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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Delphi for .NET Developer's Guide, First Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Xavier Pacheco
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent, lots of advanced topics

Though this book aimed primarilly at .NET rather than Delphi it self, but I think its approach is correct, for the readers that already familiar Delphi 5/6/7. I would call this book '.NET for Delphi programmers'.

This book contains advanced topics I didn't feel useful first time. But lately I migrate some old Delphi 5 compoment packages
to VCL.NET, I found there're many useful topics in this book.

In a word, I like this book and it worth the money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Windows XP Professional
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Mark Minasi
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Learing Windows XP

This book covers the basics and advanced inner workings of Windows XP. I bought this book to help me with:
1. Password and Multiuser Environments2. Home Networking and Peer to Peer Setup3. Customizing windows for users4. Windows Network Sharing Setup5. Login Help with Passwords and User Envirnments
This book will help you get around Windows XP and set it up the way you want.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books out there

If you are into DB theory, and you want to gain a strong understanding of it, this is one of the best avenues to get you there. There's not one single thing about this book that isn't totally great. Everything, everything about it is first rate.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Refreshinly honest, though a few too many topics

With all the literature on network security, I really found this book a refreshing change of pace. Security experts will tell you that it is not enough to just know how to update patches and turn off unnecessary services. One must understand the mindset of a hacker, know the tools they like to use, and how they see your network from their perspective.
I really liked the approach of this book. It obscures nothing, and gives the would-be security person an in-depth view of how one can penetrate a system given time and a little know-how. The blunt honesty of this book can be surprising, as it gives default passwords for routers and switches among other things, but its this sort of wake-up call that turns network admins into security -conscious ones. I am definitely this book is in print.
I did have to give 4 starts to the book because it covers so many topics that it cannot devote as much as I would like on any one. Sections on Unix and Windows hacking are better left in the other books in the "Hacking Exposed" series. However, the information contained in those sections is no less useful.
All in all, this is a very worthwhile investment for admins and security guys who want to see things from the other side of the firewall, so to speak. :)