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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Embedded Systems in C and C ++
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Michael Barr
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Could be good if Simon's did exist


... perhaps too optimistic on the application of C++. C++, or Object Orientation generally, are at present not suitable for small-scale architectures. And maybe the book should have stressed it, given the fact that many embedded software applications have very strict memory and real-time-responsiveness limitations.
But otherwise it is an excellent book!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C# How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Dietel, Jeffrey A. Listfield, Tem R. Nieto, Cheryl H. Yaeger, Marina Zlatkina
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Certainly lacking


I am currently enrolled in a masters in MIS degree, and we used this text (unfortunately) for one course I took. While I am quite impressed with C#, I felt the presentation of the book was seriously lacking. While its organization did follow a fairly logical pattern, the text itself, and especially the examples presented in each of the chapters, were at best mediorce. I often found that the code examples in each of the sections actually detracted from my learning throughout the course, instead of of being a valuable reference. I would definitely recommend finding another text, especially if the reader is a beginning to intermediate level programmer.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: C# and the .NET Platform, Second Edition
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Where's the positive?


This is by far the best book I have read on .NET and C#. After reading all "Professional Series" books.. this is kind of like fresh air. This book is NOT for people without OO or .NET experience. This book is lucid yet detailed. There are small nugges of wisdom here and there.. Author tell you.. "Here are the ways you can do this in .NET but if you are concerned about performance that would work better etc.. "I learnt so much new even in first 3 chapters that other books overlook.. For example System.Envronment has method called GetCommandLineArgs whose arg[0] that returns the directory where the application is installed.. This is in 3rd chapter.. !!
Bottomline -By far the best book written about .NET and C#. Highly recommended..



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Should be a college text.


This book, although not a technical manual, is the best introduction to information security that I have read. It should be standard reading for computer engineers in college, and for anyone else who has a computer on their desktop. Great book, great read and wonderfully informative!