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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Implementing Security for Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET (Pro-Certification (Hardcover))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Anthony Northrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book on a very heavy topic!

If you are programming any web/windows application in .NET, this book is a must read. From beginning to end it's an excellent read and a great resource for the newest exam in MCSD/MCAD track: 70-330 and 70-340.

Author's writing style makes you forget that you are reading pretty intensive topics.

I am coming back to this book again and again to find ways to make my code more secure. This is a must buy for anyone writing or planning to write a secure .NET application.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: TCP/IP Network Administration (3rd Edition; O'Reilly Networking)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Craig Hunt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another excellent reference from O'Reilly.

If you want to understand how TCP/IP networks work, both at a practical and theoretical level, this is the book for you. It is well written and covers all practical aspects of managing a modern TCP/IP network. Definitely another O'Reilly book that should be on every network admin's shelf.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: An Introduction to Genetic Algorithms (Complex Adaptive Systems)
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Melanie Mitchell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An introduction and much more

First it must be said that the book is not an introduction that the non-scientist will easily understand. Some knowledge of computer programming is assumed. It acknowledges this in the last paragraph of the preface. Many of the notations in the book are unfamiliar to business or financial readers. There is no mathematics beyond algebra so the aforementioned prerequisites are the main hills to climb.
Mitchell's book is an overview of genetic algorithm analysis techniques as of 1996. The author gives a history of pre-computer evolutionary strategies and a summary of John Holland's pioneering work. A description of the basic terminology is presented and examples of problems solved using a GA (such as the prisoner's dilemma). The second chapter discusses evolving programs in Lisp and cellular automata. Also included in this chapter is a discussion of predicting dynamical systems. This was the section that has the most interest for me. Also interesting was the summary in this chapter about putting GAs into a neural network so that the ANNs could evolve.
The fifth chapter discusses when to employ a GA for maximum success. I appreciate the clearly thought out discussion of when to choose a GA for a problem. Sometimes authors of these types of books mimic the man with a hammer that thinks everything looks like a nail.

Product: Book - Turtleback
Title: Layout Index: Brochure, Web Design, Poster, Flyer, Advertising, Page Layout, Newsletter, Stationery Index
Publisher: North Light Books
Authors: Jim Krause
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another Great Cookbook

This book is another great book in their series. I own both of them & used it everyday at work to save me time brainstorming. Cant wait for another one in the series. Great Jobs!