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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Very disappointing

I found this to be an excellent book to go from Beginner to Intermediate level JavaScript. All topics are covered (some like "Storing Information in Frames" are a little choppy and hard to follow). I was able to use several of the examples in the book to enhance websites that I maintain, AND to move off of the unpopular VBScript allowing things to be more browser independent (i.e. Linux)! That made it a pretty good reference as well. Overall a good book for beginners.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Forensic Discovery
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Farmer, Wietse Venema
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Hard-core information for the security specialist...

Security professionals who find themselves trying to piece together an attack will find a lot of value in the book Forensic Discovery by Dan Farmer and Wietse Venema (Addison-Wesley).

Chapter Breakout:
Part 1 - Basic Concepts: The Spirit of Forensic Discovery; Time Machines
Part 2 - Exploring System Abstractions: File System Basics; File System Analysis; Systems and Subversion; Malware Analysis Basics
Part 3 - Beyond the Abstractions: The Persistence of Deleted File Information; Beyond Processes
Appendix: The Coroner's Toolkit and Related Software; Data Gathering and the Order of Volatility
References; Index

As attacks become more and more common in today's computing environment, it's important to know how to preserve evidence in such a way that 1) you can trace what happened and 2) the information is admissible as evidence in case of prosecution. Farmer and Venema do a good job in showing a system administrator what steps need to be taken to safely analyze an attack. The book is targeted towards readers with a solid understanding of Windows and Unix file systems, networking, and processes. Readers without that background knowledge will get some of the conceptual information but will bog down on the details. And there are plenty of details... For instance, the authors show how information can persist in memory and on disk far longer than might be expected. In some cases, we could be talking months or years. Using tools that they recommend, you can analyze this "empty space" and find important clues as to what may or may not have happened. It also underscores the importance of freezing a computer's state as soon as possible after an incident so that this empty space doesn't get overwritten and lost for analysis.

Definitely a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of security analysts who live this stuff on a daily basis...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Head First Design Patterns
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Elisabeth Freeman, Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great presentation

This book gives the same concepts as many other books. But, what makes this book stand out in the crowd is the presentation style. The concepts I learn from Head First series books stick in my mind forever. Must read for learning design patterns, without slipping into sleep :-)

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PMP Exam Prep (4th Edition)
Publisher: Rmc Pubns Inc
Authors: Rita Mulcahy
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5

From my experience, knowing the PMBOK "inside-out" was essential to passing the PMP certification exam, but the PMBOK alone probably would not have been sufficient. I found Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep book to be very helpful, and I recommend it. (If it wasn't for the fact that there were several obvious but not critical typos throughout the book, it would receive the rating of "five stars" instead of the four given here.) However, I suggest expanding your study beyond both of those reference materials in order to best broaden your knowledge of the subject matter and prepare for the exam.