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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

Recently I heard the Al Zazira website being hacked! Kewl!!! I wonder, was the Firewall system so poor of such a big website? Picking up this one, Hacking Exposed reveals how high profile sites and e commerce sites are penetrated. The book has endless Network security details and provides indepth knowledge of Operating systems, network applications and devices. Though it may motivate to educate Hackers, this book if seen on positive side, helps one to understand the security flaws in general that occur to hinder the website performances. System Administrators and Top Net Executives need to read the books to get 'Security Alert' & safeguard their interest to prevent any vulnerability. Administrative procedures help defeat from hack attacks to systems and counter measures make it ineffective.Techniques to hacking are exposed and breaking into telephony, firewalls systems etc. the various topics covered up.The Book Exposes what's really happenning on Network - Though for a common surfer its just a passing read but very useful to Tech buffs and interesting read to students who would be interested to know the way of the Wizard Networking. In Process of reading, one gets to be aware of how to use Hacking software but to the defensive point to take measures to point of protection. Normally not much into Technical reading, I recommend this book as a very good piece if you really wanna know the 'Hack Game' - Enjoy the Read!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Essential Reference

Pretty much essential reference if you're working with MySQL and want to do things fast. A lot easier than reading reference docs online. Typeface is easy to read, layout is good. It has become probably the most used of my 40 or so computer books and is now dog-ear'ed to pieces and I have never even read it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Microsoft Windows Ce .Net, Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Douglas Boling
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good material for the buck, could be more compact and more

The previous reviewer is confused between CE.NET and .NET (which is understandable). This book is about CE.NET the operating system (aka Windows CE 4.x), and not .NET or the .NET Compact Framework, the later which is available on CE.NET.
This is another excellent book from Boling, and is an essential reference for anyone working on CE.NET.
Blame Microsoft, not the author for the very poor marketing terminology used for Windows CE 4.x.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Steven Feuerstein
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent sourcebook for PL/SQL programming

If you need a single reference/learning book for PL/SQL, this would be it. From a beginner's standpoint, the book is terrific. Assuming familiarity with programming logic, the book works very well in exposing the power and strengths of PL/SQL. The examples are clear and helpful, and the narrative is helpful in unraveling the complexities of PL/SQL programming constructs. I'm learning everything I need to do my job just by reading this book and applying it to my own programs. The only thing I'd like to see improved is better layout of the text on the pages, more graphics, and better quality paper. When I highlight any text, it tends to bleed through to the opposite side of the page. BTW, I've got the first edition, not the revised second edition.