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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Art of Deception: Controlling the Human Element of Security
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon, Steve Wozniak
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Mitnick was never a wiz kid - he was a criminal though.

This book is about you. Yes, you. The carbon-based life form in his natural habitat - the cubicle - tapping high-spirited and without worries on the keyboard. In the age of abundant security hypes and the painful, daily confrontations with the insecure reality, you finally managed to build a secure environment. Life is good.A system is technically perfect when the only flaw in the system is the Human that operates, maintains and works with it. That makes you and every employee in the organization a target.Organizations in the world invest massive amounts of money in firewalls, anti-virus software, intrusion detection ,VPN technology... but often neglect the most important and vulnerable security component: humans.Kevin Mitnick brings you an essential piece of valuable awareness training packed in an easy reading book. Using realistic cases, interweaved with side notes, tips and lingo explanations from the master, you can start to mature and to fill the gaps in your security policy.
Review: The art of deception, controlling the Human Element of Security.By Kevin D. Mitnick, William L. Simon.ISBN: 0-471-23712-4.Publisher: Wiley Publishing, Inc. (http://www.wiley.com).Review: stijn.huyghe@thti.telindus.be.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: An Introduction to Database Systems (Introduction to Database Systems)
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman
Authors: C. J. Date
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not a real-life application book, but good for academics

This book is not good for anyone that wants to get into the practical applications of Relational Databases immediately. This book is geared to people interested in learning the theoretical analysis of Relational Databases stemming from mathematical analysis. This approach is highly impractical for real-world applications and will remain as conversation material for academics. This book is frustrating to read since the author constantly makes references to material that is not addressed in this book, illegal use of SQL (utilizing the "#" for illustration purposes) and not indicating clearly how his examples have deviated from the way it is "traditionally done". The author is frustrated and spends too much time berating other people's work, and his attempt to explain SQL is poorly illustrated. This book is mistakenly referred to as the bible of relational databases and the only explanation I can think for this is that it has been around for so long and read by so many people that are endeared by the unreachable tone of his writing, that they assume this is how it should be written. After seven editions I would expect perfection, and this book is a far cry from it. Spend your money and desire to understand the theory behind Relational Databases somewhere else.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential ASP.NET With Examples in C#
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Fritz Onion
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Finally, an in-depth, bottom-up, view of ASP.NET

I've looked for a while for a book that talks about the internals of ASP.NET so that I can understand what's going on from the bottom up rather than the top down. Fritz Onion's Essential ASP.NET does the best job of this that I've found.
In addition to in-depth details, the author brings 1.5+ years of ASP.NET training experience to the book, and it shows. The book is packed with real-world tips that point out common but not necessarily easy to diagnose issues.
Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Doug Tidwell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
for java programmers needing to use XSLT

This is a good introduction to XSLT, and the book contains an extensive reference section which will certainly be helpful. The downside is the author's technique of trying to teach relatively simple concepts through the use of fairly complex examples. I prefer to have a concept explained and then see a fairly simple example. Not all of the chapters are this way. Some of the early ones are very well done, but I found myself just skimming through some of the chapters because I don't want to read 4 pages of code to understand one concept.
XSLT does have a farily verbose syntax, so the author cannot always reduce the size of the code listings. In those cases, it would be really nice if the 3 or 4 important lines of code were highlighted in some way to assist the reader.