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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Google Hacks, 2nd Edition (Hacks)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tara Calishain, Rael Dornfest
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Google Hacks


I have just read two cool freaking books! Google Hacks by Calishain and Dornfest. And Make Every Girl Want You by Fate and Reil. They both give you a behind-the-scenes look: the former at the most powerful search engine on earth, and the latter at the most mis-understood beings on earth (women). I never realized that Google is so powerful!! We got this book at my company (I work in an IT department), and have been passing it around non-stop. We have already started implementing some of the suggestions, and have a project on the table to rebuild our web site to take advantage of others. And don't be deceived by the title: hacker doesn't mean hacker in a bad way. It's OK to hack into Google: you're not causing any problems! The cool thing about this book is the depth of the hacks. I mean: these aren't just Boolean searching tips. This involves using Google API calls to build and modify scripts! How cool! And powerful!!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions, Fourth Edition (Hacking Exposed)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Stuart McClure, Joel Scambray, George Kurtz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Stuff! Essential for people who want to know security.


This book will scare you if you are an admin. Shows not only hacker tools/utilities but also how administrator's toolkits can be your own worst enemy. Essential to know what's possible in order to defend against it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
The spark you may be looking for.


I own the entire suite of O'Reilly Perl books, each of which had their ups and downs. If you're a Perl newbie or even a novice, this book can really help spark ideas. It helped me get started on two of my first major projects. Which really gave me some practical experience and got my retention and comfort level way up.
Personally, I especially enjoyed the area covering sockets. This book combined with Learning Perl can easily prepare you for developing simple client/server applications.
I like this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learn to Program with Java
Publisher: Osborne/McGraw-Hill
Authors: John Smiley
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
An excellent book for Java beginners


I picked up this book as a self-study resource to prepare myself for a graduate program in systems analysis. Prior to reading this book, my only experience with programming was learning Pascal more than 10 years ago, as a minor subject for my business degree. I browsed several Java books before coming to this one, and none of them came as close as this for being layman-friendly. Professor Smiley does not assume you know anything about Java. As you read his book, you just have to visualise yourself sitting in one of his Java classes. He used a fictitious scenario to illustrate how Java can be applied to solve a real world problem, so you don’t have to learn or think in the abstract. Your fictitious fellow classmates asked questions that you yourself are likely to ask (a big plus if you are the kind of student who is too shy to ask questions in class), Professor Smiley is brilliant in anticipating questions â€" a knack which he developed over many years of teaching programming. The explanations are concise, but they don’t compromise on important concepts. You won’t become a master programmer after finishing this book, but it does give you a strong foundation on which to further develop your Java knowledge. If you have to take the first step in Java, take it here.