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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Intrusion Detection (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Judy Novak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book. Could not put it down.

This has to be the best book on the market for Intrusion Detection. I could not put it down. You will learn how intrusion takes place and how to protect from it. The examples of intrusion are extremely useful.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try
Publisher: Velociteach Press
Authors: Andy Crowe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best of the Bunch! I passed because of it!

Andy Crowe knows his stuff! He keeps you focused on what is important to know to pass this very tough quiz. I have over 20 years of project management experience - and I can tell you that without the information that Andy supplies in his writings I would not of been able to pass! Andy and his company also gives 3 day intensive classes that are well worth the time to go to.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Software Project Management: A Unified Framework
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Walker Royce
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very readable Project management book

I picked this up thinking it will just another dry walk-through over the usually difficult software project terrain. Managing a software project is a complex, often under rated job: especially today when software engineering is going through a renaissance. Royce's book is a surprisingly good read. He examines the problems of why software PM is hard and what the industry went through to get where it is today. He highlights reasons why the Unified Process (okay, he *is* a principal of Rational) is necessary in striking a balance between what the clients need and what the software team can perform. I found the comparision of different software metrics useful and enlightening. There is even a good introduction to CMM.
I gave it a 4.5 star rating as at times Royce spends too much time on some personal favorite topic of his. But at no point is this book un-interesting.
All in all, Royce makes a good read out of a tough subject. This is not, however a book for the inexperienced software manager. You truely need to have gone through projects of various sizes and some tough project management before you begin to understand the book. Royce's book serves to fortify and aid what the software manager has experienced, enlightens managers on why software is the way it is, lists out pitfalls to expect, standards to follow. A rather good manual for the tough job of a software project manager.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Visual Studio .NET 2003 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jason Beres
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
I got what I paid for

This is the best book for Visual Studio.NET beginner. Just as the book's title, you really can learn VS.net in 21 days. The first seven days are awesome. Even if you never use any version of VS before or totally have no idea about the .NET concept. After reading the first week's contents, you would feel like you really get into the zone of .NET framework and vs.NET. The second week, it mainly talk about ADO.net, XML, and the programming languages. I was a bit disappointed about this part. ADO.net is much more complicated than the first week's basic stuffs, and the author was trying to make the completeness, squashed most of major features of ADO.net in just 2-3 days. So from this point, we have to forgive him. (there is a lot of good ADO.net books in the market, go get one if you want to go further. I bought the MS ADO.net core reference) The last seven days talks about some advanced features (some of them only available in vs.net enterprise edition)or third party addons of VS.net, such as, crystal report, application center test, and sourcesafe. This information is good references for expericenced vs.NET users. (but it's a little bit too much for beginners).Like all tech books, there are some errors in this book, especially in the second week.Overall, I got what I paid for. The book brought me in the vs.NET door. I give 3 stars for it. (I take two stars off because of the second week and the errors)