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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking: The Art of Exploitation
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Jon Erickson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Very Technical & Overly Philosophical

I bought this book to gain a better understanding of how modern OS and Network protocols can be exploited (hacked). While this book covered these topics in some detail, it lost my attention due to its lack of explanation. I am an IT professional with high level programming and networking experience and I felt that certain topics (such as x86 machine language, and memory calls) where glossed over. This book would have a had a wider audience if it included more explanation. Some parts of the book are well written while others are rushed through.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book for getting certified

Just passed the test with an 88. The only cert books I used in preparation were "The Java 2 Exam Cram", and this book. Now that I am certified the "cram" book sits on a shelf, but this book follows me to work and back. It is much more than a certification preparation book, and I would say the questions the author gives in his review sections and in the back of the book are on par, if not harder, than the actual exam questions. Take your time, read this book, work the questions and examples - you will pass.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
All these other reviews have been my recovery therapy...

This guide tells you absolutely nothing you couldn't figure out on your own. All this thing says is "Want to know more? Go to Playonline.com!" Why not just go to Playonline.com for free? This thing is garbage. My dog is a better strategy guide than this.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's MVS Tso: Concepts and Ispf (MVS TSO)
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Doug Lowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great beginner's source for TSO.

Doug Lowe does a great job with this easy to read text on MVS / TSO. Get this book if you need to jump right into MVS. Plenty of examples and real world analogies make this book a must have for your reference library.