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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Security Assessment
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chris McNab
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Methodology and Specifics

I've read a heck of a lot of books on security assessments. Some turn into hacking manuals, others turn into windy documents on documenting the process and why each piece of the process is important.

Network Security Assessment talks about the methodology of security assessments, the how of running nmap, for example with specific commands and a discussion of why. I have really appreciated the book for this reason. A methodology in this field is sorely lacking. Everyone seems to have their own (myself included). NSA gave me some added tweaks to my own as well as a few more tools to explore.

Tools, free and commercial, are part of our trade, and they change constantly, so almost any published book that references tools will be seen as out of date quickly. The author makes the effort, however, to discuss tools as wells as examples from the tried and true ones we all know and love.

The author chooses not to include wireless technologies, for which I have to "ding" him; he leaves it to "full-blown penetration testing," and I feel it belongs in any security assessment.

That being said, one of the best I've read recently, and I highly recommend it for what it DOES cover.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML : A Practical Approach (Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Doug Rosenberg, Kendall Scott
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I like this book, better UML.

I am sturdying UML. This book is very good

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Parallel Programming with MPI
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Peter Pacheco
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Comments for Fortran Users

As the book description indicates, the text is based on the C language. The Fortran MPI function calls are slightly different (syntatically) than the C equivalents. Fortran users should be aware that these differences are not discussed in the text. However, the sample programs from the text are available in Fortran from the author's web page (referenced in the book).
Aside from this, Parallel Programming With MPI is an easy reading book which introduces the material through working examples. The book also contains a nice introduction to high performance computing and optimization issues. I still have a lot to learn , but I'm glad I bought it!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
To start UNIX seriously

This book covers the basis of system administration on many flavours of UNIX, including Linux. It gives you a good explanation of why every thing works or why wouldn't, besides script examples, warnings on methods, advice on treating users and so on. Though there are some terms or even topics that seem out-of-date, you won't get lost.
A lot of bibliography is introduced through the text, since this is just for starting: it doesn't cover each topic to the limit.
This book is not for the user that just wants to know, say, how to make a symbolic link, but for any administrator and those users who want to understand their systems and get more from them.