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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding the Linux Kernel (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Daniel P. Bovet, Marco Cesati
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Four Herrings for this book

This is a good book on the kernel.only thing lacking is Linux 2.6...guess it must be hard to write an Uptodate book on the kernel.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C# (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Karli Watson, David Espinosa, Zach Greenvoss, Jacob Hammer Pedersen, Christian Nagel, Jon D. Reid, Matthew Reynolds, Morgan Skinner, Eric White
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you don't want to work the basics--this is not for you

I don't comprehend the criticism of this book where the complaint implies the instruction within is too meager. There are twenty-four chapters, eight hundred forty-four pages and it's not fluff. It is an excellently structured "Beginner Level" book which lays a foundation over a broad expanse of C# territory. Each chapter explains principles, leads you through hands-on examples, recaps where the principles are implemented in the examples and then tests your comprehension with exercises at the end.

C# is not a casual topic and this book is not a casual read. You gain great insight when you work the code examples and answer the exercises provided. Between my workday and playtime, it took me three months to complete this book, cover to cover. I am confidant with the basics, such as ADO.NET, ASP.NET or XML handling, to investigate more advanced, specialized C# books now.

Finally, a change of publishers did cause the answers to the chapter review exercises to disappear from the web for a good while. But they're in the Peer-2-Peer forum at the WROX website now, listed under this book title as the topic.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator Official Study Guide (Exam PW0-100), Third Edition (Planet3 Wireless)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Planet3 Wireless
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Must reading for anyone interested in Wireless LAN's

Hands down this is the most comprehensive book on Wireless LAN Administration on the market today. To obtain the knowledge in this one book you would have to read several other books on wireless and read dozens of white papers. The CWNA Study Guide is a wealth of information and a must for anyone working with wireless LAN's or planning to.
Denny HughesNTEC

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Securing Web Services with WS-Security : Demystifying WS-Security, WS-Policy, SAML, XML Signature, and XML Encryption
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jothy Rosenberg, David Remy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excactly what we need given the state of the standards

This book hits the nail on the head. There are a ton of prospective Web Service and security standards floating around. These authors focus on just the ones that matter. XACML, WS-TrustedConversation, etc. etc. may have an impact later on. But today, it is WS-Security, WS-Policy, SAML, XML Signature, and XML Encryption that are the ones that count.