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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Julie C. Meloni
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very Poorly Written Book--Simple Concepts Made Difficult!


This book was exasperating to use. It described easy topics at length while leaving important details murky or omitted altogether. Many commmands and structures are described out of context, leaving you with little idea of *why* a person might use a particular form. It doesn't try to put the ideas together into a unified application until the end. Much better is _PHP and MySQL Web Development_ by Welling and Thomson, which introduces concepts in the context of building an e-commerce site. Even though it is longer than the SAMS book, the writing is tighter, more concise, better organized, and generally much easier to understand.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute Beginner's Guide to C (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Greg Perry
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Made me a Gregg Perry fan!


Now I'm on to another Greg Perry book, C++ Programming 101. Thanks Greg.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Secrets and Lies : Digital Security in a Networked World
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Bruce Schneier
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Disappointing


This is a sales book! The book outlines many of the security problems today, but offers only one solution: to hire the author's company.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Use Case Modeling: Software Systems
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Frank Armour, Granville Miller
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An Outstanding Guide for Experienced Practioners


It is refreshing to a read a text that caters for those of use who already have experience in this domain and are seeking to develop their skills - without reverting to acadamia style writing. Useful examples, balanced descriptions, and an excellent coverage are all attributes of this text.