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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows Forensics and Incident Recovery
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Harlan Carvey
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Informative Read


I see three types of people reading this book: 1) People who make a living in network security, 2) Advanced users who *really* want to know areas where hackers can get in, and 3) Wanna-be "hackers" (learning what not to do by studying what people are looking for). Every chapter is filled with revealing information and "see for yourself" proofs. The book is easy to read and understand, regardless of your previous Windows Security experience.

I only have two issues with the book. The first is that the author almost exclusively uses Perl as the scripting language for all the proof of concept and utility scripts in the book (all very conveniently located on the accompanying CD-ROM). This is understandable in that Windows native scripting languages may not provide the same functionality as easily (if at all) as Perl, but Perl isn't native to the Windows environment. A great many of today's Windows Administrators started off with Microsoft Platforms, and use Microsoft languages to perform tasks. It would have been nice if the author had presented some of his script in Windows native languages, so as to afford those without Perl experience the same level of experience. Secondly, and again understandably, the book makes reference to many utilities only available for download from various third-party web sites. If web sites were permanent, reliable, static resources, this wouldn't be a problem - but when you attempt to download a mentioned utility only to find that the web site no longer exists, or the download removed, it detracts from the value of the book itself. This is not to say that book is full of broken links, only that the nature of the Internet is dynamic and things change over time.

Overall, a welcome addition to your technology library, and well worth the time invested to read. Anyone reading the book will take away something to improve the security of the systems under their charge.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security+ Study Guide and DVD Training System
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Robert J. Shimonski, Norris L. Johnson, Debra Littlejohn Shinder, Michael Cross, Tony Piltzecker, Jeremy Faircloth
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Happy I passed


I just got my Security+ certification, and I must admit that I am pretty excited about it. I studied for a couple of months using mostly this book and I also used the passport book some because that was good at providing an overview once you really learned everything from this book. The test covers a very broad range of things, which us why I liked this book because it went into detail on all of it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Great Resource!


The "Perl Cookbook" condenses into code algorithms that are both beautiful and helpful. Paired with the "Programming Perl" book, which despite problems of organization is undoubtedly the best Perl reference, the cookbook is simply indispensible for both the serious Perl programmer and anyone who wishes to learn how to write Perl naturally.
Every language has a natural idiom; even COBOL. Perl, having convenience so strongly in its genesis, is not very similar to its predecessors in many ways, and along with solutions to individual problems what one learns from the cookbook is how a Perl programmer would write such a program. You learn twice reading these answers: not only how to solve your problem (how do you read a file line by line in reverse? how do you trap signals in your program?) but also what the natural idioms are which both simplify your code and make clearer to you how Perl works.
I reviewed "Programming Perl" and had reservations about it: I have none about this book. It is not a reference to solve all your questions about the language--buy "Programming Perl" for that. It is not a tutorial--for that, get "Learning Perl". What it is is a distillation of some smart people's work in Perl; well-explained, clearly laid out, and highly informative in every area a programmer is likely to work in. Buy it if you love Perl.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Access 2000/Visual Basic for Applications Fundamentals
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Evan Callahan
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Pricey Knowledge for Newbies


The book is written in the Microsoft step by step style. Fundamentals in the title translates to newbies with no knowlege of programming. The examples are short, one liner code. As far as it goes its a fine book, but pricey. Microsoft charges a premium for its books and this is no exception. Other Publishers do a better job by giving you more for your money. Before getting this book look at the Que, Dummies or Sams Publishing (Teach Yourself) titles.