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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Modern RPG IV Language, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Mc Press
Authors: Robert Cozzi, Bob Cozzi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference book for the experienced RPG programmer

As an experienced RPG programmer I found the book to be an excellent reference book. The examples in the book clarify the written material and are very helpful when trying new things for the first time. Although the language has been out for several years many of the AS/400 programming shops are just getting into it. My first experience with the language was at the Common conference, where Robert Cozzi held sessions. I then did not get to really use the language for over a year later. This book has helped me re-learn the language and take it a few steps further with my projects at work.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
Publisher: Anchor
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very Insigntful, Thouroughly researched....... Excellent

Simon Singh has done a terrific job of making this book insightful for a lay reader as well as to someone who's interested in Mathematics and Cryptography.
He traces the history of cryptography and cryptanalysis, in a very engaging settings, begining from Queen Mary of Scott to the modern day information security standards and policies.
He has presented the evolution of cryptography, alongside the evolution of mathmatics, languages and techonolgy innovations, in a very naturally fluent manner which puts, an essentially mathematical and academic subject, in an interesting and readable perspective.
Singh has also described, in a very thought provoking manner, the role of WWI and WWII, which played a significant role in accelerating the developments in this field.
Towards the end, there is a balanced analysis of opposing schools of thoughts, on the free development and use, versus restricted development and monitored use to cryptography.
A must for everyone determined to play a role in the emerging information economy.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic 6 How to Program
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem Nieto, T.R. Nieto
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not for Novice

I thought the book was consfusing when I first browsed it. Now a few months later, I know VB pretty well. This book is really an intermediate book. It will KILL beginners that have little programming experience. I think the step by step book from MS is a good starter book, and this can follow up from there.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Needs supplements

I just passed the C# and VB.NET tests. The C# test is the harder of the two. About 30% of the C# test is about ADO.NET. I would recommend an additional supplement in regards to data access objects. I passed the tests by memorizing this book and then using the internet to clarify topics that are poorly explained in the book or have typos in the examples (ADO, VB event handlers, command line params, component creation). Also, don't worry about the section concerning System.Drawing - I didn't see any graphics related questions on either test.