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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Newbies get some experience too!


I have a couple of years working with security and that experience combined with reading this book is what helped me pass the Security+ exam. I read some of the other reviews for this book, and I was disturbed to see a couple of them say things like "I expected to read this book and pass the exam...." Well, that's the problem with networking and specifically security today. Qualified security professionals are in such high demand that anyone who is not a mouth breather (and a few who are) tries to get a couple of certifications and then get a really good job. It's not that easy. Just look at the objectives for the exam. They don't go particularly deep in any one area, but they are incredibly broad. You need on the job experience to have been exposed to all of the things on this exam. IF you don't, I hope you do fail because you shouldn't be in a position to secure anything yet. You can't expect to just read a book ANY BOOK and pass. That said, if you do have experience and you are going to take the exam, this is the book to read. I read this one cover to cover and I've read large portions of most of the others. This one is significantly better than the rest. It is more accurate and detailed than anything else.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Decision Support Systems and Intelligent Systems (7th Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Efraim Turban, Jay E. Aronson, Ting-Peng Liang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A MUST READ!!!


I found this book to be extremely insightful and helped me in understanding DSS's. The authors must be commended on their style and logical approach to this textbook. The book successfully take a complex system and presents it in an interesting format with real-world examples. I would recommend it to anyone interested in learning about DSS's.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Hatch, James Lee, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Rocks!!!


Man, this book is great! I've learned tons of tricks in the last five days with this book. This has so many examples and tools that you can really learn the hacker's secrets.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Programmer & Developer for Java 2 Study Guide (Exam 310-035 & 310-027)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I love this book! (and make flashcards)


I know I'll be labelled as a complete nerd for saying this, but I really enjoyed just *reading* this book. The style is amazing; I hope the authors are going to write more. It's really, really, clear and direct and without any "and thus it is therefore" sort of academic ponciness.
And maybe because of that or because they also know how to clarify technical topics really well, the light bulb really went on for some stuff I'd been kind of fuzzy on before. I kept saying "so THATs how it works." You'd think I would have known these topics already a little better, and I thought I did, but these explanations gave me that last 30% that really solidified my *understanding* of the topics, not just knowledge of them. If that makes sense.
I REALLY like the Exam watch tips, there's a whole bunch of really good tips throughout the book, to make sure that you're getting it as you read. And there are a ton of practice questions which I found really helpful; I know the test is supposed to be screamingly difficult and tricky, and these questions seem to be a really good prep for it.
There's also a CD that has two more full practice exams on it. (Did the first exam and man, [I did not do well]on threads but sailed through garbage collection, thank god.)
A few typos but frankly, under par for the course given some of the other books I flipped through.
I really like this book and while I haven't read all the way through the other cert books, I skimmed quite a few and would recommend this way above any of the others.