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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Fundamentals of Database Systems, Fourth Edition
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ramez Elmasri, Shamkant B. Navathe
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Complete waste of paper, poorly written book.

I had to buy this book for my graduate level course, and what a waste of money and paper. The authors of this book are completely out of touch with current database technologies in the market. This book contains superfluous and invalid assumptions, and topics. Not only the materials are not correct, but the format it is presented, is very confusing and useless. I could not rate this book less than 1, otherwise I would. If your instructor is asking to buy this book for any classes, just drop the course.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Spring in Action (In Action series)
Publisher: Manning Publications
Authors: Craig Walls, Ryan Breidenbach
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Introduction to Spring

The Java development world continues to grow. Spring (often used in conjunction with Hibernate) is among the newest and is gathering quite a bit of attention. Spring brings almost all of the capabilities of EJB to the world of Plain Old Java Beans.

In this book Walls and Breidenbach have done a superb job of introducing Spring. Often computer books seem to leave out the first forty pages that describe just what it is that they are trying to explain.

In this book Chapter 1 is just about forty pages and is a really excellent introduction. It is titled A Spring Jump Start, but before it jumps off it has sections like Why Spring? This section starts off with a description of the process of writing and testing a bit of code using EJB. It then goes into What is Spring? This section talks about Spring both as a concept and with some very brief code samples. Then there's Understanding Inversion of Control, perhaps the biggest thing that Spring brings with it. And after that is Applying aspect-oriented programming, the secong big Spring thing. After reading this chapter the reader should have a pretty good idea just what Spring can do for him.

If you are still reading after Chapter 1, the remaining chapters give you all the rest of Spring's capabilities using an approach that's kind of tutorial related, kind of reference book oriented.

Compared to most computer books, this one is easy to read (intermediate level, you will certainly need to know Java before you start this book), and has just enough humor mixed in to help keep you awake (after all, it's still a computer book).

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-315)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Priti Kalani, Amit Kalani
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5

aced the exam and this was the only book i used. Be warned though that this book is not doing anything more than preparing you for the exam. If you really want to do more with .net than pass exams you should get other supplementary material though

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best introduction to cryptography

If you've used PGP before or if you are interested in understanding digital encryption technology, this is the best introduction that you can find.