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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Malware: Fighting Malicious Code
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Ed Skoudis, Lenny Zeltser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Levels the Playing Field


Utterly fascinating. It comprehensively surveys the field of malware. It clearly explains viruses, worms and Trojans. Plus, given the universal prevalence of browsers on computers these days, careful attention is given to infiltrations via buggy browsers.
The authors write in an easy to follow style, aimed at the programmer. Though if you are not such, but know the rudiments of computers as a user, you can follow most of the discussion.
If you have ever wondered at the brief explanations of viruses or worms that appear in the general media, or even in the technical magazines, then this is an instructive book. For example, you have probably heard of "buffer overflows". But due to the constraints of space or audience type, the explanations left you unsatisfied. Turn instead here.
Some of you may look with askance upon this book. After all, haven't the authors just written a HowTo for new malware wretches? Strictly, perhaps so. But before you berate the authors, consider this. The top malware writers probably devote the bulk of their formidable intellectual creativity to malware. But if you want to guard against it, and you are a programmer or sysadmin, typically this is not your only responsibility. Without a book like this, it is much harder to come up to speed. You then face a very unlevel playing field.
The only strange thing about this book is that there should be more like it, at its level of detail. If you survey the field of computer books, it can seem like there are multiple books on most topics, not matter how obscure. But on THIS topic, which is of broad, pervasive import to most users, there exists little.
Until now.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent organization


Good points:1.Excellent book organization, good and short subsections2.Excellent code examples - sweet and short and illustrates the concept well.3.Excellent explanations 4.Explains various methods to do a certain thing and tells of the pros and cons of each method.
Bad points:1. Some of the sections/code need not be repeated in the ADO section as it is obvious. This can help in reducing size of book.2. Visual basic code instead of C#3. No visual .net studio explanations



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Java book of the year


I was hunting all over the net for a book which could clearly explain in the best possible ways the concepts of Servlets/JSP's. Many articles were available but not very convincing ones. But this book by Marty Hall is really worthy of all praises. It was just the kind of book I was looking for. It explains the concepts in a very smooth way covering the required basics and taking the reader to advanced topic level. I could never have asked for a better book than this. It was like a "Stop here, Look no further" for information of Servlets/JSP. This is no doubt a "Must buy" at any given time. I look forward to more books like this and wish Marty Hall all success for his endeavours of writing future books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming & Customizing PICmicro Microcontrollers
Publisher: McGraw-Hill/TAB Electronics
Authors: Myke Predko
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Probably the best PIC book I've read


This book has been a great asset to my collection, it is filled with great (and useful) projects to teach you about the PIC, and it is written in a clear fashion. There are a few errors in the book, but this should not be a problem to the careful reader. I have read other books about the PIC, but this is the first one that has been able to put all the pieces together for me. The CDROM included in the book is great, as well. Packed full of information. I recommend this book for anyone who uses the PIC, it is a great teacher for the novice, and a great reference for the pro.