this book, but the most beneficial part of this book was bringing all the things I know about computers back to the forefront of my mind so that they are fresh while taking the test.
It is also good for building up strength in the "security as a whole" areas. It's good to know how to lock down a system, but the test also wants to know if you understand what constitutes good information security as a concept, not a password.
The book, despite its thickness (~600 pages) is actually a relatively quick read. I got through it in about a month, reading it in my off time and as a nightcap. It took me about two days of direct study to review the majority of the stuff for the test after having read it.
***************Final Thoughts:There is a time and a place for everything. If you want to learn more about computer security, there are other books out there that will help teach you more about how to lock down a system and disable protocols. If you want to take what you already know and refresh it, as well as supplement it with a little bit of new information, this is the book for you.