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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms, and Source Code in C, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Ultimate Resource of Cryptography (a bible?)


If you've used PGP before or if you are interested in understanding digital encryption technology, this is the best introduction that you can find.



Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Routing TCP/IP Volume I (CCIE Professional Development)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Jeff Doyle
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books on IGPs I've ever read.


I work for Cisco and am currently preparing for the CCIE. This book is extremely clear, and contains tons of very detailed information on all of the popular IGPs (and even the not-so-popular ones like ISIS). The summary of IOS commands covered in each chapter at the end of the chapter makes review a breeze, and the chapters on route maps, redistribution and filtering made these complex topics easy to grasp. At around 1000 pages, carrying it around will also serve to impress your co-workers. :)



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Agile and Iterative Development: A Manager's Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Craig Larman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Pragmatic and well-written


I bought this book after another book on the Unified Process kept putting me to sleep. My main objective was to learn more about UP, as I was less interested in the other methods. Comparing/contrasting UP with the other methods helped to really explain the concepts and made for much more interesting reading than the pure UP/RUP books I tried reading.
This book is very well written and enjoyable to read. (Especially for a book on methodology!)



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Revised Core Rulebook (Star Wars Roleplaying Game)
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Authors: Bill Slavicsek, Andy Collins, J.D. Wiker, Steve Sansweet
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A NEW HOPE


I used to play the old Star Wars game by West End and it was a good game. But I must say this one has surpassed it. I am an avid Star Wars fan and was skeptical at first, but I was blown away. It's great! It's not as random or as clumsy as the old system and it also gives you much more control over your character unlike the old version where you were stuck with templates (and lets admit there were many templates no one wanted to play). So give it a chance and go into it with an open mind. If you do that I think you will be happy.