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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Programmer's Guide to Java (tm) Certification
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Khalid A. Mughal, Rolf W. Rasmussen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book worths every penny


This is an awesome book. Thank the authors for writing such a good book. I have just passed the certification by the help of this book. Here are some tips for people who are interested: 1) Read this book one more time if you feel that the ideas are still vague. I was amazed at how much I got out of it the second time I read this book from start to finish. 2) Run the programs in the book to get a more definitive understatnding. As far as the exam goes, you definitely need to understand JAVA to pass it. If you understand this book, you will do well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Definitive XSL Book!


If you are looking for a reference book for XSL, this is it. The information is very, very current. The author is extremely knowledgeable - no wonder, because he wrote his own XSLT processor. Besides covering the XSLT standards, he compares various XSLT processors, which is invaluable. Kudos to WROX for publishing this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Understanding Web Services: XML, WSDL, SOAP, and UDDI
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Eric Newcomer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent overview book on the data side of XML


This book is about the data side of XML as opposed to the document side. It is the first excellent (and mature) one I read so far. It gives a thorough introduction to all relevant subjects. Its chapters are often more helpful than an entire book devoted solely to the chapter topic. Especially helpful I found a lot of explanations for seemingly simple or trivial things that nobody else explained and I admittedly did not dare to ask.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cisco Router Firewall Security
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Richard Deal
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Arm yourself--secure and defend your network!


Cisco Router Firewall Security by Richard A. Deal is one firewall security book no networking professional should be without. The book begins with an overview on network security and firewalls, and continues with a showcase of Deal's extensive knowledge and experience configuring the Cisco IOS Firewall. Now, rather than re-inventing the wheel or relying on trial and error practices in configuring your Cisco IOS firewalls, you too can incorporate Deal's extensive Cisco Router Firewall Security expertise into your network security plan, or environment. In each chapter of the book, Deal walks you through best practice Cisco Router Firewall Security configuration as he explains and demonstrates, step-by-step, how to program the Cisco IOS Firewall feature set-from router security management to virtual private networking.

Networking professionals having an intermediate to advanced knowledge of Cisco routers, or at least a Cisco CCNA certification will benefit immensely from reading and applying the Cisco IOS firewall security features discussed in the book. All concepts and examples, such as configuration command files, are clearly explained against the backdrop of example network illustrations and thus easy to follow. Deal reinforces each and every illustration with appropriate, well-executed discussions for you to follow as he pin-points the reasons for implementing, or applying, Cisco IOS firewall security and how best to configure it for maximum advantage.

For networking professionals interested in pursuing a Cisco security certification, Cisco Router Firewall Security provides a wealth of tips, recommendations, considerations and cautions. While there is no CD-ROM included with the book, an abundance of configuration command file listings provide network administrators and engineers the opportunity of a virtual experience in the nuts-and-bolts of configuring Cisco IOS firewalls in a secure manner. Networking professionals will develop an unparalleled depth of understanding in best practice network security-such as properly securing the various modes and methods of accessing Cisco routers as well as the Cisco IOS firewall.

On a scale of 1 - 5, 5 being the highest, and in terms of usefulness and practical application, Cisco Router Firewall Security easily rates a 5. Network engineers and administrators will benefit immensely from this handbook of network security: from the illustrations showing where and why network security should be applied, the index which is strictly focused on cross-referencing network security topics, and the solid network security advice that reaches beyond Cisco-centric networking environments. Future books by Deal, as well as his previous book, PIX Firewalls, will undoubtedly prove to be excellent reading for the networking community at large seeking to increase the security of their networks and to ward off ever-increasing network attacks and intrusions.

If shooting from the hip in dealing with network security issues is your stick, Cisco Router Firewall Security is the book for you. Cisco Router Firewall Security provides a smorgasbord of tried and tested network security process, procedure and application-providing a comprehensive set of tools and case study material that can be either adapted in whole or in part when making your case, or justifying, how you intend to protect or defend your network against attacks.

Without question, you absolutely must add Deal's Cisco Router Firewall Security-a stellar treatise on both applied network security and applied firewall security-to your networking bookshelf. Arm yourself with the necessary knowledge, skills and practical application to secure and defend your network-and in essence your job-or else, you're fired!