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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The right information in the right size package

This book provided me with two essential elements I needed for a first time successful CISSP exam. Krutz and Vines have put together a nice package of information which can serve as both a roadmap and the motivation to get the CISSP done and focus on information which is certain to appear on the actual exam. It should be noted that this book was the sole preparation I used for the February 2002 exam and I read the book through twice. What I particularly liked was the organization of the data - especially the section on Cryptography - which forced me to reflect on past experience and technical areas I have not touched in many years. I strongly recommend this book for all CISSP candidates and those interested in a broad review of key network security subjects.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Microsoft ADO.NET (Core Reference)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: David Sceppa
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Easily the best on ADO.NET

The author seems to know the reader's mind.When a question crops up, the answer seems to be right in the next one or two paragraphs.
The author could do better, and earn a 6-star, by going further into Windows Forms-related tasks, such as using ADO.NET/Windows Forms to perform data-entry functions, data validation, etc, as these are classic chores for a front-end database developer.
Also this book is the only one worth reading among those Core Reference titles from MSPress.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning ASP.NET Databases Using VB.NET
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: John Kauffman, Fabio Claudio Ferracchiati, Brian Matsik, Eric N. Mintz, Jan D. Narkiewicz, Kent Tegels, Donald Xie, John West, Jesudas Chinnathampi, James Greenwood
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Mostly ADO.NET, very little ASP.NET

I was very disappointed with this book. Yes, it's useful for understanding the new ADO.NET objects, but then keeps it's focus on RDBMS design instead of relating how to usefully implement ADO within an ASP.NET application, which is what I wanted.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Official Final Fantasy VII Strategy Guide
Publisher: Bradygames
Authors: David Cassady
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Incomplete & Inaccurate.

This is a great book to consult if you are stuck in one area of the game. It is worth it if you purchase it along with the book. It is also great if you are trying to make your game have impressive stats. It has plenty of full color maps, enemy stats, materia help, etc... I would recommend this book to anyone who has trouble with in-depth role playing games.