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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Eric Meyer on CSS: Mastering the Language of Web Design
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Well Written and Easy On the Eyes

Wanna learn CSS with a beautifully illustrated, simple, and technically accurate tutorial book? Look no further! Eric and the review team have crafted a wonderful book on CSS.
Why would you buy it?
1) CSS is the next step up in web design. It's fluid, flexible, can make your pages load faster, and can be MUCH easier to work with than screwing around with tables and placeholder images.
2) It'll make your page more appealing to people and search engines.
3) This is a tutorial book. You can get a reasonably good handle on CSS if you are not already an expert.
4) It not only walks you through the exercises in words but presents visual representations of what your example pages will look like.
5) Lots of books accomplish #4 to some degree but this is an oversized color volume, which makes it much easier to work with.
6) New Riders makes good stuff. They are consistently one of the best publishers along with O'Reilly and this book is no different.
There is no "quick reference" in this book for all the CSS markups you will learn in the tutorials and the index could have been a little bit better. There were a couple little things that didn't seem to work perfectly, but 99% of the time the exercises turned out perfectly. Other than those few things, this book is about as good as it gets.
In the nature of fair disclosure, New Riders provided a complimentary copy of the book for review a couple of months ago. It has gotten and will continue to get plenty of use.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Wi-Foo : The Secrets of Wireless Hacking
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Andrew Vladimirov, Konstantin V. Gavrilenko, Andrei A. Mikhailovsky
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great, but aims way too high on expertise scale

Do you think there are too many wireless security books already? Let me tell you, you haven't read a wireless security book until you read `Wi-Foo'.

This book offers minimum coverage of the basics of wireless security and dives deep into advanced subjects (sometimes pushing my knowledge of wireless security to the wall). It lacks the typically redundant coverage of hardware and basic wireless technology. Also it doesn't get fixated on the tools (as some other volumes) and offers methodology and other sounds advise in addition to the tools. It also offers cryptography basics such as symmetric ciphers and key exchange protocols. It also covers many useful subjects around wireless security as the use of VPNs, central authentication fundamentals and design of the wireless intrusion detection systems. Appendices include signal single conversion tables and lists of wireless equipment other equipment as well as antenna radiation patterns.

Authors' writing style is pleasant and has some truly "British humor", which always makes the book more fun to read. The book slightly favors the attacking side over the defensive side, but still provides a lot of useful advice for those defending wireless networks. Another fun section is the one that covers what occurs after the attackers break for wireless security and get to the protected network.

The downside is that the authors often assume that just about every reader has the same level of expertise. I kind of know a thing or two about security, but a lot of stuff went over my head due to lack of background material. Thus, I suspect that only those knowledgeable in wireless security will benefit from the entire book, others will likely have places where the authors lost them.

If you deal with wireless security (attack or defense) - get it with no questions asked.

Anton Chuvakin, Ph.D., GCIA, GCIH is a Security Strategist with a major security information management company. He is the author of the book "Security Warrior" (O'Reilly, 2004) and a contributor to "Known Your Enemy II (AWL, 2004). His areas of infosec expertise include intrusion detection, UNIX security, forensics, honeypots, etc. In his spare time, he maintains his security portal info-secure.org

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML & XHTML: The Definitive Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Chuck Musciano, Bill Kennedy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
HTML: a defnitive winner

I am developing an HTTP server that is to be the administrative interface to a small embedded computer and needed information on the basic syntax and processing of HTML forms. I am familiar with HTML and have created several simple web sites, but had never had a need for detailed information on HTML. I bought this book because, as a long-time UNIX system programmer and administrator, I have learned to trust O'Reilly and Associates. They did not let me down.
This is the first and still the only book on HTML I have seen that does not assume I am a slobbering computer-illiterate idiot. I don't need the book to explain to me how to click a mouse, I just need information about the syntax of HTML, and the results I should expect to see. This volume has lived up to my expectations in every way; I am here at Amazon to purchase another copy for my project team.
I particularly appreciate the sections about how the various web browsers differ, and the advice on how to develop HTML that is acceptable to all web browsers. HTML was supposed to free us from varying implementations, this book helps to keep us on that rosy path.
The layout of this book, like all O'Reilly titles, is clean and elegant. Many of the mass-market publications about computers in general and the internet in particular are full of grey boxes, purple or blue highlights, graphical computer screens, and other publishing gew-gaws that make it nearly impossible to follow what the text is saying. They are written in "info bites," apparently aimed at readers that cannot read for longer than a minute at a time. As a refreshing contrast, this book is written in a comforting narrative style, with examples highlighted by legible fonts, and screen shots of a real web browser displaying the results. The text flows from one topic to the next, making it possible to pick up the book the next time the network dies and read an entire chapter at a time.
If you are computer literate and already understand the basics of HTML, this book will answer serve as a valuable reference as you build your HTML skills. Highly recommended.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Active Directory, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Alistair G. Lowe-Norris, Robbie Allen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Mandatory reading for W2K administrators!

Long before the official announcement of Windows 2000 I put on top of my shopping list a 'wish' for a book with extensive coverage of Active Directory that is suitable for intermedidate and experienced network administrator. My second wish on the list was the book that would cover ADSI scripting with windows scripting host. After some research on the web I picked up this book from O'Reilly expecting to be good (as usually the books from this publisher are) . I was wrong, this book is not only
good but truly excellent guide to Active Directory and ADSI scripting. Do I need to say that both my wishes come true with this single book!? Technical books like this one are rare, not only that author is an experienced user of technology that he is writing about he also knows how to explain complex topics (and AD is complex, believe me :-) with well-written style and illustrate the subject with relevant real-world examples. You'll not find 'sweet talk' and confusing examples in this book! I know that this book will be on my bookshelf for years to come.