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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding Web Services: XML, WSDL, SOAP, and UDDI
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Eric Newcomer
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good coverage, difficult read

I have been thrown into the web services technology without a parachute and this book has helped to put things into perspective. You are not going to sit down and write code from this book, but it does help to define all of the pieces of web services technology and get you started.
With that said, this was a difficult book to read because the writing style is very abrupt, does not flow, and reads like an old style academic textbook trying to impress and confuse the student. I've read more technical books that were easier to understand because they explain their subjects in more natural prose. I found myself frequently reading pages over one or more times.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C: A Reference Manual (5th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Samuel P. Harbison, Guy L. Steele
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only C reference a serious programmer needs.

The definitive C reference. The only C book I use (and I use it plenty.) Much superior to Kernighan and Ritchie's book.
Concise, well-written, well organized, good index. Don't let the small size of the book fool you--I've never had a question yet that it didn't answer.
Covers both ANSI C and K&R (old) C and describes the differences between them. Also gives function prototypes and descriptions for the C standard library routines.
This is a reference manual which is targeted to experienced programmers. If you already know several programming languages and you want to learn C, this book will work fine. If you're a beginning programmer, you should buy a C tutorial book first and buy this book later.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco(R) PIX (TM) Firewalls
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Richard Deal
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cisco PIX Firewalls, by Richard A. Deal

Very well written book. It covers both the hardware and software aspects of the PIX Firewall. I would HIGHLY recommed it anyone in Net Security.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Horrible Book

Although it's nearly a decade old, this book is still the best resource for understanding the intricacies of UNIX system calls. It does not cover graphical interfaces or networking; those are topics for other books. Highly recommended for seasoned programmers.