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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Authors: SIMON SINGH
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent History of Cryptography, And a Great Read!


This is one of the greatest histories of cryptography that I have ever read. It discusses many of fundamentals and also simple substitution ciphers and how they are broken. It keeps you in pace with the story so much so that when I learned how the Viegnere cipher was broken I originally thought it to be impossible. It is a fun read and it is clear to understand unlike some other cryptographic books and explains concepts very well. I especially enjoyed testing out trying out the Diffie Hellman key exchange and learning about the possible futures of Cryptography in Quantum Computers and Quantum Cryptography. A must read for anyone interested in learning the basics of cryptography. Definately a great place to start!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book, by the author of PERL himself.


How can you not give this book a 10. I, like others below, hadto learn PERL very quickly, and found this book to be terrific. Itis not a huge book, yet it has both a detailed reference section and a tutorial/usage/optimization section. Do not buy other PERL books until you buy this one. It is by no means the only book that is useful, but it should be the first you one read.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Grab a stupid quick cheap tutorial then pick this book up.


It's good as a reference book. Overall, I can NOT say it's the best C++ book for learning purposes, but it's very useful when you need to remember something that you used to know. The index is fine (for the second edition). I can say it's the best C++ book that I have...



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Essentially for Experienced C++ Programmers!


The first chapter of the book superbly explains the essence of COM. From that point on, the book becomes almost incomprehensible to a beginning/intermediate C++ programmer because of the author's use of highly technical and ambiguous terms. I think that from a pedagogical standpoint, this book is relatively "poorly" written. It is also riddled with errors, especially in the source codes.
Read the first chapter of this book and then get another book that deals with the mechanics of the COM architecture (or better yet, read the COM Specifications documentation from Microsoft).