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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Missing Chapter 1


This book was one of the best books I've read in a long time when it comes to security. Anybody who thinks that their information is secure because they have all the latest/greatest technology, or even the average computer illiterate person who thinks their information is all safe because their credit card companies, banks, etc deploy security strategies, need to read this book.
It really opens your eyes to how insecure corporations really are and how easily they can be penetrated and your information stolen. The examples are outrageous, as far as how easily they work.
I definitly recommend this book to everybody. Kevin does an excellent job of explaining everything in very simple terms so that everybody can understand whether you know a lot or a little.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Analysis Patterns : Reusable Object Models (Addison-Wesley Object Technology: Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only "practical" book on deciding which design to use


What I am nearly always missing when reading about design (esp. when sifting through design case studies) is the path that lead to a design. The weighing of arguments that made the author/designer choose the solution at hand. The context and the "drivers". Fowler is the only one achieving this: offering different solutions and discussing their advantages and disadvanteges. Yes he dives deep and goes into abstract concepts, but sometimes solutions only differ from an abstract viewpoint. You need quite some understanding of design principles, to (i) understand the book and (ii) be a good designer.

For me this is the book that helped me understand the design process as it should be. And using "analysis patterns" he gives plentiful of concrete examples, sharpening your mind.


One remark to everyone critcizing Fowler for not using UML: This book does not use UML since it dates back to 1996! When UML was not really there. Version 0.9 of the UML came out in the second half of 1996. And btw. Martin Fowler has written the very first -- and still one of the best -- book on UML ("UML Distilled", now in its 3rd edition).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Fritz Onion
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A "Must Read"


If you want to know what is going on under the hood of ASP.Net, then this book is a "must read". The first two chapters alone are worth the price of the book. The author assumes an understanding of the language, so an excellent companion book to this is "Programming C#" by O'Reilly. I have not encountered any erros in the text and the concepts are clearly explained. If you are the type of person who likes to know what is going on when you're coding an application, then do not hesitate - buy this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional ASP.NET 1.1 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Alex Homer, Dave Sussman, Rob Howard, Brian Francis, Karli Watson, Richard Anderson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Suppliment for the Exams


I found this book to be a good suppliment to Microsoft Traning material for passing the Web exam. A little thin in some areas and a few errors but overall not too bad.