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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Expert Service-Oriented Architecture in C#: Using the Web Services Enhancements 2.0
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Jeffrey Hasan
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Overview of Service-Oriented Architecture

This book provides a very good overview of Service-Oriented Architecture in C#: Using the Web Services Enhancements 2.0. Mr. Hasan provides alot of background information and definitions for understanding the architecture and goes into detail about how the process works. I liked his writing style and ability to express these terms in a cohesive overview and explanation. I too like some of the readers would have liked to have seen a CD of code (I am a developer). I liked the discussion on security and that he alluded to the coming indigo development.

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: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Mitnick was never a wiz kid - he was a criminal though.

This book is about you. Yes, you. The carbon-based life form in his natural habitat - the cubicle - tapping high-spirited and without worries on the keyboard. In the age of abundant security hypes and the painful, daily confrontations with the insecure reality, you finally managed to build a secure environment. Life is good.A system is technically perfect when the only flaw in the system is the Human that operates, maintains and works with it. That makes you and every employee in the organization a target.Organizations in the world invest massive amounts of money in firewalls, anti-virus software, intrusion detection ,VPN technology... but often neglect the most important and vulnerable security component: humans.Kevin Mitnick brings you an essential piece of valuable awareness training packed in an easy reading book. Using realistic cases, interweaved with side notes, tips and lingo explanations from the master, you can start to mature and to fill the gaps in your security policy.
Review: The art of deception, controlling the Human Element of Security.By Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon.ISBN: 0-471-23712-4.Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc. (http://www.wiley.com).Review: stijn.huyghe@thti.telindus.be.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best technical book I've read

This book offers complete coverage of MySQL, as well as thorough references to the C, Perl, and PHP MySQL API's.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Fun Gameplay!

What can I say? WOC has done it again. They have gone and ruined one of the most flexible and fun role-playing games in history. If you really want to enjoy a Star Wars RPG go find West End's Edition at a used bookstore. Basically WOC has has written their there very own GURPS. D&D=GURPS Fantasy. Star Wars=any GURPS space titles. Too many rules get in the way of the story, and the story is what is really important in RPG Campaigns. Can you really have fun as a player if you have to keep referring to Alien Table 4 in the Table Annex on Page 34 in Chapter 4? No. Give me the old D6 system, good friends, and good beer.