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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside Network Perimeter Security: The Definitive Guide to Firewalls, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Routers, and Intrusion Detection Systems
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Lenny Zeltser, Scott Winters, Karen Fredrick, Ronald W. Ritchey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Resource for Security Professionals

This book is no doubt an excellent resource for security professionals, all chapters give very good info on Perimeter security. Good for those preparing for SANS GCFW Certification.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Impressive amount of detail

I have just finished reading the first complete chapter (chapter 6, one of the longer ones) of the book A Programmer's Guide to Java Certification by Khalid A. Mughal and Rolf W. Rasmussen, and I have to say that I like the book very much. It is NOT for beginners that don't know programming already, but for those that like the language presented more formally, and definitely not in the style of the "Learn Java in 21 Days" or "...in 24 hours" etc (which some people say are a waste of 21 days, 24 hours and worse of all, a waste of TREES, but I digress...). Its style is more academic than that, and I would see it being used in a four-year college for a Java class.The review questions, which are dispersed over a chapter, are really good, and the answers are very well explained in an appendix. I have not gotten to the programming exercises, which are at the end of chapters. This is a book that goes way beyond what is strictly necessary to pass the test, which is something I like. I don't believe in "bare minimums". The only time I had to e-mail the authors, their reply came promptly and to the point, including code example. This is not what you usually get with other books. Some books even by Sun/Prentice Hall don't even have an errata web page. This one, of course, does.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL 101
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Christopher Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Absolute Beginner

I am taking a SQL course in college in order to be able to starta new career when I leave my present career. I knew absolutelynothing about SQL when I started the class. My instructor referred me to this book "PLSQL 101" to use besides my classbook.This book explains things much better than the book supplied byOracle! It's very easy to read and comprehend. Very nice. With this book I have learned and absorbed a lot of information to help me along to a new career. Without this book as a sidekick to my classbook, I probably would have stopped.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Doug Tidwell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent advanced tutorial

I approached this book expecting to be disappointed. After all there is no shortage of good introductions to XSLT on the web and in Micheal Kay's book we already have an authoritative reference. Actually this book is that rare breed - an advanced tutorial. The book begins with three chapters of introductory material. Wisely the author does not go into every feature. But the meat of the book is in chapters 5-8. It covers in detail keys() in chapter 6, sorting (chapter 7), document() ( chapter 8) and concludes with an excellent introduction to extension elements and functions. The writing is lucid and the author often evaluates alternative strategies. The appendix lists all the XSLT elements and functions with examples which alone is worth the admission. I have already read it twice and I recommend it strongly.