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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Final Fantasy IX Official Strategy Guide
Publisher: Brady Games
Authors: Dan Birlew
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
I want to give 0 Star!

This book is worthless. It tells you nothing. Every single peice of needed information is found on the playonline website. Basically this book is one big advertisement for the website disguised as a guide book. You can easily beat the game without it, or the help on the website. The book is not necessary, nor does it give any real helpful information. Don't waste the money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
common sense but still good

Most of it is common sense assuming you have experience which you need to register. Good for collecting the thoughts before you take the leap.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Voice & Data Communications Handbook (Standards & Protocols)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Regis J. Bates, Donald W. Gregory
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best introductory book I've seen

This is easily the best introductory book I've run across. It covers a wide range of topics in a manner that is conversational rather than dry and boring. It's an easy read and they make some very complicated subject matter very easy to understand. I was constantly amazed at how the material sprang off the page. Some outstanding historical material as well -- excellent overview of where the phone system came from.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Writing Secure Code, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Michael Howard, David C. LeBlanc
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best book I have read about secure software

Too many books talk about how to secure a network, and discuss network-based attacks, but this book is different; it covers how to design, build and test the code at the end of the pipe - the application software.
The book is complete in its explanation of how to make sure your application code, be it web-based or otherwise, is secured from attack.
I learned a great deal from this book, and, based on code and design reviews of my company's code, the authors obviously know what they are talking about - as we made a lot of fixes, and added many new security test cases to our test suites.
Simply put, we never knew we had problems, until we read this book, now it's mandatory reading for all our software engineers.