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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Text - Not Too Mathematical

This book provides excellent coverage of the mayor cryptography algorithms. It is a must have (for academic study or implementation), if only for the completeness of coverage and the comprehensive references. The C code provided is adequate, but reasonable programming skills are assumed. The book is not overly mathematical (which many of the other cryptography texts are - this is great for me, as I am more intereseted in practice). There is also good information on assessing / comparing the merits of different algorithms. Great for the practictioner or student taking a first course (it's still not bedtime reading). Mathematicians will look for more ......

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

If you are serious about selling books on Amazon and the other online stores you must read this book. If you consider online bookselling to be a hobby you should read this book. Even if you only sell the occasional book every few months or so you can still get some excellent information. Mr. Windwalker didn't just write a textbook, he gives the reader something that is well written, entertaining and amusing.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential COM
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Don Box
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you're mediocre stay away!

This book will teach you the low level API of COM, so if all you want to do is use the wizards, go somewhere else!
This book will bring you to a level sufficient not only for applying COM to your applications, but also for implementing it from bare scratch (actually from C++ and the WIN32 API)! Thus this book is more like a software engeneering book with a concrete model in mind.
Despite of what I said above, I do think that this book will give you concrete working knowledge with COM but you must read the whole book cover to cover before it does, as this book will tell you on a command only when you are ripe to UNDERSTAND what it does.
For example, the function CoInitialize is not mentioned, even not in a hint, up until chapter 5 (out of 7 chapters), even though almost no other COM API function will work before you called that particular function!
This book is still relevent in the days of COM+ and .NET as it is more then a simple user manual. Further with this book (read cover to cover) you don't need anything else to use COM althouth you do need other books for COM+ and .NET.
In short, if you are above average read this book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Practice of Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Rob Pike
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Doesn't go beyond the basics

I really wanted to see more on software engineering, testing tools, etc. I think this book, if done well, would have been a huge tome. Instead, it is not a very insightful book for an experienced programmer. While it would be very useful for a novice or intermediate programmer, I'd have to recommend Code Complete over this one.