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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Model Resource Book, Vol. 1: A Library of Universal Data Models for All Enterprises
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Len Silverston, Len Silverston
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
More than just a set of models

You might be tempted (as I was, at first) to just dip into this book and use it as a source of patterns for producing data models. And if you do that, then you will find some very useful patterns as well as saving a lot of time. But that would be a shame, because by starting at the beginning and reading the whole book, I found that as well as a very comprehensive, rigourous and coherent set of models, I also got an understanding of the underlying structures and approach. And this approach has proved to be extremely useful when dealing with any new data structures. Someone described this as 'the second data modelling book you should buy', and I agree with that.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What a great book!

If I choose the best computer science reference I have read,I don't hesitate to pick up this book.This book is great: nice introduction about OO, good format..
Just buy it, and read, read, read.
I alway read this book before starting design new software.
thanks a lot, GOF.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Training Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Charles J. Brooks
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Worth Every Penny....so far; Superb.

I started preparation for the 2003 A+ exams using "A+ In Depth" by Jean Andrews along with the included Measure-Up testing software. But, decided to turn to an additional study guide by the 3rd or 4th chapter only because of a recurring frustration: some end-of-chapter review questions didn't correlate with the coverage, they had to do with information and concepts not yet presented. I became distracted, perhaps annoyed. So, I decided to turn to Charles Brooks' A+ Trng. Guide, 5th Edition, as an additional resource after doing some research. I am glad I did. I've only uncovered one(1), maybe two(2) inaccuracies in the 7 chapters I've covered so far. Let me just say that the author knows and understands the hardware concepts extremely well, and he does a good presentation for the intended audience. I am now using both books as complements because Ms. Andrews' is very in-depth as the title suggest, and equally interesting with a different approach. I rely more on the C.Brooks' chapter review questions though which are consistently relevant.
All in all, both study guides along with the Measure-Up(J.A.) and PrepLogic(C.B.) testing software ought to sow an enduring seed way beyond the A+ certification exam.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Forensic Discovery
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Farmer, Wietse Venema
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazine Book

You hear on the news once in a while about what the authorities have found on a computer system owned by the bad guys. At present fifty percent of the cases the FBI now opens involve a computer.

I have to say thought that I didn't realize how much data could be recovered from a system. Deleted files can remain on a hard drive for months, even years. Data from RAM I thought would simply disappear when the power was removed, not so.

This is a book where everyone in the computer organization should read the first chapter. The subsequent chapters get too deep, too fast for the casual reader, even for the casual Unix administrator. And understanding them will make a good start on a niche within the computer business, a profession in its own right.

The one thing that the book teaches is that too make your system truly secure, you must disconnect it from the network, power it down, and vaporize the hard drive and memory, and while your're at it perhaps the rest of the machine as well. And don't forget the backup disks, memory sticks or whatever.

Amazing Book.