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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeff Prosise
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Accurate, but Too Broad

Jeff Prosise has been around the Microsoft world for a long time. If you've been around awhile, you might recognize him as the author of Programming Windows with MFC or from several of his other books. This book, as expected, is very well-written and a technically accurate book. Unfortunately, it only musters a rating of three stars because it tries to cover too much. If you want a broad overview of .NET, then this is an excellent book for you. My problem with the book is that its first three chapters on .NET fundamentals don't cover the basics as deeply as I think developers should know them. The single chapter on Windows Forms that follows next is, frankly, completely useless. The next seven chapters (Part 2 of the book) do a very decent job of covering ASP.NET. If anything, this is a badly named book. It should be called Programming Microsoft ASP.NET. Part 2 is followed by a single chapter on ADO.NET. I recommend Mike Gunderloy's book for ADO.NET. Next are single chapters on XML, multithreading, and remoting. All in all, it's a good overview and a decent ASP.NET book (you'll still need another book or two on the topic).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How to Break Software Security
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James A. Whittaker, Herbert H. Thompson, Herbert Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Whittaker strikes again!

The software community has been awaiting for a book like this. It's a almost perfect intro to software security concepts. Again, Whittaker keeps it low in pages and words. In my opinion, the way books should be written (except ones purely theoretical). Once again Whittaker approachs is hands-on examples. Even if some examples don't apply to modern software the idea behind you is to get you thinking. I've applied the techniques in this book with extremely great results. Thanks James!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco IOS in a Nutshell
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: James Boney
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Yes, this IS another Nutshell MUST_HAVE!

IF you do any IOS commands and ever want to lookup details quickly, you'll LOVE this book. Also, IF you're learninganything from your 1st "conf t" to advanced BGP, You'll find the tutorial part of this book (first third) SUPERBLY clear.This book is SOOOO great, even for a beginner, that I just ordered 4 more copies for friends! This might even be the only Cisco book you need. (Note: NO mention of switches, STP, VLAN, etc.)

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Computer Programming, Volumes 1-3 Boxed Set
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Donald Knuth, Donald E. Knuth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Knuth's words on why assembly language

When I first started reading Vol#1 in 1970, I was throughly ignorant of Computer Science. I could merely program in Assembly, FORTRAN, and SAIL (a variant of ALGOL, then used in AI research). In the intervening years I have learned and used dozens of computer languages, earned a Master's and two Doctorate's and became a Director of CS at MIT (EE/CS) and Stanford (CSLI). I completely wore out a Vol#1 and applied significant wear on #2 and #3. While there are hundreds (if not thousands) of other computer books in my head, THESE produced True Understanding. Not for wimps or ignorant wannabe's or Micros**t style "programmers". O'Reilly publishes great stuff "In a Nutshell", but sometimes you want (or need) to go deep. Here's the Real Stuff.