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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Applied Cryptography
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. Van Oorschot, Scott A. Vanstone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Advanced Crypto for the college mind.


This very detailed work is not for the light hearted. It's an in depth look at the mathmatics behind cryptography. If you're looking for a book to help you program then look for Applied Cryptography by Bruce the crypto king instead. If you're looking for something to help you learn cryptoanalysis and how to break codes then this is the first step.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A single volume covers both elementary and advanced topics


This book is actually 2 books in one cover which can be purchased separately. The first is a tutorial on C++ and the second on Visual C++ and MFC. Even though I have studied C++ a bit I thought I would buy this one for a review (and to cover what I didn't already know).
I found the C++ tutorials to be excellent. Probably the best of any computer related book I've read. I was able to easily follow the topics that were grouped in logical order. All examples were concise and found no errors which weren't immediately obvious.
I've just begun the Visual C++/MFC sections of the book (though I've skimmed it a bit). These look to be a great start with the foundation presented from the previous chapters. This will probably not be your last book on the topic but will certainly get you going in the right direction.
This book has made me seek out other books by Mr. Horton and strongly consider Wrox. The book is pretty big but there's lots of info there and lots of good examples. Even though I'm a programmer by profession, I consider myself a C++ beginner and couldn't imagine a better resource for learning MS Visual C++.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Version 2003 (Book & CD-ROM)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply a superb book


I've read a lot of tech books. Most leave you wanting even the basic necessities. This book is fabulous. It's clear, concise and well organized. After reading a topic, I feel like I have a clear understanding of it. I've been actually applying what he writes in real situations and they work.
Highly recommended!
By the way, I'm reviewing the 2002 version. I'm thinking about splurging for the 2003 version!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Building The Perfect PC
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Robert Bruce Thompson, Barbara Fritchman-Thompson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It Passed the "Ultimate Test"


When I bought this book, I vowed I'd come back and give it a 5 star rating if I successfully built one of the recommended machines without either drawing blood or producing smoke in the process. I'm happy to report I'm writing this review from my newly built mainstream PC.

Some experienced builders may complain there is too much detail in the instructions. Believe me, every little detail helped me get through the process, and it was much more fun than I thought it would be. It's very likely I will be building another box or two from the book in the future. Great book!