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Product: Book - Textbook Binding
Title: Cisco LAN Switching (CCIE Professional Development series) (The Cisco Press Ccie Professional Development Series)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Kennedy Clark, Kevin Hamilton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Just buy it!


This book is excelent! Worth every dollar I spent on it. I came from a WAN background and until recently poo-pooed the LAN side of things. Now that I am more of a LAN guys dealing constantly with a variety of cisco switches I realize how complex it can actually get. This book offers fully detailed explantions of all the various protocols involved. There is also a constant thread of humour that is just right in both it's tone and qauntity. You can tell that the author(s) have actually been there in the trenches and are not just rewriting other source documentation.
Can I give it six stars?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Linux Works
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Brian Ward
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Brian Ward knows his stuff!


After several books and online help for linux I have finally put the pieces together. This boook aids you in really seeing how linux is put together. If you are a Windows admin or superuser you will really appreciate the way the author puts it together. This helped me fill in the blanks and made me excited to really get deep into linux.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript: The Definitive Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: David Flanagan
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome book & reference for Javascript!


I just bought this book and have already used it extensively. My coworker went out and bought it too. The book has great examples and a very comprehensive reference in the back. Visual Interdev's help for JScript is terrible, and this book is worth every penny!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Kevin Beaver, Stuart McClure
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Book and Great Primer for Hacking Exposed


There is certainly no shortage of books in this genre- Counter Hack, Hack Attacks Revealed and the best-selling Hacking Exposed (and all of its spin-offs) have covered this information in grueling detail. What sets this book apart is that it does not assume you are already a CISSP or network security guru. Being a "For Dummies" book means that it is written from the assumption that you don't know anything and the information is written in plain English and in terms that even a child could often understand.

One of things that makes "For Dummies" books like this one great is the use of humor and icons to help lighten the information while also pointing out the key points and highlighting the "need to know" information. Hacking For Dummies walks the reader through basic computer and network security and progresses through various topics of hacking such as hacking applications or hacking various operating systems.

Anyone interested in this topic, but especially those who are new to the world of computer and network security, should read this book. It is great on its own, but also provides an excellent foundation for someone interested in proceeding to more detailed works such as Hacking Exposed.

Tony Bradley is a consultant and writer with a focus on network security, antivirus and incident response. He is the About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security (http://netsecurity.about.com), providing a broad range of information security tips, advice, reviews and information. Tony also contributes frequently to other industry publications. For a complete list of his freelance contributions you can visit Essential Computer Security (http://www.tonybradley.com)