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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Securing Web Services with WS-Security : Demystifying WS-Security, WS-Policy, SAML, XML Signature, and XML Encryption
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Jothy Rosenberg, David Remy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book sure does demystify Web Services security

Perfect book for the novice as well as the person that thinks they know it all, but just wants to be sure. With the emergence of Web Services and the security concerns surrounding them, its nice to get an strong grasp on the different components that must be considered. This book does a very nice job at outlining the differences and helps anyone understand the critical need for understanding all aspects of securing Web Services. When put in perspective like this, it makes you realize that implementation is not so hard as long as you know what to implement.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Oracle8i: The Complete Reference (Book/CD-ROM Package)
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: Kevin Loney, George Koch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Database Book !!!

After reading the whole book I can say this is a best book about Oracle8i I have ever read. It has a great way of explaining all the major beginner and intermediate topics about Oracle8i. It is not the best reference for the certification, but is extremely great to understand Oracle8i database and features. Every chapter is great and covers lot's of diferent tecnologies on Oracle8i. This is the best Database book I have ever read. I recomend to everybody that is beginning working with Oracle8i or beginning working with databases.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Ann Rockley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Roadmap for CM Success

Pundits have guesstimated that, depending on the industry, anywhere from 75 percent to 90 percent of a company's information assets are stored in monolithic documents. And as recently as five years ago, most company executives and technical administrators would've said, "so what?" After all, Microsoft Word was (and still is) ubiquitous, the dominant paradigm had always been to store content in an unstructured manner, and most companies saw little value in managing content any other way. Some of the larger software development companies were exceptions because they had to create online help files consistent with training manuals or computer-based training systems. Except for these environments, managing information assets on a sizable scale wasn't common.
Then in 1998 the World Wide Web Consortium released its specification for the Extensible Markup Language (XML), a technology that opened the doors for pulling enterprise content out of proprietary formats and converting it into manageable data. Nearly five years later, it seems that every mid- to large-sized company is scrambling to put its information assets into a structured content-management environment before its competition does.
If you're wondering what all the hoopla is about, check out Ann Rockley's new book, Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy. This book contains more than 500 pages describing a systemic method for defining, evaluating, and preparing for an enterprise-wide content management program that actually benefits a company's bottom line.
Note that I said "content management program"; this book outlines a business development process, not a "one size fits all" IT project or "buy and try" software implementation. And even though Ann owns The Rockley Group and her two contributing authors are company employees, Managing Enterprise Content isn't a thinly disguised sales pitch in book form. This book outlines how to analyze corporate information assets, develop business processes to better leverage these assets, build technology systems for managing the assets, and prepare employees to recognize assets, follow the processes, and use the technology.
The book's sections contain chapters related to the section topic. Section I defines the fundamentals of a unified content strategy. Sections II and III are excellent, detailed descriptions of the content auditing and modeling processes -- the keys to success in any content management solution. Section IV is an overview of tools and technologies that support a large-scale content management implementation, and Section V describes how to manage the implementation. Section VI contains valuable resources such as strategy and tools checklists and an informative segment on how to pick the vendor or vendors that are right for your organization.
Don't let the book's structure fool you, however. Managing Enterprise Content isn't a high-level introduction to content management for a senior vice-president. The book reads as a road map for implementing a content management solution. It's not a book expressly for IT managers, although I think most would benefit from reading it. It's also not just for the business manager. Managing Enterprise Content is for the person who manages both the technologies and the processes for developing and distributing the information assets of an organization, because the book deals with the technical and business challenges in an implementation.
This duality of business and technology is part of the underlying theme of the whole book: A content management solution cannot be successful if it is approached as simply a "technology problem" or a "business problem." The business people have to begin by understanding how the content they create is reused elsewhere within the corporation, and they have to change the way they write to support reusing the content. Likewise, the technologists can't just interview two or three business experts and then go off to create a viable content management solution.
But many books on this subject have this same theme. These other books state that it takes a concerted effort from the business community to identify reusable content, create a usable workflow, and define the lifecycle for various content types, and it takes IT resources to evaluate the tools and delivery systems to support the effective creation, management, and archiving of content assets. What differentiates Rockley's book from the rest is that she describes the intersection of business and IT in creating a viable solution, and the bulk of her book defines this middle ground.
As I said earlier, the keys to success in content management are the content audit and the content model. The audit and model together define the essential components of the knowledge assets managed within a company, and taken together they're the foundation for every other process in developing a solution, including the evaluation of tools and vendors. In Chapters 4 through 12, Rockley takes the reader through the steps and products of the audit and modeling exercises, and then describes how information from these exercises define the metadata, workflow, and systematic requirements of a comprehensive, robust implementation. It requires business acumen and technological expertise to navigate this "no man's land" in creating a content management solution, and Rockley proves she's up to the challenge.
Personally, I found the passages described above and the resources in Section VI to be the most valuable parts of the entire book. If you understand the potential value of a unified content-management solution for your organization but are having trouble selling it to management, Chapter 3, "Assessing return on investment for a unified content strategy," and Chapter 4, "Where does it really hurt?" are worth the cover price. Those chapters describe a methodology for determining the ROI for implementing a content management solution within an organization and the ways to uncover "hidden" opportunities and challenges addressed by a unified solution.
If you're currently involved in bringing content management to your enterprise, or if you're getting ready to implement soon, you'll certainly want to pick up a copy of Managing Enterprise Content: A Unified Content Strategy. And if you're just starting to think about what an unified content solution could mean for your company, this book is an essential resource for understanding the entire process from conceptualization to implementation.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Francesco Balena
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's pretty good - like the rest have said

Yea - this is a pretty good VB6 book alright. If you are a beginner Gary Cornell's "VB6 From the Ground Up" is, IMO, better. But, I'd buy it again if I had to do it all over.