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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CISSP All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition (All-in-One)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Shon Harris, Shon Harris
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not studying this book for the CISSP is a mistake!


Earlier this year, I submitted a review stating that this book is excellent if you are studying for the SSCP (the other cert offered by ISC2), because I passed that exam using Harris' book in part. I passed the CISSP on Sept. 28, 2002, and I studied Harris' work carefully prior to that test as well, in addition to the thin, orange volume by Krutz and the rest.
Once again, Harris' work has my hearty recommendation. It is an excellent resource for the following reasons:* Despite what some of the other reviews say, the book is *very* well written. Harris' writing is lucid, and she provides a strong conceptual foundation for the test. The other book (by Krutz, et al.) is also useful, but for review purposes mostly. Harris does a better job providing complete information about security concepts.* The "Quick Tips" at the end of each chapter are invaluable. STUDY THEM.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: C Programming Language (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Brian W. Kernighan, Dennis Ritchie, Dennis M. Ritchie
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
best book on C


Any serious C programmer should own this book. It may not be you first book in C if you have never programmed before (even then I suggest you try to start with this book, it definitely pays off). This book is comprehensive and straight to the point. And very accurate -- you'd be amazed by how many C books out there that are just plain wrong, either because the authors don't know what they are talking about or they bend the concepts to make them more accessible -- always a bad idea.
First part of the book is a tutorial-style introduction to the C language. Definitely read each chapter more than once if you are just learning to program. The exercises are excellent, and answers are provided in a separate volume. Even if you solve the problem, still take a look at the answers. You pick up clear and efficient style by looking at good code. Remember some of the subtlties talked about in the book you will not get until you are much more experienced with C.
Get this book. It's expensive, but worth it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSE Windows XP Professional Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram 70-270)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Dan Balter, Derek Melber, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A simple must have!


Lays out a clear roadmap for test preparation providing helpfull tips, real world examples and many external tools and informational sources. Self assessment section spells out the ideal baseline of knowledge and strategies to achieve this and successfully pass the 70-270.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Configuring and Tuning Databases on the Solaris Platform
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Allan N. Packer, Sun Microsystems Press
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Once in a bluemoon a classic is born!


This book doesn't belong on your bookshelf it belongs on your desk beside your workstation. Mr. Packer's clarity, conciseness and comprehensiveness in his coverage of a complex topic is a tour de force that few technical writers are able to achieve these days. Written for an intelligent reader in mind, the subject matter is explained simply, directly and elegantly. No profusions of analogies, this author knows what he's talking about and he can explain it.
The organization of the chapters is first-rate. You can get to the heart of the matter with a quick glance at the table of content. The indexing is excellent. I'm amazed that I can find an entry for most of the topics I'm looking up. It has become my first point of reference for configuration and tuning issues.
Do yourself a favour, BUY IT! I'm already looking forward to the second edition of this masterpiece.