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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developer's Workshop to COM and ATL 3.0
Publisher: Wordware Publishing, Inc.
Authors: Andrew Troelsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I can't believe it!

Say it isn't so...there is actually complete "raw" programs in this book. The presentation is very clear and well organized, it's so hard to find any book that will let you do anything without the MFC(or ATL for that matter). Those of you who want to actually know what's going on will really enjoy the majority of this book. Even when he brings in ATL, the author still on many occasions presents the raw programming equivalent of what he is doing in ATL. If only more people knew enough about what they were doing to write books this way...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming the Perl DBI
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alligator Descartes, Tim Bunce
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5

Don't get me wrong: This is a fine book. It's well-written. It's organized beautifully. The problem is it's just too thin for the price.
Roughly one third of the book is given to database theory entirely separate from the DBI. I think it's fair to assume that anyone who's looking into Perl & the DBI is going to be conversant with databases and persistence.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: OCP Oracle9i Database: New Features for Administrators Exam Guide
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Daniel Benjamin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Lacks depth and language geared towards experienced DBAs

This is book is geared for Oracle DBAs as the title indicates and is therefore written accordingly. It does have a few mistakes that you should be able to spot. As far as the exam is concerned, it covers most of the material on the test but don't use it as your only preparation tool because this book lacks depth. If this is your only study guide, unless you're an experienced DBA and master all the content in this book you will not pass the exam.

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: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great overview, but a little thin on details.

This book is an excellent comprehensive introduction to computer security from policies to technologies. However, as pointed out by other reviewers, the depth of content when it comes to specifics is rather shallow, but one must take into account that to discuss each of these topics in depth would require volumes of text, and much of the specific information can easily be found in texts devoted specifically to those individual topics or from online sources. Given the breadth of information discussed, I think it strikes a very effective balance in displaying the information necessary to understand the basics of computer security.

The book should have a home on the bookshelf of anyone who deals with computer systems. It also serves as a great primer for those in management or anyone else who is less than technical but needs a pretty concise 30,000 ft. level overview to understand what their technical staff is talking about.