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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Ethereal Packet Sniffing
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Angela D. Orebaugh, Gilbert Ramirez
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Nice new functionality


How anxious (paranoid?) are you about your network? Has a cracker taken over one of your machines and is using it to sniff your traffic? Or maybe to propagate worms, or emit spam, especially the phishing variety, which needs a server that cannot be directly owned by the phisher. For all these reasons, and as a prophylactic measure against them, sysadmins often use network analysis tools that come with their operating systems, like tcpdump under linux and unix and windump under Microsoft.
But these tend to be limited in their analytic capability. A group of people wanted to improve matters. They banded together and called their product Ethereal. It is offered freely as open source, and has been tested on linux, most unixes and various Microsoft OSs. Strictly speaking, it has not been officially released. Which makes this book a little curious, on first glance. The book documents version 0.10.0, and has a CD with all the necessary code. The authors felt that pragmatically this version is stable enough and offers significantly better functionality over the alternatives.
Granted, you may be trepid about installing beta code, on principle. But the authors argue persuasively that the Ethereal functionality, both in a GUI and at the command line, warrants a serious consideration by any sysadmin.
Another reason to install Ethereal has to do with the case where you are already using some proprietary network analyser. If you also run Ethereal, then the two analysers act as cross checks on each other. While Ethereal may have some bugs, so too might that other product. But how might you ever know about the latter, without using Ethereal?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Danny Goodman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Topnotch DHTML Reference


Got to give credit where credit is due, and that is why I am writing this review. Every since I purchased the book, I had used it numerous number of times, such as checking for browsers compatibility, css syntax, properties and definitions, etc.... After putting this book to good used, I can certainly tell you the one thing that is undisputable of this book is that it is EXTREMELY WELL INDEXED for once!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Regular Expressions, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jeffrey E. F. Friedl
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book on for all programming language


This book is useful for everybody who deals with string manipulation.Now even javaecript has the capability of doing so.Java has third party libraries for the same.Book incoporates examples form perl,shell,awk etc. Must read for all developers.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: XML for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent!


I normally don't like to purchase a book until I've thumbed through it at the bookstore first, but after reading the reviews given to this book, I figured this is one time I couldn't go wrong (this is one time I should have judged the book by its cover). I have minimal XML experience, with no real coding or design time with it under my belt.
My first impression on recieving the book was disappointment, as the cover read 'This Visual Quickstart Guide uses pictures rather than lengthy explanations'! Upon opening the book, I was rather disappointed to find this was true....fully 1/2 of the book (the innner half of the page, on almost every page) is filled with either white space, or code 'snippets'. No where in the book (though you can get it from the website, though that kind of defeats the purpose of my buying the book <g>) is there a full XML example, with DTD's, a Schema, or an XML Stylesheet. I was also disappointed by much of the text in the book. Too often text consists of '1. Type <?xml 2. Type a space 3. Type version="1.0" ?>', which, in my opinion (this is MY review isn't it?<g>) is a waste of ink. I should hope to think that most people are smart enough to follow a well commented example, and would prefer this than having to be hand-carried throughout.
I would have prefered to see more full blown examples, or even one FULL example in the book. Most of the topics covered don't go to far into depth, in examples (only snippets), or in coverage (about 1-2 pages per idea, such as 'Using Date and Time Types').
I recently purchased 'ASP in a Nutshell', from O'Reilly press, which accomplishes what it appears this book is trying to do with XML (and in my opinion, didn't pull off). I look forward to purchasing 'XML in a Nutshell' shortly.
This book would probably suit total beginners to XML, but I would recommend doing your initial research and learning on the web, and purchasing a more advanced book.