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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Tricks of the Windows Game Programming Gurus
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Andre Lamothe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
There's a lot more content than it seems

After reading it for a couple of days, I see that this books covers more ground and gets into more detail than Andre's previous "Dummies" book. Some of it is quite intersesting. It is also quite challenging, especially the math-related stuff. So I will finally give 4 stars to this book, and would recommend it to you if you want to go beyond Andre's "dummies" book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Jon Erickson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good for techies wanting to learn more

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation is a highly-technical book not designed for the faint of heart. However, it has some great material that any information security professional could benefit from. I especially like the coverage of buffer overflows and network attacks - two of the major types of attacks our systems face. The WEP attacks coverage is good as well. As the author of a "hacking" book myself, I know that a lot of effort goes into putting together a technical book - especially for a book as technical as this one. Although it may not be the most practical book to learn about penetration testing or vulnerability assessments, it's certainly a great read and resource for those who want to get behind the scenes and understand what's going on with all those bits and bytes inside a computer and across a network. Kudos to Jon Erickson for putting together such a unique work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP Databases
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: John Kauffman, Kevin Spencer, Thearon Willis, John Kauffman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great for learning and reference

I have found this book to be a great reference source for me. I have several years ASP experience, but like anyone else do not remember every thing about it and the available components. This book helped me prepare and get my MCP for Interdev.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Compelling material wrapped in interesting stories

It took me a while to finding to the time to read this because I was expecting a rather dry book on cryptography. The subject was somewhat interesting to me, but I didn't feel like plodding through a long book on the subject.
Once I started reading I realized The Code Book was totally different. Singh takes you on a tour of the history of cryptography through the history of the world. You will find that cryptography was an unexpected key element in several historical events.
Through the entire history, Singh's writing is exceptionally clear and easy to follow. The material in the book is accessible to all levels of reader -- even those with no knowledge of cryptography.