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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Linux Exposed, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Brian Hatch, James Lee, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Reads like a conversation.


Most technical books are either detailed and unreadable, or wordy and lack depth. This book is more like a conversation between the authors and the readers. Instead of pointing at things and letting you read other people's code, it walks you through the theory and exploits, letting you try out the attack manually on your own system as you read the book.
I actually wrote Mr. Hatch about a question, and he was extreemly helpful. Through a long conversation we had, I found that the authors taught classes at Northwestern University, which is probably where their communication skills came from. Unlike many experts out there who sit in a 30 minute session with 5 minutes of questions afterwards, these guys have had to actually teach students from the ground up for an entire term. Their skill in communicating, rather than just talking, really shows in their book.
Anyway, if you want a list of attacks against Linux systems, there are many books out there you'll be fine with. However if you want a book that will truely teach you what they are, how they work, and how to defend against them, there is only one option: Hacking Linux Exposed.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XSLT : Programmer's Reference (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Michael Kay
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
XSLT Inside and Out


This is a *programmer's* book about XSLT. As such, it is the best I have used simply because it does not gloss over the details concering XSLT and XPath, rather it drills into them so as to give the reader a more thorough and greater understanding. But, it gets even better with fully worked examples.
If you're serious about XSLT and want to really understand it, this is the book you want.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Introduction to Electrodynamics (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: David J. Griffiths
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Is this for students?


This book is reminiscent of most text books, lots of writing and explanations along with lots of pictures and schematics, but it lacks in the mathematical arena. Some of the proofs and equations seem to be plucked from thin air (However, this isn't entirely bad).
The only real issue with this book is the lack of a solutions manual. How can a student tell if they are actually learning E&M if they dont know the answers to the problems? How can a student move on to the more advanced subjects E&M if their understanding of the basic material is incomplete or skewed?
If Griffiths included a solutions manual, this book would be a great text to learn E&M from. However, it does not include a solutions manual and this adds much more complexity than is needed to an already complex subject.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Windows Scripting Self-Paced Learning Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Ed Wilson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good "Step by Step" Guide for Network Admins


As a "recently transplanted" Network Admin - I found this guide to be a very good "step by step" introduction to Windows Scripting. Good, practical examples and enough "repetition" to allow things to "sink in". Good overview of using WMI and ADSI. Coverage of IIS 6.0 and Exchange 2003 was a little light.

Definitely not a "technicians" book but, as if you are ready for a "Starting from Scratch" book on Windows Scripting... I'd say this would be an excellent book to consider.

I would, however, avoid purchasing it from AMAZON.COM. Unless you have LOTS of time to WAIT. Despite the ordering screen clearly stating "Usually ships within 24 hours" - it took them ELEVEN (11) DAYS to get it here. Clearly they are having "issues" with order processing / delivery.