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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Backup Book: Disaster Recovery from Desktop to Data Center
Publisher: Schaser-Vartan Books
Authors: E. L. Heiberger, Karsten Koop
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Bible of Disaster Recovery

This book is out of this world. It explains backup and disaster recovery such that one can actually understand it! The writer's style is funny and conversational, and it really helps you get through what would otherwise be rather, err...dry material... Put down your incomprehensible Backup Exec manuals, and Microsoft disaster recovery whitepapers. This one gives it to you in english, *and* gives you a worksheet at the end that is a perfect roadmap to actually getting these systems in place.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great hacking book.....

The book touches almost every corner of hacking . As a developer i have got great knowledge from this book.. Authors have done superb job in explaining the hacking stuffs...

Morever in my real life ....through this book ... i came to know how to find trust relationships ...in our day to day world. I mean i came to know whom to trust and whom not to .

Special thanks to author for making such a great book..!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Martin Fowler, Kent Beck, John Brant, William Opdyke, Don Roberts
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Too bad we actually seem to need this book...

At first glance I wanted to give this book only three stars, since I still think that if "we" (designers, programers, etc.) would never need the stuff that is in this book as heavily (or at all) if we all would be doing our jobs as we should.
Now that I have read almost all of it, the book is really more on par with the 'Gang of Four' design patterns book, but then not from a design point of view, but from the point of view of practical day to day programming, where almost always code you need to change is spagetti.
Even the best designed software degenerates into spagetti very fast because of lack of documentation, lack of interest in other programmers that made changes to read documentation and just hack into the source code whatever is needed at that time, etc.
In such a screwed up situation - which we should never get into, but in practice almost always are... - the information in this book can really help you. It might even merit 5 stars, but I refuse the give it that because I still think the book says "it's okay to screw up and not really do your job properly in the first place; you can always do a bit of refactoring if it gets too much out of hand" and I do not like that frame of mind at all.
One of my pet peeves is that, because I work in a VisualBasic environment, the examples and indeed some of the refactorings themselves often lean somewhat heavily on Java and its features. That's no problem to me, but might be for "VB-only" programmers. But with a little more time (with .NET) this problem should vanish and this book should be even more useful to the VB community out there.
Despite that I do not agree with the books premise, I still recommend it to all programmers.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Data Warehouse Toolkit: Practical Techniques for Building Dimensional Data Warehouses
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Ralph Kimball
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Data Warehouses Designers : Save yourself bundles of pain!!

If you have not read this book, you probably don't know what the technical conceptual framework of a data warehouse truly is. The knowledge in this book will save you from great pains and delays. Ralph Kimball is the undisputed expert of data warehousing.