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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: FX, Paul Craig, Joe Grand, Tim Mullen, Fyodor, Ryan Russell, Jay Beale
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well worth the time.

A great read and well worth the time. This should be a required book for all those who want to be involved in or know more about Information Security as it will definitely get you thinking about how you use your computer when connected to any network.

Though the stories are "fictional," the tools and techniques are very real. I've personally referred to a couple of the scenarios to get my employer's attention. Thanks to the authors for sharing their "work" - sorry, I mean, "stories."

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Beautifully Printed, A Joy To Own

I value my books and have a large collection. The content of this book will serve as a complete reference (and as a tutorial) for the ambitious beginner who is not content with a FrontPage level capability to produce web pages but wants to know the innards of HTML. Other reviewers have commented extensively on the content; I want to call attention to the great design.
I find myself picking this book up just to study the typography and graphic design. The publisher, Peachpit Press, uses a colorful, boldly patterned, branded, cover design on the Visual Quickstart series to draw one's attention. Inside each page is laid out in two columns on high-quality bright white paper. The inside columns on the facing pages are used for illustrations, primarily screen shots, which although small are clearly printed. Bold text and judicious use of red as an accent color quickly guide the eye to headings and features.
The book is very carefully produced and could serve as a style guide for in-house publications.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle9i DBA Handbook
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kevin Loney, Marlene Theriault
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
This is not fair, Oracle 8 stuff in an 9i book cover!

Mrs. Theriault, Mr. Loney, the Oracle guys developed a milestone 9i with a lot of new important database features. In your book I can find features of Oracle 8 and 8i. That is not fair. I'm a lucky man, because my company has bought the book! As an Oracle teacher I must order all the new books, but this book I cant't recommend to people who actually have an idea about Oracle 8!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
the only XSLT book you need

I needed to learn XSLT and fast. The folks at Wrox press have always been great about covering their topics thorougly, making their books useful both as a means of learning a new technology, and as a reference once you've gotten your feet wet. On this experience, I went with the XSLT book that the Professional JSP 2nd Edition book recommended, this one.
And they were right. This book has a good intro to XSLT, enough of an explanation of XML to get you going - though I would strongly recommend you knowing your way around XML before you attempt to tackle XSLT.
The recursive nature of XSLT is a kinda tough thing to get your head around at first, so the book starts out with some simpler implementations, so that you aren't completely horrified by the whole thing, as I was when first messing with XSL.
Also, the book is rife with examples of common uses of XSLT, which helped me out a lot, especially as I was trying to whip up progressively complex XSLT stylesheets.
All the XSLT functions are laid out in the middle of the book, dictionary style, making them easy to find. The entries include the syntax, explanation, and implementation examples, making the concepts and usages easy to grasp. Same goes with the XPath explanation which is in the following chapter. All this makes this book a great desk-side XSLT reference as well as a learning tool.
If you need to learn XSLT, you can't go wrong with this book.