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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional SQL Server 2000 Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Robert Vieira
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great SQL Reference - for all levels


I purchased this book to learn how to write some really basic stored procedures, I started to read this book and applied the examples to some SQL tasks at my place of employment, the examples are real world friendly, and describe in detail what they do in SQL and you learn as you go. The authors writing style is concise, informative, and animated. I would recommend this SQL book for anyone who needs to apply a reference for real world SQL programming. A MUST HAVE FOR ALL SQL DEVELOPERS !!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cryptography Decrypted
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: H. X. Mel, Doris M. Baker, Steve Burnett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent introduction


As a future lawyer intending to specialize in information security law and related areas, I'm always on the lookout for books I can recommend to introduce people to the fascinating field of cryptography and its applications in information security. This is one of the best I've seen.
If you want to learn how to use cryptography yourself, you'll want Bruce Schneier's marvelous _Applied Cryptography_ at some point. But if you want to find out what the fuss is about and what, exactly, cryptography has to do with information security, you'll find this introduction very, very helpful.
What's nice about it is that it not only gives you a fairly painless introduction to the essential concepts of cryptography, but also informs you in a reliable way about the importance of cryptographic protocols in electronic information exchange. It starts at the beginning _and_ gets you through to the meaty infosec stuff; even if you're an absolute beginner, by the time you reach the bits about e.g. digital certificates and public key cryptography and secure email and so forth, you'll actually be in a position to understand it.
Highly recommended to lawyers, law students, and other infosec newbies.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Rational Unified Process: An Introduction, Third Edition
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Philippe Kruchten
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A Much-Needed Summary


There are those who might criticize this book as being a mere commercial for the development tools offered by Rational Software. My reaction to that position is, `so what." If I am a manager considering the adoption of the Rational Unified Process, then my best hope for making the correct adoption decision is to learn what it is designed to do in as short a time as possible. Any material that I can read at a managerial level that explains the capability and what I can get out of it is something of great value, and this book satisfies that requirement. The main purpose of the book is to explain the unified process at the level of the tops of the trees. This broad overview is an explanation of how a process is constructed by splitting it up into nine overlapping, but still somewhat distinct workflows. They are the project management workflow, the business modeling workflow, the requirements workflow, the analysis and design workflow, the implementation workflow, the test workflow, the configuration and change workflow, the environment workflow and the deployment workflow. The separation of the process into the different sections allows each of them to be described from their somewhat unique perspectives, which makes it easier to see how the synergy of them all makes for a complete, effective process. It took some time for it to appear, but it is now essential to examine an item of software from the architectural perspective. Such an encompassing examination of software could not exist until the projects grew to such size and complexity that no other paradigm could adequately describe it. Like the plans for a large, complicated building, it is the overlap of several different models that merge together to build something that is more than the collection of pieces. An entire chapter is devoted to the importance of the architecture in the development and unending refinement of a software project. These are wise words to heed, as anyone who tries to build the complex without a sound plan is almost certainly doomed to failure. The most significant test that any book describing a product can face is whether it is still worth reading if you have no interest in the product. This book easily passes that test and is one of the best manuals for managers of large software projects that is available today.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Internet Poker: How to Play and Beat Online Poker Games
Publisher: Conjelco
Authors: Lou Krieger, Kathleen Keller Watterson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great beginners guide for online play!


Although the author is a well known, don't expect an advanced treatise on onlie play. What this is, however, is a good nuts & bolts guide for online play. Great for beginners and intermediate players who have want to transition from live to online play. Also servers as a good beginner's guide to limit Texas holdem. This is the most popular game being played online, at casinos, and in local card rooms. Learn this game and you can make a living anywhere in the world, online or live!