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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Java 2 in 21 Days (4th Edition) (Sams Teach Yourself)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Rogers Cadenhead, Laura Lemay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the Greats

After reading some of the other reviews I thought this book was not going to be that good, but when i got it it was quite the opposite. This book contains all the java you want to know about and you don't have to have that much programming knowledge behind you (although it helps). There are good examples of code with line by line analysis. It is well set out and easy to understand. It would of been a bit better if they had supplied a cd with the java 2 sdk on it but you can't have everything

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Tradings Systems That Work: Building and Evaluating Effective Trading Systems
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Authors: Thomas Stridsman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Book on Evaluating a Trading System

I have to laugh at the "Doubt" review below because anyone who thinks that you can make more money as an author than as a decent trader is misguided (unless your name is S. King or D. Steele). By the time the publisher and distributor extract their pound of flesh, the author is left with a meager cut. When an author writes a book, several other factors must be considered: ego, sharing knowledge, recognition, leaving a legacy, etc. Did the reviewer actually read the book or just paint a broad stroke?
A mechanical or system trader has plenty of time to focus on other tasks throughout the day in between executing orders. In fact, the reason why many system traders fail is because they spend their time babysitting positions and get sucked into making emotional decisions, i.e., taking the quick profit or ignoring the stop loss. It is so easy to sabotage a system, especially if you feel the need to exercise control over the trading decisions (that's 99% of us).
Stridsman's book is important because it provides the framework surrounding a trading system. You can plug any trading system into his evaluation model and generate all of the required performance metrics. Further, a trader who understands the details of the system and understands its behavior gains more confidence in trading the system. I recommend this book and Ralph Vince's "Mathematics of Money Management" for further understanding.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Peter Szor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is THE Computer Virus Book.

'The Art of Computer Virus Research and Defense' by Peter Szor is THE book i have been waiting for years.

It's very well written, very technical and full of history references allowing the reader to do further research. Unlike many books i have seen , this one can be read even if you have like me, analysed many computer viruses in the past.

The book is made up of two parts:


They cover everything you have ever wanted to read about virus, from Boot Sector to Polymorphic and Metamorphic viruses, Entry Point Obscuring techniques, Generic detections, CPU Emulation and Sandboxing, Kernel Mode Memory Scanning, Exploitation Techniques of Computer Worms and MUCH more!(the list is way too long!).
16 Chapters and almost 700 pages to discover the state of the art of computer virus research. This book is a must read as there is simply NO book that can compete with it.

I highly recommend it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Edition; O'Reilly Networking)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Craig Hunt
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Unix advanced people only

I got this book to learn about TCP/IP in general, but it is not for me. It for UNIX administrators as clearly marked along the top of the book which I should have seen in the preview picture. I was looking for something that explained the workings of the internet and networking for someone familiar with windows-based networking.It did have one useful chapter for me on what an IP address really is, and how packets fly through networks, and it looks good on the bookshelf in my office. So for this one chapter, and for it usefulness as a prop in my office, I give it four stars.