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Eloquent Ruby
by Russ Olsen
This book answers tactical questions focused on a single statement, method, test, or bug; explains why Ruby has so many control structures; instructs on how to use strings, expressions, and symbols; and shows what dynamic typing is really good for. Also covered are when to use operator overloading and when to avoid it. The book concludes with a discussion of powerful project-level features and techniques ranging from gems to Domain Specific Languages.

Agile Web Development with Rails
by Sam Ruby, with Dave Thomas and David Heinemeier Hansson
Rails 3 and Ruby 1.9 bring hundreds of improvements, including new APIs and substantial performance enhancements. The fourth edition of this book has been reorganized and refocused to cover all the changes and updates. The publishers claim that this book isn't just a mild reworking of the previous edition to make it run with the new Rails. Instead, it's a complete refactoring, featuring more targeted information on all the aspects of Rails that you need to be a successful Web developer.

Murach's ASP.NET 4 Web Programming with VB 2010
by Anne Boehm
This web programming tome covers state management; data validation; database handling with SQL and object data sources, as well as with time-saving data controls like GridView, DetailsView, FormView, ListView, and DataPager; designing and formatting web pages with cascading style sheets (CSS) and the CSS tools that ASP.NET provides; using master pages, themes, and site navigation features to create user-friendly interfaces; getting started with ASP.NET AJAX to improve application performance; deployment of web applications on a remote server; and developing tested WCF services that can be hosted by a web server and accessed by multiple applications, running on any platform.

Eleventh Hour CISSP
by Eric Conrad, Seth Misenar, and Joshua Feldman
This Study Guide is keyed to the latest Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam. This book is streamlined to include only core certification information and is presented for ease of last-minute studying. Main objectives of the exam are covered concisely with key concepts highlighted.

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