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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Information Systems Security Officer's Guide: Establishing and Managing an Information Protection Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann
Authors: Gerald L. Kovacich, Gerald Kovacich
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THE how-to job book.

One of the biggest challenges in any career is how to present yourself and your objectives to gain favorable support from others. Once you scan inside this book - you'll realize how powerful it is.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCSD .NET Solution Architectures Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-300)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Randy Cornish, Don Pavoni, Thomas Moore, Eric Rockenbach, Ed Tittel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Tons better than the Microsoft book

This is a focused book - focused on the exam. The microsoft book is a propaganda book for the microsoft method and MIGHT be useful in general terms. However, this one has personality and examples, whereas the Microsoft book is dry, humorless, and is little more than an endless series of lists.
This book seems to be written by a person who has a lot of experience doing analysis and design and really wants to comunicate knowledge, whereas the Microsoft book seems written by a computer.

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
An instant classic

If you are contemplating the purchase of this book, buy it! This is one of the most well written books that I've ever had the pleasure to read. If you are marginally interested in this topic, Dr. Singh will keep you spellbound. Dr. Singh has a gift for taking a dry, technical subject and bringing it to life. I would, however, caution those who are looking for in-depth technical descriptions. That being said, The Code Book provides a wonderful entry level history and technical description of the science of cryptography.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Genetic Algorithms in Search, Optimization, and Machine Learning
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Goldberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great introduction to the field

One seldom finds a book as well-written as this one. The underlying mathematics are explained in a very accessible manner, yet with enough rigor to fully explain the "partial schemata" theory which is so important to understanding when and where GenAlgs can be applied. It is the lack of coverage of this theory which causes so much misunderstanding and disappointment in the power of genetic algorithms.
But beyond the background math (which makes up a small part of the book) this is really a tutorial on implementing GenAlgs, and it is an excellent one. The sample code is great, and the implementations are developed throughout the book, allowing the reader to implement simple (but functional) algorithms after reading only the first few chapters, but building to very sophisticated and modern techniques by the end of the book.
A great find.