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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The C++ Programming Language (Special 3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Bjarne Stroustrup
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you want C++, you want this book!

How could someone start programming C++ in a professional way without having read this book? In no way! Reading this book from the inventor of C++ (among the other books from Bjarne...) will save you from having to read a dozen of other book covering the same subject. I have this book two times in my bookshelf: One in English, the original; and one in my own mother language (german). Perhaps I should buy the chinese version, too... :-)) greetings, Bruno Dickhoff, Duesseldorf, Germany

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: How I Trade for a Living (Wiley Online Trading for a Living)
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Gary Smith
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Where is the sequel?

Feb. 14, 2003 I read Nicholas Darvas in 1973 and found so much sense from an individual (as opposed to the so called professional advisors). Gary Smith takes a similar approach and all of us investors/traders out here appreciate Gary taking the time to show us how to trade. The financial advisors of the world have their own agenda and could care less about a client unless of course you are already a multimillionaire. It would be benefical to see what Gary has done since publishing, (1999 to 2003), (during one of the most severe bear markets in history). Therefore the title; Where is the Seguel? Gary, if you read this, we anxiously await your next book, and thanks again for the help you have already provided.

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
A Must Read for Todays Developer

I bought this book after the *Bill Gates* email came out about Microsoft being serious about security. I figured that when he sends email like this to the company, it's important. And when **he recommends this book** in the email, it's something worth looking at. It is - Writing Secure Code is great. It's an easy read, full of great design, development and testing principles and ideas.
The first couple of chapters revolve around design, in fact ch2 is over 70pp long, and it's all about how to design secure systems.
The bulk of the book focuses on secure coding, including buffer overruns, sockets, RPC, COM, Crypto, canoniclization issues, least privilege, storing secret data, Web apps - and more!
The last part of the book discusses common .NET coding errors, and how to build security test plans.
What makes this book utterly unique is it really teaches you how to design and test secure applications, as well as how to write them. The design and test stuff I have seen nowhere else.
The book is worth every penny, and I now know why Bill Gates recommends the book to all Microsoft developers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ASP.NET, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty, Dan Hurwitz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
For ASP.NET Beginners and intermediate programmers too!

A previous review panned this book for being for beginners; but that is what is great about it. This book teaches you everything you need to know to write ASP.NET applications.
That review complains that this book is weak on Delegates, Threading, Remoting, and Event handling but those topics are not ASP.NET; and Liberty covers them in detail in his Programming C# book (which is also excellent).
Where this book does shine is in covering ASP.NET, and all the aspects of writing a powerful internet application with ASP.NET. Excellent coverage, not only of controls and web forms, but also of data display and binding, interacting with databases, deployment and so forth.
This book is highly recommended.