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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Howard, David C. LeBlanc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Required readind, not just at MS


Every professional developer should read this book, period!
This book provides a great overview of what techniques are important when writing secure applications, and what pitfalls to avoid. The book does a good job at making a point through examples and by explaining possible exploits.
This book tries to cover a lot of ground. Most of the things discussed are for C++ developers. However, most of the things discussed are of general interest no matter what language one develops with.
I found myself wishing that the book covered a bit more about my development environment of choice: Visual Studio .NET. As mentioned above, I found all the content very interesting and applicable, but I think it would be good to have more than one chapter covering .NET specifically. I do realize however, that this book was first written before .NET. Perhaps someone will dedicate a book completely to .NET ("Writing Secure .NET Code" anyone?).
This book provides a solid foundation and teaches developers what to look for. However, the book is written for developers and managers alike and does not cover tons of implementation details. I would recommend this book to everyone as a first book to read about secure application development. It is not the last book people should read however. There are a number of good books available for a variety of environments (including .NET) that discuss specific implementations of various security and privacy techniques. Get several of those books as well!
Bottom line: This is a great book. Developers must read it. No "ifs" and "buts". Once you are done with this one though, get other security books and keep on reading...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential COM+, Please, Don.


If you have worked with COM and already have a good idea of what it is all about, this book will fill in ALL the holes. If you know nothing about COM, the first chapter will tell you why COM came about, but the rest of the book might gets into too much detail. It is a MUST to be a good C++ programmer to understand what Don Box has to say in the outstanding book!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Parallel Programming with MPI
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Peter Pacheco
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent, concise walk-through of MPI.


This book is an excellent walk-through of MPI programming, with extensive coverage of more general topics in parallel programming. It makes an excellent companion to a course on parallel programming, and is also just generally a good read.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: 3ds max 6 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kelly L. Murdock
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Has anyone gotten this book yet?


this book is for ever use, i have the bible for max 4,5 and i love it, its easy to read and the directions are clear and the book tells you every thing you need. i just ordered max 6 bible and i use max 6,this is going to be the best book you can get, this book makes all the other book look like Crap!! and i mean that i have several book for max 4,5 and the bible is the only one that i tell people to use. if your a teacher you have to get these books for your class you'll thank me later when you see the information you get from using this book.