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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dreamweaver MX 2004 Bible
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Joseph W. Lowery, Joseph W. Lowery
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best way to jump into Dreamweaver


I've been using the Dreamweaver Bible series of books for years, all the way back to Dreamweaver 2.0. They are perfect for my needs. I dip into them whenever I want more information about a particular feature.
Although the books say they can be used by someone who is new to Web site design, I think you need a little background before using these books. (I mean, what do the descriptions of XML or JavaScript mean if you don't already know what they are?)
The best features of these books are:
1) Tour of the Dreamweaver user interface. This is handy whether you are moving to a new version of Dreamweaver or have never used it before. You get a good introduction to all the basic features.
2) In-depth discussions of Dreamweaver features. Not only do you get the information on how to use Dreamweaver features, but also very complete discussions of why and when to use them. This is the kind of knowledgeable information you just don't get in a user manual from the manufacturer.
3) Tips and guidelines. Very useful hints on overcoming common problems. For example, a sidebar on overcoming line spacing difficulties gives four different workarounds for adjusting line spacing.
By the way, the author, Joe Lowery, has a reputation for being a great Dreamweaver resource, willing to help with technical problems and a very nice guy. His Web site has lots of links to Dreamweaver sites: http://www.idest.com/dreamweaver/. However, it looks like the site has not been updated in a while, so I hope he is not out of the business.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Financial Modeling - 2nd Edition
Publisher: The MIT Press
Authors: Simon Benninga
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Ambitious topics, frequent errors


The book tackles some pretty sophisticated topics and tries to present them in a simple, logical manner. However, there are a large number of errors and inconsistencies that make some of the examples difficult to follow.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The CISSP Prep Guide: Mastering the CISSP and ISSEP Exams, Second Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ronald L. Krutz, Russell Dean Vines
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Worth reading but watch the errors


I recently took and passed the CISSP exam. My two main study guides were this book and the Information Security Management Handbook. I also used the CISSP Exam Cram. The main benifit to this book is that it gave some background on topics that are useful to know for the exam and exposed me to areas I was unfamiliar with. Note, the above info is all I can say in relation to the exam, the rest of the review just contains general opinions about the book. One good thing about this book is that it has lots of definitions. The glossary is good and the index is great. I particularly enjoyed chapter 10. Chapters 4 and 8 were pretty good too. The reason I'm giving this book 3 stars is that it has some glaring failures. It's not a good place to learn about forensics, risk management, computer crime law or technical aspects of computer network security. Chapter 3 in particular is littered with errors. One definition that is misleading at the very least is the description of a buffer overflow on page 76. It's listed under denial of service attacks and a "Ping of Death" is described as typical. A Ping of Death involves the difficulties some Operating System versions have in reassembling an ICMP packet that was fragmented because it was over 65535 bytes in length. While this may cause more data to be stuffed into a buffer than the buffer was designed to hold, it is not what is generally thought of as a buffer overflow attack. Check out Aleph One's "Smashing the Stack for Fun and Profit" (Phrack 49...) or the definition in Hacking Exposed for the real scoop.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cheers for Marty, exellent web programing book.


To Marty Hall:
I have to congratulate and thank you for your impressive book, CORE Web Programming. It blows away every other book I've read on the subject. You have a keen eye for detail and consistensy. Everything is there and in the right place. It's an invaluable resourse!
Many thanks for being such a darn good guy (and a real good author, too).
-Shilo Couvrette 10-05-99