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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I have had just a sneak peak

I have just looked at this, but It sure is a feynman original.
Buy it if you have that kinda cash for this. I'd love to get a cheaper copy.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Applied Cryptography
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. Van Oorschot, Scott A. Vanstone
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
academic style

Menezes et. al. provide a thorough review of the field of cryptography. It's the first book I grab when I'm looking for something. Much more in depth than Bruce Scheier's "Applied Cryptography"

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must agree with everyone else, except...

I have to agree with the numerous individuals who bothered to write a review. The material is presented in an excellent manner. I feel the "picture-book" appearance, as a Huntsville reviewer writes, IS appropriate for the whole mission of the book: to simplify and clarify the inner workings of what may seem scarily complex to a lot of people.
Computer technology is too vast for even the experts to know everything about it. Contradictory to what "Very Disappointed" from Irvine, CA has to say (expl-A-nations), this is a must for anyone who uses a computer.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Must-read for Object Oriented Programmers

This book is a very interesting discussion of certain Object Oriented structures that continually reappear in solutions to computer science problems. This book outlines each pattern in great detail, giving its definition, use, and examples of each. The detail may be a bit much, causing the book to drag a bit, but it is invaluable later on when using it as a reference. The key benefits of design patterns are that they provide you with a common OO vocabulary for discussing these issues with other developers, and that they allow you to reuse certain core elements of an application, not having to solve a particular problem again and again. The book is an essential read for an intermediate to advanced OO developer. I hesitate to give it 5 stars because I think the book would have benefited from a more concrete sample application that brought in the patterns and showed the ways in which they communicate with each other, with sample code as opposed to diagrams. Even so, this book is great.