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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Introduction to Web Application Development with IBM WebSphere Studio, An: IBM Certified Associate Developer (IBM Certification Study Guides)
Publisher: Mc Press
Authors: Gary Craig, Peter Jakab
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Read the readme.txt!!!

You won't be able to do the exercises unless you read, very carefully, the instructions in the book's readme.txt. Thanks to another reviewer, I learned this and was able to get beyond page 65. The instructions in the book for loading the start-up files needed for the labs are wrong, and won't work!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Guide

An excellent book which ties together multiple aspects of Web programming under one cover. A must for professionals trying to grasp the architectural alternatives available to them to design web based applications. Smooth and clear writing style facilitates accelarated learning.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Information Security Risk Analysis
Publisher: Auerbach Publications
Authors: Thomas R. Peltier
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Awesome Content - hurried writing

I believe that this book was pushed out to the presses much too quickly. Be prepared to rewrite some of the processes because of poor writing (and/or proof reading). Some of the steps in the Qualitative Risk Analysis just strait up don't make sense.
However I give it two thumbs up for content. This book helped me with disaster planning tremendously.
Bottom line this book is worth the money and deserves/needs a second edition.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Ultimate History of Video Games: From Pong to Pokemon--The Story Behind the Craze That Touched Our Lives and Changed the World
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Authors: Steven L. Kent
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A fun and informative read

Video games have been an industry that has gotten more than it's fair share of flack. "They cause lazyness, truency, they are violent, etc." The thing people forget though is that video games are FUN. The industry itself has become a mammoth, racking in millions and joining the film and music industries as one of the big players in the entertainment business. The book is a big, retrospective analysis of the history of electronic games, from there humble beginnings at M.I.T. to the contributions by the "video pioneers" Nolan Bushnell and Ralph Baer. The book highlights some of notable points in the ride, such as:
-The pinball business and how the success of pinball in the 70's made way to the transition of video arcades.
-"Pong" and how it's success broke the initial game installed at a bar in California due to coin overflow by the games popularity.
-The yen shortage in Japan caused by "Space Invaders"
-Atari, how it was the fatest growing company in the world, and became an arcade giant and the first successful home system company despite Nolan Bushnells liberal views on running a business (whirlpool board meetings, pot-smoking employees, a beer keg in his office)
-The food that inspired Pac-Man, the greatest video game of all time.
-The Golden Age of video games in the 80's, followed by the "video game depression" in 1983.
-PC computers and the games created for them (Commodore, Apple, Amiga, etc.)
-Nintendo, the game that saved the company, and how it brought back video games in the mid 80's with the NES, a robot, a toy gun, and a game with the main character named after the company landlord.
-The Nintendo/Sega war during the 90's
-The creation of the ratings board for video games due to games such as "Mortal Kombat".
-The new generation of video game systems with the X-box and Playstation systems.
-Many of the lawsuits and influential court cases caused by video games (ex. Tetris, Game Genie, etc.)

This book is a ton of fun to read, and with many interviews with some of the best in the business, it's a book that is also informative. Bravo Steve Kent on a job well done!