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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: IT Systems Management: Designing, Implementing, and Managing World-Class Infrastructures
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Rich Schiesser
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great ITIL based overview of Systems Management

IT Systems Management is a valuable reference for the whole IT community.It is written in a clear style, with a lot of useful lists and worksheets.I definitely recommend it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Design Patterns Explained : A New Perspective on Object-Oriented Design (2nd Edition) (Software Patterns Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Alan Shalloway, James Trott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
even better than the first and deals with current issues too

I read the first edition of the book and was greatly pleased by it. I loved the way it described the reasons patterns were good. In other words, although it clearly explained the patterns in the book, it also explained the underlying approach used by the people who wrote the software that later became described as patterns. The book helped me think like these developers instead of just using solutions they had come up with.

I also liked the way the authors showed how to use the patterns in the real world. I had always thought you used the patterns as solutions to recurring problems. However, the authors described how the patterns were really about a new way to think of the problem you had to solve.

As good as the first edition was, however, it left some gaps. In particular, while the domain analysis approach they espouse called commonality - variability analysis looks great, not enough information on how to actually use it was presented. Also, as XP has become more popular, I had been wondering about how patterns and XP fit into things.

The book addresses these and some additional issues incredibly well. (...)

Overall, I give this 2 thumbs up and recommend reading it even if you've read the first one. It is a much more involved book than the first with new chapters and improvements on the existing ones.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Incident Response and Computer Forensics, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Prosise, Kevin Mandia, Matt Pepe
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent basic reference

I read the book in about three days and found it to be a good primer for one leaning towards computer forensics. While some of the technology and tools described in the book will undoubtedly change within the next few months, a lot of the basic principles will remain pertinent for a long time to come. I heartily recommend this book for anyone with more than just a casual interest in Computer Security.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCSA NG: Check Point Certified Security Administrator Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Justin Menga
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book, not-so-great CDROM

Overall this book was similiar to several other Syngres study guides that I have used in the past to pass various Cisco exams. At over 600 pages, the author really covers a lot of the finer details of Checkpoint and does so in a not-so-dry format that keeps you interested along the way. The world of Checkpoint can certainly be frustrating at times, and the author does a particuliarly good job of pointing out common pitfalls in configurations. On the down side, more time should have been spent preparing the tests on the CDROM, as there are numerous glaring errors. For instance, a lot of questions have the same correct multiple choice answer listed more then once. So no matter what, you're going to get it wrong. Overall, it was pretty-good book and I'm glad I purchased it. It is worth mentioning that I have had NO NG experience and have only been using 4.1 for six months. With nothing other then this book to study by, I just passed my CCSA with an 84 (69 is passing). Pretty good book, ok CDROM, 4 stars.