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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Building Secure Software: How to Avoid Security Problems the Right Way
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Viega, Gary McGraw
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great book, well worth the wait


This is a thoughtful and well written approach to application security that anyone involved with application security from web application designers to security architects should digest and re-digest regularly. John Viega avoids the sensationalist tactical approach of many security books and focuses on what matters in the real world. To use an analogy "if you think you may have cancer, you need to be taking blood tests and x-rays, not seeing if you have dilated pupils !". This is the surgeons general approach to preventing cancer !



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: William R. Stanek
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Compact, easy to use, great details


All I needed to get myself up to speed with Windows Server 2003. The book focuses on key aspects of day to day use and administration. Others have said and I will too, Stanek is the leading authority on the Microsoft Windows operating system, especially when it comes to administration.
Whenever I need a book on any technology topic I check to see if he's written a book on it first. I've been reading his books for many years and they've never steered me wrong. In "Windows Server 2003 Administrator's Pocket Consultant" Stanek documents the essentials for administrators and covers all the new features. It is focused on what matters and because the author is an administrator he knows what really matters. The book does everything it promises.
As with the others before this one it is the only day to day book I use. The book isnt designed to be a study guide for certification but I believe it would be helpful for that too. I've used the other consultants for that and its been helpful.
I would rate this as the definitive text on Windows Server 2003. It's got what you need to get the job done. Anthony



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building Dimensional Data Warehouses
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ralph Kimball
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A very good introduction into dimensional modeling


If you are going to do data warehousing, especialy if you are a data modeler or a data warehouse architect, this book is for you. The author is a well known data warehouse practitioner, so he has a lot to say about those modeling techniques. But, please, pay attention to the fact that a coin has to sides and with data warehousing it is so. Make sure you get one of those books by Bill Inmon or one of his supporters to understand completely what data warehousing is about. As far as this book is concerned, it is very concise, full of terms and design tips. You will enjoy reading it and putting the knowledge into practice. I put it on my Data Warehouse Architect's list as a must have.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
can't open the door


I've found the basic WIN32 topic well covered. However, I've been looking for a good discussion of the List View and other common controls. Most of them are basically ignored in this book.