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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs - 2nd Edition (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for learning unless ...

I love this book. It's fun to read the things I already know, put together in such an interesting way. If you have 10 years serious experience as a computer programmer, and love programming, this book is for you. (Five stars.)
However, I really bought it to see how the masters teach introductory programming. They don't, unless maybe you have a SAT score of 1500+, an IQ of 170++, and are an MIT student being taught by someone who knows and loves this book. Otherwise, don't touch it! There are better things to do with the money: burn it, give it to the rich, or buy drugs from a narc. (One star.)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
5 stars dont do justice

This book is probably the best book I have read on software development. The author seems to anticipate whats going on in the reader's mind and provides information that is as in-depth and accurate as it is a joy to read.In my opinion anyone who cares about development in .NET should read this book first.It is basically more on .NET framework rather than on any programming language (and maybe for that reason leaves out Threading, IO etc) and should be complemented with a good language book like Programming C# by Jesse Liberty and of course the other goldmine .NET Remoting by Ingo Rammer

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Photoshop Book for Digital Photographers
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Scott Kelby
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
an excellent photoshop resource

an excellent photoshop resource--really creative functions on this book

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Security Resource Kit
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Ben Smith, Brian Komar, Elliot Lewis, Members of the Microsoft Security Team
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Handy security reference manual to have around.

Recently I passed the 70-214 exam, Security in a Windows 2000 Network Environment, I had very little resources to work with in my studies. What I could have used is this book which makes the perfect companion to Microsoft Press 70-214 Study guide.

The text is written to a specific exam, but rather to a specific topic, security and securing your network. The book works with Windows 2000 and XP network environments and gives you extensive coverage of the security settings you may need to implement on your network.

The authors created a 650 plus page text, which covers everything from passwords and group policies to terminal services and remote access security. I found some very and highly useful information, I really like chapter 2, Understanding Your Enemy.

Included with the book is a cdrom with over 50 utilities you can use for finding security leaks, holes and other risks. One tool I think needs to be added is the MBSA utility and this can be added in future updates.

Overall if you are looking to find ways to make you network more secure than this book is for you. Also whether you are new to the security arena or an old timer you can certainly learn something new.