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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
I love it


At the time of this review there have already been other 159, and all with 5 or 4 stars, so what else to say ?But I couldn't stop myself from writing some more compliments.While not being stuffed with math formulas, it's able to deliver deep understanding on the basis of chyper and coding. And there is even more, because the main focus isn't on the techniques, but on the history of coding, and I can assure you there is plenty of it. After all keeping secrets has always played an important role in our life, beeing them innocent paper messages on schooldesks or war-resolving "Enigma-encrypted" messages.So my advice is : if you were thinking about reading it, definitely do. And also if you weren't.......



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not for beginners


This is, contrary to the Australian and SF reviewers below, the book that defines what is the C programing language, by the people who created the C programing language. What seems to have been missed is that this is not a happy-happy joy-joy "We'll hold your hand while you stumble through a book written for elementary school children, that teaches you trivial concepts about programing while learning nothing substantive."
This book is not for amateurs nor newbies. Reviews that criticize it for that are from people who simply have no clue.
It is quite simply the most important resource for programming in C for anyone who is actually concerned about the actual definition and capabilities of the language. You can in fact learn C by reading this book, but I wouldn't recommend it for that. I would recommend it to someone who knows how to program, knows the basics of C, and needs a reference for "how things really work, deep down in the core of the langauge."



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Java Programming Language Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Joshua Bloch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best Software Book I Read in Years.


This is the best software book I read, since Meilir Page-Jones landmark OO book. It is just an intellectual pleasure and delight to read. Even if you are not interested in Java itself, this book is well worth reading. I have to admit that I was annoyed at James Goslings praise in the book flap. After all he is the inventor of Java and a very smart guy indeed. But after reading this book, I do believe him that he truly needs this book.

This book is one of the handful of books about how TO USE JAVA. It is written in the tradition of Scott Meyers "Effective C++" and even surpasses this landmark book in quality. It has 57 items of interest organized in ten chapters. Each item can be read alone and the items can be read in any order. Still it is pure delight to read the book from cover to cover.

This book describes the consequences of the interplay of the basic Java concepts with nearly mathematical precision (no formulas). It helps you to write library quality code. It gives you a feeling, where you have to be careful... It increases the quality of your code and your joy of programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Destined to become a classic


I read all the magazines and buy all the books. This is hands down the best of them all. It taught me advanced techniques that no one else did. The explanations and the narrative are par excellence. I really love this one: "The advice I usually give people thinking about using cursors is not to." Ha Ha! The book is loaded with little gems like this. It's not just a "how-to" book, but a "why" book as well. He doesn't just tell you how to do something, he shows you, then he explains why and how it works. Great stuff. A book every T SQL developer should have.