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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Black Ice: The Invisible Threat of Cyber-Terrorism
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Dan Verton, Dan Verton
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
How many times can Verton quote himself in his own book?


This book is far too melodramatic.
Also, Verton quotes himself left and right. He used the word "I" a few hundred times too many.
He quotes and copies from his articles in magazines.
This book seems to be more of hype for himself than a serious look at things.
Don't read this book, it will only confuse the hell out of you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Guru's Guide to Transact-SQL
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Ken Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The ultimate T-SQL book


I have all the T-SQL books out there, and this one is by far the best of the lot. In fact, it's one of the best tech books I've ever purchased. The Cursors chapters and the one on performance and tuning are, alone, worth your money. The writing is lucid, funny, and colored by years of experience in the trenches. If you are looking for the ultimate T-SQL book, look no further.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Selling Used Books Online: The Complete Guide to Bookselling at Amazon's Marketplace and Other Online Sites
Publisher: Harvard Perspective Pr
Authors: Stephen Windwalker
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Stop, do not pass go, prior to reading this book!


Wow! Down to earth, entertaining information that I wish to heck I had prior to starting what has been one of my biggest delights and one of the biggest headaches I have ever known.
I left a job due to high stress levels and needed a way to make some money. I had bought a few books from Amazon and decided that I might be able to turn some of my already reads into some cash. Amazon sales has now become my main source of income.
Stephen Windwalker has written a book that takes you from the simplest nuts and bolts explanation of how to list a book all the way to properly dealing with Uncle Sam. His comments are accurate and if I had read his book sooner I could have saved some significant dollars. Some of the other books I have read on this subject left me wondering what world the author lived in (cause it sure wasn't this one).
If you intend to sell on Amazon for fun and profit, READ THIS BOOK.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Not for Learning


I bought a book, and was very unsatisfied for the following reasons:
1. It's not good for someone who wants to learn Perl. I'm fairly competent in C++, Java and VB and have more than four years of programming experience, still I could not learn what perl is about from this book. The authors seems to jump from one 'fact' to another, rather than presenting a well formed flow of teaching. The small but crutial facts (such as variable $_) are not explained in detail; may be because the authors are experts, they thought that anybody knew them by default. But that seems to be a mistake because those fatcs are not common in other languages and are new to even experienced C++ or Java programmers.
2. The author seems to prefer explaining why he designed perl in such a way to teaching how perl works. There are a lot of justifications in each section why perl is better. So, if you are a curious Perl fan, this book may be the one for you. If you are new to language and want to learn, the book will only discourage you.
3. Examples are very poorly chosen. Rather than introducing the bare minimum to understand a new concept, they provide a lot of unrelated new (probably advanced) concepts that distracts the reader. And the author goes on explaining those unrelated things on-the-spot, keeping the original topic aside; This is probably due to authors preference to real-world examples, and his dislike to write simple example programs even for a book ....
4. Almost every section has annoying forward references.
Summary: If you are a computer linguist, you already know Perl and are interested in the internals of language design, this book would probably interest you. But if you want to learn, go somewhere else. I think this book would have better be named "Perl: Technical Reference". But even for such a book, it's too inconvenient having to dig the long paragraphs just to find a minute detail. Why couldn't he use techniques other authors use to make their books easy-to-read - rather than adding a lot of not-so-funny jokes as footnotes?