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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Read this book before you sit the exam


Good summary of many of the Security + objectives. The prep exams are great however I would note that it is worth looking at as many of the other prep exams as you can as they all seem to be coming at the material from different angles.

I also used the Security+ Certification All-In-One Exam Guide which gave more detail on most of topics and a set of Transcender prep exams to pass.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic .NET Power Tools
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Evangelos Petroutsos, Richard Mansfield
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A really cool book for advnaced developers


I just picked up a copy of this book and was really surprised. Many books seem geared toward advanced development, but often fall short. This one certainly didn't.
there are a lot of cool things covered here, but the two most striking ones are the coverage of Message Queues and Security.
I just got into advanced messaging and there's not a lot of documentation out there. If you want to learn it, you used to have to stumble around until you got it right. Their coverage of the subject changes all of that. It explains messaging in depth and has many practical exapmles. In addition, it walks you through many of the common 'gotchas' you'll encounter when developing message based apps.
Another great area is security. I know in my experience, I was too busy learning .NET to really focus on security. That's like being in too much of a hurry to put gas in your car. i wish I would have realized this earlier. They discuss just about every practical aspect of security and have a lot of great examples as well.
These are my two favorite parts of the book, but there are many more. They explain Regular Expression for example and have tons of useful examples in it. They have a great GREP utility example that just about any developer will really enjoy.
I've bought Petroutsos' other book and really enjoyed it...and history repeated itself with this one.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent Introductory Book


I have several books describing the .net ASP platform. The examples in both VB and C# in this book are a great idea. What is lacking-and this applies to all the books on asp.net that I have read and used- is the methodology of applying dynamic data-driven control manipulations. Perhaps this is a result of an incomplete release of this framework by MS corp. Overall, the .NET framework does not impress me as a professional tool set; perhaps next version will fill in the gaps. But if you need to do the 80% no-brainer, trivial stuff then this book lays it out for you in a very clear manner.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SQL/400 Developer's Guide
Publisher: 29th Street Press
Authors: Paul Conte, Mike Cravitz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Must Buy


I work with SQL on the AS/400 every day, and this book has proven to be an indispensable technical resource. It provides a common language for understanding between the "traditional" AS/400 programming community and those new to the system (or those of us using technologies like ODBC and JDBC on the system). Like a previous reviewer, I find its detailed technical descriptions of complex topics such as committment control and transaction isolation to be top notch.
Having worked in the IBM AS/400 development laboratory for 12+ years, I recognize firsthand that this book effectively interweaves insider knowledge with everyday, end-user needs.
Great job. Keep 'em coming! Well worth the money.