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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Request for Proposal: A Guide to Effective RFP Development
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bud Porter-Roth, Ralph Young
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The RFP book that htelp me to do the job well done

I was in charge to define the RFP for a big imaging system project and this book gave me the tools to plan, supervise and create the RFP that point out the requirements, so the providers can easily develop the correct solution in their proposal.
This book is ahead. Has very good explanation (easy to read and understand), well structured and the examples are good to have a clear idea of the content that should have all the topic of the RFP. It gave me the tools to map the plan, the definition of the requirements and the development of the RFP document.
This book must be in any library.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential CVS
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jennifer Vesperman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good book if you're a CVS user...

If you're looking for a low-cost entry into the world of version control software, the open source CVS package is a very logical choice. But like most open source packages, the documentation is less than perfect if you want something more than just a reference manual for learning purposes. It's at this point you need a book that explains a bit more about the why's of what you need to do. This book fills that gap nicely.

The target audience is both users and administrators of the system. Vesperman starts out with an explanation of what version management and source control systems are, and then goes into the usage of CVS for those different groups. And if you are thinking that CVS is just for managing code, think again. CVS can be used to manage any document types, such as code, documentation, images, etc.

If you're using Websphere Application Development Studio (WSAD), the CVS package has an interface built right in. You select that option during WSAD installation, and the right perspectives are added to your environment. You will still need to have a CVS server set up somewhere to manage the source files, and this book will be very helpful in aiding you during that process.

Since CVS is based on the Unix platform, all the examples in the book are set up to use command line interfaces to the functions. Vesperman uses plenty of scripts to show you how to accomplish all the functions, which is great. In my case, I'll be using WSAD to work with CVS as a developer, so many of those examples were wasted on me. Still, the concepts behind CVS and the general capabilities of the package are covered well, so a read-through on this book will benefit you either way.

For Notes/Domino developers, there is no interface you can use for this package. You could, if you wanted, check in your .NSF files and use CVS to manage the version control. You'd lose some of the benefits of CVS like file comparison, but it's still better than having no version control at all. There are non-CVS systems out there for Notes/Domino content management, and you would probably derive more benefit from those packages than trying to use CVS in this case.

ConclusionIf you are moving into the WSAD world for Java development, check out CVS for version management. If you do decide to go with CVS, get a copy of this book to supplement the official documentation. Recommended.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Computer Networking : A Top-Down Approach Featuring the Internet (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: James F. Kurose, Keith W. Ross
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wonderful Book

I had a wonderful experience reading this book. Not only is Mr. Kurose a good writer but his teaching is excellent. I had the opportunity to take a class with Mr. Kurose using this book. The book breaks down the Internet/Networking into 4 layers ( did not use the application, session, and physical layers ) and explains them very well. Excellent examples! Well written. In addition to those 4 layers the book goes over security, multimedia, and network management.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about networking.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good information on a rarely covered subject.....

En lisant ce livre de Mitnick, on comprend bien que l'ins?curit? informatique sera toujours d'actualit? tant que les intervenants en charge de la protection de nos machines se focaliseront uniquement sur le volet mat?riel et logiciel. a quoi bon mettre des barri?res si un utilisateur communique ses mots de passe par t?l?phone ? c'est ce qu'a bien compris Alain STEVENS, qui nous montre dans le Guide du Cyberd?tective (chiron Editions, ISBN 2702707831) que des recettes de social engineering sont disponibles en libre acc?s sur le net.