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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Incident Response and Computer Forensics, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Prosise, Kevin Mandia, Matt Pepe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
None Compares


There are several good books related to the forensic area.However, only this book, covers multiple platforms scenarios: Windows, UNIX and Nonplatform-specific technologies are thoroughly discussed. As a bonus, some ORIGINAL attacks (not found elsewhere) are explained and documented (e.g., 'Stateless TCP Covert Channels').You can try this book whichever is your level in this area. The main themes are covered both, in introductory chapters, and in more advanced ones.If you are looking for advice about specific tools, or 'response toolkits'. . . again this is your book, hundreds of references, and several 'typical toolkits' are included.Chapter 16, 'Investigating Hacker Tools' is a winner discussing the issue of how files are compiled (and the related analysis techniques).Chapters 13 (Investigating Routers), 14 (Investigating Web Attacks), and 15 (Investigating Application Servers), are extremely useful, and really help to make unique this book.I own two copies, one to be used at home, and one as a reference for my students. It is a very worthy book, and at the Amazon price, it is a real bargain.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Web Database Applications with PHP & MySQL, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Hugh E. Williams
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good book but it's only for Unix/Linux users


I recently began a web database project and had to self-teach myself PHP and MySQL, therefore I bought several books from Amazon looking to cover the bases. I disagree with some other reviews posted here, the text IS AN INTRODUCTION but this is not obvious from the title or the editorial reviews on Amazon. The review referring to editing errors I COULD NOT AGREE WITH, I did not find "errors" or typos, maybe I'm not very observant or don't know the subject well enough yet.
Anyway ... the text does a good job at presenting the PHP language and how to operate on MySQL database back-ends, that is the purpose of the book. The sections on PHP are introductory, but well done. Comprehensive descriptions of string and reg-exp functions are provided. A good section for beginners is titled "Common Mistakes" that describe why you get a blank browser screen or what those darned header messages are about. The MySQL section is well done, providing ample samples of the different query types and advanced joins and keys. I also liked the portion that describes using PHP with other RDMS systems via ODBC and to Oracle. Linking PHP and MySQL is well handled and sections on authentication and session management are practical and real-world. The text ONLY includes one overall application system, a psuedo online winestore that includes a shopping cart and purchasing concept. The appendix include a really good treatise on HTTP and describing how Requests and Responses are handled and the status codes.
I had great expectations for this O'Reilly text as many of their critter-adorned texts are in my library. I expected the text to be more advanced than it is. The lack of other sample applications is a weakness, for the price you can get other texts with more comprehensive samples. Afterall, many of us buy these books to try and help us quickly solve "Our Immediate Problem", more samples would have helped this effort better.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Thinking in Java (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Bruce Eckel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but unclear at crucial points


I must say that I really enjoy Bruce's style, but I'm not sure I totally agree with the other suggestions. Bruce leaves out some critical detail in places where it counts. For instance: if I were an intro-level programmer, and I was wondering how to write, compile, and run my first program, here is how Bruce suggests I go about it: "Compile the program with javac and run it using java" Wow...just a minute, how,what,when and where? Although he goes into a lot of detail on some things, I was left pondering many others. I would say this is a great book on the whole, but NOT for a beginner. Bruce uses examples for showing the upper and lower limits of variable sizes with hex notation...if you don't understand how hex works, your not going to understand it in this book. If I could recommend any changes to the book, I would suggest a little more time on the basics and less focus on abstraction.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Web Programming (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Very conceptual book


CWB is wonderful book. I look through a lot of similar books and did not find anything which might be compared to it. It really makes difference by its conceptual orientation backed up with illustrative examples. Currently I am in the middle of this book and I have feeling that I am moving in right direction.