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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good choice!


This book helped me prepare for and PASS the A+ Certification Test (Core & Win/DOS modules). Some hands-on experience building/upgrading PC's and a good backround in Windows 95 is a definate PLUS!
This was my first "Dummies" book. The reading is easy to understand and flows smoothly. I really enjoyed reading this book, and it provides good information. There are some errors in the book, including the practice questions, but they were few and minor. The book could have covered the section on multimeters a little bit better.
I just passed the 2 tests, a 71% on the Core (low, but hey, I passed!), an 89% on Win/DOS, and 5/6 cust. satisfaction. Having my MCP (Win95) helped, especially with the Win/DOS module.
Overall this is a great book to help you achieve A+ Certification.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Accelerated C++: Practical Programming by Example
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Koenig, Barbara E. Moo
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Absolutely essential


I found Accelerated C++ one of the most concise yet valuable programming books I have ever read in my life. It is packed full of information. After reading this book I was no longer intimidated or confused by anything developed using C++. From here I began to program objects in ATL, I began to work with various SDK's as well as the WIN32 API. I would highly recommend this book to everyone. I had to read each chapter 3 times to fully digest the material (so much) and I still often refer to it for some examples. Very, very, very well written.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MYSQL Certification Study Guide
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul Dubois, Stefan Hinz, Carsten Pedersen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book for the core exam and beyond


I got this book because I wanted to prepare for the MySQL Core Exam. I found the book to be very useful in studying for the exam and would recommend the book to others that are attempting to pass either exam.
I also found the section of the book dealing with the Professional Exam to be very worth my reading even though I am not planning to take that exam. As a programmer I found a lot of good information on improving the performance of my queries and making the database work better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Exploiting Software : How to Break Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Greg Hoglund, Gary McGraw
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential reading for developers and test/QA professionals


Many readers and reviewers view this book as a security text, which it is. However, the main value in my opinion is to the software testing/QA community and to developers working in environments using either agile methods or Extreme Programming.
For the software testing and QA community the book is a ready-made manual for developing test cases, and also raises interesting thoughts about testing tools. For example, Chapter 8 (Rootkits) gives a list of techniques and tools that can be effectively used as testing tools as well as hacking tools. What better way to test software than to use the very methods and tools that the bad guys use?
Developers will find a plethora of common exposures and vulnerabilities that will need to be addressed in the software they develop. Moreover, much of the information in this book will provide guidance about what should be checked during unit and integration testing. As an aside, I also recommend that developers in any development environment read "Building Secure Software" (ISBN 020172152X), which nicely augments this book.
Of course, the security community's concerns are also address, especially in the first three chapters. In fact, if this book proves anything it's that security, development and QA need to work in concert in order to have a defensive, in-depth security posture.
If you are a developer or testing professional I highly recommend this book, and also recommend that you augment the information provided with two other books - "How to Break Software: A Practical Guide to Testing" (ISBN 0201796198), and "How to Break Software Security" (ISBN 0321194330).