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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Modeler's Workbench: Tools and Techniques for Analysis and Design
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Steve Hoberman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Practical


I've read books before on the theory of database design, but this is the first book I've read that focuses on reality. These are practical techniques that are explained with the help of actual examples and at times with humor, making it a very good read. One topic in particular, the Abstraction Safety Guide, I can apply almost immediately to a design I am currently working on.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well-written and important.


NOTICE: If you work in computer security in any capacity, you MUST read this book. You will learn tricks used by the most successful "social engineers" in the world, and you will learn what you can do to prevent these issues from ever happening to you and whoever you work for.

Now that we're done with that, my first reccomendation if you plan to purchase this book is that you search the internet a bit more and dig up the "unreleased" first chapter to this book (freely available if you can find it)- in which Mitnick planned to release what is essentially his autobiography. You'll gain a new appreciation for exactly how hysterical people became trying to take this man down, and more importantly, you'll learn exactly what all the fuss is about.

As for the actual book, Mitnick on computer security is akin to reading a book on how to play basketball from Michael Jordan, or how to direct a film by Steven Spielberg, or on how to make money by Bill Gates. There is simply no better source. Mitnick's writing is generally non-technical so that it can be understood by anyone, and personal enough that it's always involving. Remember- the skill that this man is famous for is the art of telling a convincing story, and he was so good at his skill that he became the most wanted criminal in the world for it. What else is there to say?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Alison Balter's Mastering Microsoft Access 2000 Development
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Alison Balter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Wonderful Book


While the author covers lots of ground and in an easy to follow manner, there are some things she just glosses over that are important to understand. That's the one thing that I really found disappointing about this book. She covers ADO and DAO in about 70 pages, but that's not near enough to do them justice. DAO she pretty much declares obsolete and then moves on to ADO when DAO is much easier to use in many ways. Both her coverage and Barker's coverage in Access2000: Power Programming pretty much ignore the fact that DAO even is an option. And when you get to the meat of ADO, they don't explain it in a very clear way or give enough examples for the average joe who's new to either one to really figure out how the stuff works. That part I found extremely frustrating. Also, there is the fact that Barker's book in no way picks up where Balter's leaves off. That's a bit of a disappointment. Would be extremely helpful if he picked up just a little where she left off.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Concurrent Programming in Java(TM): Design Principles and Pattern (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Lea
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Read It Slowly


If you know what Design Patterns are and how to apply them then this is good book. It covers the basics of Concurrent programming and then explains some patterns based on these concepts and how can they be applied. However, if you don't have ANY clue what patterns are; you might find this book a little out of your league.