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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security Warrior
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cyrus Peikari, Anton Chuvakin
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
New and Different !


Most books written on computer security seem to follow the same predicable pattern of describing various computer programs that can detect security issues on networks/computers, and then go through the process of exploiting them (which is prefaced by the usual warnings). Although there is some of it in this book, the main topic in Security Warrior that I have never seen explained in an easily understandable format is that of "Reverse Code Engineering (RCE)" - or simply stated, the techniques used for discovering or geting a pretty good idea of how the source code of a compiled executable is actually working.

I had always been of the opinion that RCE was impossible or extremely difficult at best; and although it is actually pretty labor intensive and time consuming in practice, this book does offer some real strategies for accomplishing it and mentions the tools to do so. I would say this book is a MUST HAVE for anyone in the anti-virus, anti-trojan horse, etc., business, or anyone that needs to figure out how non-competitor products work in order to build interfaces or other integrating components.

Good luck and hope this review helps you.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent Overview for Exam For the Experienced


I found this book almost PERFECT for my needs. Short, concise, and focused on the exam. The sample questions were also very reflective of the exam. If you pass the sample questions, you are probably ready for the exam. With what you learn from the sample questions, content as well as question style, you should actually do a bit better on the exam. That was my experience- about 75% on the book questions, 87% (42/48) on the exam, with no extra study after my initial reading.
And considering the purpose of architect certification is to certify someone with 5+ years experience and deep understanding of design and architectural issues, then a more detailed book would be a thick painful experience. Also, a more detailed book would commit the authors to exposing more of the exam content, and devalue it as a fair measure of an architect. The fact that it requires a wide professional background with some core reading is excellent. If you struggle with the exam, enjoy the honest feedback! You have more reading to do, and experience to gain.
With sufficient experience in Java, UML, design patterns, security, general IT and web knowledge, and basic architectural principles, the book more than suffices. Basic EJB knowledge is sufficient since the book doesn't expect a programmer's knowledge of APIs and such.
If you are new to architecture, my recommendations are similar to another reviewers:UML Distilled, Martin FowlerDesign Patterns, Gamma et alMastering Enterprise Java Beans, Roman, Amber, JewellEJB Design Patterns, Floyd Marinescu
And if you don't know enough about design patterns and UML to pass those chapters before even reading the chapters, you may be taking the exam a bit prematurely.
I will agree with one statement- the book lacks chapters on some of the objectives. But, considering that they might be considered fair prerequisites for someone qualified to take the exam, I'm not complaining. Though, in looking over my exam results, most of my wrong answers were from the sections without corresponding chapters...common architectures, legacy connectivity, messaging :(. I think my proclivity for screen-scraping did me in.
All-in-all, a masterful book and exam.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for J2EE Technology Study Guide
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Mark Cade, Simon Roberts
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Covers most but not all....


Writing a certification guide poses some serious challenges to the author. Having co-authored a guide my self, I understand how tricky it is to decide how much to cover. A test like SCEA that covers such a broad ground makes the job even tougher.
The first ever SCEA guide met most of my expectations. It is concise, covers most of the exam objectives and most importantly, maintains the focus on the test without digressing over to J2EE trivia. Every chapter attempts to cover a set of objectives, and has a review section followed by some sample test questions. The accompanying answers provide explanation of correct, incorrect and not-so correct choices. The book also introduces a case study that introduces the reader to skills essential for solving part-II assignment.
I said the book covers "most" of the objectives. That's where it falls short of expectations. Any study guide should, at the least, cover all the test objectives. Some test objectives such as Legacy connectivity and Messaging have been totally left out which made me question the seal of approval from SunEducation! It is one thing not to cover an objective in detail, but totally dropping a couple of them is inexcusable. A good reader can easily point out some spottiness too - such as not including the state diagram for entity beans along with that of session beans.
In summary, they badly need to fill some gaping holes, and to the extent possible, work towards completeness.
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Metadata Solutions: Using Metamodels, Repositories, XML, and Enterprise Portals to Generate Information on Demand
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Adrienne Tannenbaum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
THe facts about fixing metadata problems


Overall a wandering essay. Not for the novice to data management.
I recommend you take a look at David Marco's "Building and Managing the Meta Data Repository: A Full Lifecycle Guide" which I found to be much more useful and pointed.
That said, if you are suffering from insomnia definitely buy this book, too!