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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Authors: Katie Hafner
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
And it's also a "leave-it-unsaid" jewel.

Lots of information is conveyed with excellent editing making this book a very fast read. But AT&T's 6-year opposition to distributed processing is as appropriately treated -- without comment -- as the telegram sent by Senator Edward Kennedy's office to Boston-based BBN Corportation when the latter landed ARPA's contract for the Interface Message Processor: Congratulations on your contract to build the "Interfaith Message Processor." This book's a beauty.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book, but lots of patience required

Randal Schwartz's "Learning Perl" is an excellent book for those who want to learn the Perl language. "Learning Perl" covers the basics of programming in Perl through 17 chapters, each averaging 20 or so pages with practice exercises at the end of each chapter. While Schwartz claims a novice could learn from the book, I had to re-read several passages and chapters before I fully comprehended his ideas. Tinkering with some Perl code and writing some experimental programs with the book in hand is a must.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about learning Perl and who has some experience in Unix and/or another programming language. I was a complete novice to both Unix and the basic concepts of programming when I bought the book. It took me the whole night to figure out how to execute a simple "Hello, world!" program on Mac OS X. After nailing down the basics of Unix through trial and error, however, I was able to execute more programs flawlessly. Assess your abilities and your commitment honestly before making the purchase. Good luck!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Security in Computing, Third Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Charles P. Pfleeger, Shari Lawrence Pfleeger
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

This book is still the best textbook on the market. Having reviewed (officially) many of the new competitors to this book, this book is still the best at providing an excellent overview to computing security, especially for computer scientists. While I agree with another reviewer that "Hacking Exposed" is another good book, it is not a textbook and does not provide the theoretical underpinnings that this book does. The old edition (2nd) was getting dated and I was glad to see most of the material that needed updating was. In particular, the networking section was updated and sufficient for my course in computer security. Other books tend to provide a more short-term view of security, than a textbook with solid concepts. This series of editions has done a lot to create a science of security, rather than just a collection of techniques.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sonet/SDH Third Edition
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Walter Goralski
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SONET is great

I came across this book through a friend. I found it very comprehensive and easy to understand. This is a great reference book to learn about SONET/SDH the TDM, ATM.