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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C++ Templates: The Complete Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David Vandevoorde, Nicolai M. Josuttis
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Nice, but may not be a good first choice.


This book is encyclopedic. It will tell you everything about templates, both every detail at the language level and everything interesting someone has done with templates in the last 10 years. It even tells you furture changes that might happen to templates in 4-8 years when the C++ standard is revised. This last is useful to know, to keep in mind what templates cannot do, as sometimes it feels like templates can do anything. Though the writing is somewhat dry, it is always clean and to-the-point, and the authors have the highest reputations for accuracy and expertise.

The entire last 200 pages of this 500 page book, from Metaprograms on through the entire section on Advanced Applications, describe things software developers should look to libraries for. Smart pointers, generic functors, metaprogramming, etc., are all weak without a supporting library, and there are good libraries freely available. The book gives references to them, which is good, but it mainly tells you how to write similar things from scratch, which is somewhat useless except to the few hundred living people who write the libraries. Unless you were curious, that is.

The only technique I will be using myself in production code, as opposed to getting from quality libraries, is traits and policies. The book does spend 40 pages covering this, and it touches all the bases, but _Modern C++ Design_ has a much fuller coverage, which this book admits at the end of its section.

Although this book is excellent, and you will eventually want it to reach "guru" status as your understanding of templates grows, you may want _Modern C++ Design_ first, if your present interest is mainly in policy-based design and you prefer to start with applications rather than fundamentals. You may also want to consider the new _C++ Template Metaprogramming_ if your present interest is metaprogramming. But if you are looking for a solid, general grounding in everything templates can do and have been used to do, _C++ Templates: the Complete Guide_ is exactly what you are looking for.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wi-Foo : The Secrets of Wireless Hacking
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Vladimirov, Konstantin V. Gavrilenko, Andrei A. Mikhailovsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I normally do not review books but....


I normally do not review books unless something unique catches my interest. This book is above unique.

What comes to mind first after reading the first couple of chapters is:

What a great book!!

I just picked it up last night and I'm already in love with it. I got this book because of the lack of information online about wireless security. Yeah, I found some stuff online but its scattered in different places or does not give a very descriptive answer to the questions I am looking for. This book answered all my questions so far and I am only at the beginning chapters!!! I cant imagine the amount of knowledge I will gain with all the chapters still left to read.

This book is a great mix between understanding how wireless security works and the tools and steps involved in penetrating/protecting your wireless network as well as explaining detailed information without going over my head. The time and effort put into this book is amazing and I strongly suggest picking it up. Wireless devices in the world are here to stay and if you want to get ahead of the game and learn the ins-and-outs of wireless security, this is not only the first step but the best step in the right direction.

I needed some type of "Wireless Security Bible" and I found that in this book. Another great feature I like about this book are the pages. Ill explain... other computer related books have weak, thin pages. I use a highlighter while I read. Most of the time the highlighter will bleed through the page to the other side. Wi-Foo has well made pages that are much better then the normal flimsy pages of other books. I can highlight words to my hearts desire and it doesn't bleed over to the backside page.

The seriousness of wireless security is no joke and anyone who does not have the knowledge provided in this book will find themselves in no laughing matter. The author strongly explains the seriousness of these issues along with a good since of humor tied to it. Which makes it fun to read.

What a great book!!

I find most of my information online sense its widely available and free. But with wireless security I found the information online to be dry or incomplete or just to highly-technical for me to follow. Searching for hours and hours just to find answers to some of the questions I had was overwhelming.
The people who put this book together are well known security experts and have many years of experience. I first heard about them at a Defcon security conference and have continuously seen there names popping up all over the place. So knowing this information is coming from people with extensive expertise and experience in this field makes it much more reliable to me then some of the information I found on the internet. Plus its all in one spot. I don't have to spend hours upon hours searching the internet to find information I am looking for.

There are so many other things that I love about this book so far and I cant wait to get home and read more of it. I found myself spending more then 7 hours straight last night reading this book and still did not want to put it down. (it was 5:00am and I had to go to bed)

What a great book!!

I just want to say Thank You to the authors and everyone else involved in making this book.

Best Book in Wireless Security... period


Mick
Detroit Michigan
check out:
http://www.michiganwireless.org/



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Bible


Guys, what can I say about this book... it is the bible... Beginners can go through other (more simpler) literature, there are indeed many other books in the market who deal with learning C++... but this is the book you have by your desk when you are a professional programmer (why I hate the more politically correct "developer" word is a different story, and this is neither the time nor the place). In other words, if you don't have it already click on the buy button, have Stroustrup collect his well deserved royalties, and start thinking as a professional.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Project 2000 Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Carl S. Chatfield, Timothy D. Johnson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Making Learning easier and fun - what a concept.


If you want to find out the way to use any software you rely on the software manufacturer for that information. You find that the on-line help is far more technical than you are and that most of the time the information never gives you what you need. Microsoft has made a living out of producing books that let you learn the application at your own pace.
Like so many other books in the award winning and first rate Step-by-Step series, Project 2000 has been taken down to the end-user level and you are the recipients of one of the best hands-on and self paced course books on the market today.
16 lessons encompass the 400 plus page learning material and best of all you work at your pace until you understand it. Quick reference tips are included and each lesson has a wrap up to review the material covered in the lesson.
The book includes real world examples so what you learn can be applied as you learn. Also there is a cd-rom with all necessary practice files and if you don't own Project 2000 the cd includes an evaluation version. Microsoft has thought of everything...Another winner for Microsoft and Microsoft Press.