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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Firewalls and Internet Security: Repelling the Wily Hacker, Second Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: William R. Cheswick, Steven M. Bellovin, Aviel D. Rubin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wow, a great read with actual supporting experience


The title of this book doesn't really do it justice. It covers a lot more than just firewalls. The reader is greatly benefited by a quick read that's full of memorable facts.
Its well written, talking about topics that can, in isolation, appear as arcane. The arcane is framed nicely by a spy vs. spy story that's fascinating.
Ok, its not a Clifford Stoll novel, but its still great for those of us who want the nitty gritty details.
I can't tell you how many copies of this book I've bought.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Systems: A Programmer's Perspective
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Randal E. Bryant, David R. O'Hallaron
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
it's the shiznit


This book covers everything from basic C programming to IA32 assembly language to the ridiculously mundane IEEE representation of floating point numbers to threads.
This is a great resource for engineers who are interested in comprehensive, hands-on, and rigorous understanding of system-level programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful DHTML Reference


Even though this book is a bit out of date, the information presented is still of great value to any web developer who knows how HTML, CSS, and JavaScript work. The book's first few chapters describe how to use DHTML, adding style sheets, scripting events, and also discusses different browser compatibility issues. However, the book's real value is in the Reference section, which takes up most of the book. Extensive reference chapters on HTML, DOM, Style Sheet Atributes, JavaScript information are where this book's real value lies.
While definitely not a book for beginners, it is most likely the best DHTML reference book available.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference for SVR4 and Solaris 7 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Practical. Always by my side.


This is the book I always turn to when I have a UNIX question. No other book has so much jam-packed information.
It is clearly organized.
The one problem with this new edition is they dropped the command summaries for the different debuggers. This was invaluable. The lack of this section drops the book from 5 stars to 3 stars.
Also the stuff on troff, mm, etc., is just a waste. I haven't seen anyone use those dinosaurs in a while. It would have been better to include coverage of HTML/XML and possibly framemaker.
A section on perl would be handy as well.