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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in C++, Volume 1: Introduction to Standard C++ (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The missing piece

This book is the missing piece of the C++ puzzle, as well as the C and Java puzzle. The CD presentation, although a bit lithargic, is an excellent review prior to reading the book. Be warned, there's a lot of programming jargon thrown about in the presentation which may throw newbies off in to thinking this is not for them. Stick with it, once you get in to the book you'll agree that it's a great guide to OOP and C++. I'm now ready to crack open my Visual C++ learning edition and start hacking... I mean coding. I can't say I retained everything I heard and read, but that's the beauty of having the CD and the book, I can go back to these resources to get clarification. Good job Mr. Eckel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: SSH, The Secure Shell: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel J. Barrett, Richard Silverman
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5

I recently finished reading SSH, The Secure Shell, The Definitive Guide, by Barrett and Silverman over at O'Reilly. This book is exacly what the title says, it's a definitive guide to SSH. It covers installation and use. It incorporates SSH usage in a semi how-to fashion but it also contains what How-tos would leave out. It describes the how and the why related to protocols, procedures, programs (scp, sftp...) and configurations. Through out the book they discuss SSH1, SSH2 and OpenSSH (less) and a comparison of what one SSH version has over the other. It covers aspects like Installation and configuration, X11 Forwarding, Securing IMAP Auth and many others.
This book covers both the server and client aspect of SSH and I would recommend this book to anyone who would like an in depth look at SSH.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Jeff Webb, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but not enough

I was amazed by the number of mistakes and typos in almost every chapter. I hope an "Errata and Updates" will be published to correct them. (I can provide a list on request). Anyway, I got the impression that this book was published in a rush and might have not been thoroughly revised and tested.As for the exam, knowing the content of this book inside out will help but not 100% sufficient to pass. (Sample questions are far away from reality).The .NET DVD that comes with it is very helpful if you don't have the full version. It might be worth buying the book just for the sake of the .NET Software.Marcellin N'G.England (UK)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Effective Oracle by Design (Osborne ORACLE Press Series)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Thomas Kyte
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very wordy and informative

The author is a well known Oracle expert and this book is certainly informative. If you are experienced with Oracle performance tuning, or have read few other Oracle performance books, like I have, then this book doesn't offer much new. The scripts and examples in this book, however, are top notch and well worth emulating.

The publishers of books like this demand that the author write a minimum of XXX pages to justify an exorbitant cost of a book. Unfortunately, most people still believe the price of a book is determined principally by its thickness. Hence, we have books like this which could have been twice as good if it was condensed in less than 300 pages.