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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Exam Cram 2 (Exam Cram SYO-101)
Publisher: Que
Authors: Kirk Hausman, Diane Barrett, Martin Weiss, Ed Tittel
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

The is a great book to start with. But you still will need other material to help you pass the exam. Just for the integrity of the Securtiy + cert, I'm not going to give you the other book I study from. If I do that then everybody will pass the test, and that's not good for me. Sorry

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded System Design on a Shoestring
Publisher: Newnes
Authors: Lewin Edwards
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
GNU/ARM Jump Start

This is an excellent book. I bought it sight-unseen and have been very pleased. The book takes you step-by-step through bringup of an inexpensive ARM7 evaluation board, first using assembly and then using C language with the Newlib embedded C library. The freely available GNU tool chain is used, so you can get up and running without investing in big-ticket commercial development tools.
The book is based on the Atmel EB40 evaluation board. The pricing sweet spot no longer favors this board, so I bought the EB40A instead. I had to figure out differences in the memory map, PIO addresses for the LEDs, and USART clock enable, but this was straightforward after Google searches for the EB40A.
I highly recommend this book. The technical content is accurate, and it is well-written. It appears to be written by an embedded developer, for embedded developers. Other embedded books I have read recently seem organized around marketing objectives, and are over generalized. Those books are interesting but not very useful in the practical sense.
Edwards' book is useful in the practical sense. I hope he continues to write. I'm ready with my credit card when his next book is published.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Java(TM) Tutorial: A Short Course on the Basics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mary Campione, Kathy Walrath, Alison Huml
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent book

this is a great book for anyone jumping from c++ to java.after 2 semesters doing c++, i did not find it worthwhile to pay for java class so i bought the book. it was great, i read it straight through (like the author recommends) and by the time i was done i was able to transfer my c++ algorithms into Java code.Java is now a piece of cake.also recommended, "Core Java, Advanced" by Sun Microsystems.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Handbook of Applied Cryptography
Publisher: CRC Press
Authors: Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. Van Oorschot, Scott A. Vanstone
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive academic treatment

This book provides what is probably the best, up to date survey of the field. The book is more academically rigourous than Bruce' Applied Cryptography but may be rather tough going for those wanting a more introductory book. On the other hand the price is substantially greater.
If you want to learn about the number theory behind public key cryptography this book provides the best roadmap.