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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cryptography Decrypted
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: H. X. Mel, Doris M. Baker, Steve Burnett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Not just for nerds and the military anymore


Cryptography Decrypted is perhaps the best introduction to current cryptography available. It covers everything you'd expect from a cryptography book (symmetric key, public key, MACs, SSL, IPsec) but does so using pictures. Nearly every page has a friendly diagram explaining otherwise complicated details, all without cheapening the content. No mathematical background is required, but you'll pick up some number theory by the time you've finished reading it. A co-worker of mine who bought the book said "My spouse could understand this!". Cryptography Decrypted is for anyone who likes to learn on their own, or for security folks that find themselves regularly explaining cryptography to less technical individuals.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Designing Web Visibility


A model of clarity. The best of its type



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: A Discipline for Software Engineering
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Watts S. Humphrey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A blueprint for capturing metrics!


Watts again shows why he has helped pioneer the field of Software Process Improvement (SPI). The book breaks down large and complex industrial software practices to a much smaller and indiviual scale. This allows developers and Software Process Engineering Groups (SPEG's) to clearly identify software processes within their own work. The examples from small developmental work samples easily show the correlation with statistical trends and what metrics to capture. This book will help SPEG's and developers use the correct metric results right from the start to help create better software products.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Software Agreements Line by Line: A Detailed Look at Software Contracts and Licenses & How to Change Them to Fit Your Needs
Publisher: Aspatore Books
Authors: Michael Overly, James Kalyvas, Aspatore Books Staff, Aspatore.com
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great Content


Pros: Must read for software managers
It is definitely one of the best descriptions for software agreement that I could find. I would rate the content at 5 stars.

Cons: The quality of the paper and the print is extremely low.
The book is about 120 pages printed on "yellow" paper with relatively small font. You have the feeling that the printer that printed the book was running out of ink. When you open the book it is difficult to read in the middle. It looks more like a novel than a computer book...