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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Could be better.

I don't want to repeat all the criticism that this book already received. Just few points:1. The CD-ROM attached to the book has nothing to do with the book itself (the title of the CD is "Thinking in C: Foundations for Java & C++"). I would like to have something more useful. I did'n buy this book to learn C language.2. Eight pages of reader comments with all this "brilliant", "the best computer book", "excellent", is too much. These pages could be better used.3. When you buy the book online you don't know that you have to pay extra for the solutions to the exercises. The solutions are sold on Bruce's site. Not bad way to make extra bucks for the author, but it's bad for the readers who have to pay extra money.4. The author dives into the depths of the language but forgets to explain the elementary things. The assumption is that the reader already knows C++ should be discaimed. I haven't seen many books that are so poorly organized.

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
Truth revealed!

Recently I heard the Al Zazira website being hacked! Kewl!!! I wonder, was the Firewall system so poor of such a big website? Picking up this one, Hacking Exposed reveals how high profile sites and e commerce sites are penetrated. The book has endless Network security details and provides indepth knowledge of Operating systems, network applications and devices. Though it may motivate to educate Hackers, this book if seen on positive side, helps one to understand the security flaws in general that occur to hinder the website performances. System Administrators and Top Net Executives need to read the books to get 'Security Alert' & safeguard their interest to prevent any vulnerability. Administrative procedures help defeat from hack attacks to systems and counter measures make it ineffective.Techniques to hacking are exposed and breaking into telephony, firewalls systems etc. the various topics covered up.The Book Exposes what's really happenning on Network - Though for a common surfer its just a passing read but very useful to Tech buffs and interesting read to students who would be interested to know the way of the Wizard Networking. In Process of reading, one gets to be aware of how to use Hacking software but to the defensive point to take measures to point of protection. Normally not much into Technical reading, I recommend this book as a very good piece if you really wanna know the 'Hack Game' - Enjoy the Read!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Design Patterns
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Don't get me wrong!

Don't get me wrong! This is a very interesting book, but it just doesn't work for me. If you are anything like me, you love those good old serious books with less funny pictures. I find reading this book to be a waste of time because the style of the book is distracting. I know a lot of people who love head first series and it works for them. But I don't understand why? We are not kids anymore, unlike what authors of head first series think. Some of their jokes are really funny. Some others are just stupid! I give 2 star to the sense of humor of this book, but since the book is far less efficient for me than for example Manning Pulishing Books, I would give Zero to other parts of it. Again, this book covers a lot of good material, but just isn't for everyone. Beware!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Visual Basic .NET Step by Step--Version 2003 (Step By Step (Microsoft))
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Halvorson
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Pass It By

I had not worked with VB in over 7 years so i thought i would get a quick read from this book. What a waste of time and money! Why do authors think teaching you how to move a button across the screen is a good programming example?? The first 9 chapters is full of such foolish code examples but the funniest part comes in chapter 10 where the author states that now "you can safely call yourself an intermediate vb programmer" - that is hilarious and pathetically ridiculous at the same time. For the stupidity of that remark alone i would delete 5 stars. Do yourself a favor - don't even think of buying this book.