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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Joe Celko's SQL for Smarties: Advanced SQL Programming
Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann
Authors: Joe Celko
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Interesting tricks but may not quite practical


This book is not his basic volume in SQL, but his advanced volume. It helps you along explaining different issues with an excellent explanation of NULLS, their pros and their cons. It gives examples of solving problems in different SQL ways. A great buy.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Peer Information
Authors: Alex Homer, David Sussman, Brian Francis, George Reilly, Dino Esposito, Craig McQueen, Simon Robinson, Richard Anderson, Andrea Chiarelli, Chris Blexrud, Bill Kropog, John Schenken, Matthew Gibbs, Dean Sonderegger, Dan Denault
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good Book


This book is very good as it is has a very professional approach.It caters to most of the problems which one encounters during professional Asp programming.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Malware: Fighting Malicious Code
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Ed Skoudis, Lenny Zeltser
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent treatment of the subject matter...


One of the most comprehensive books I've seen lately on malware is the title Malware: Fighting Malicious Code by Ed Skoudis with Lenny Zeltser (Prentice Hall).

Chapter list: Introduction; Viruses; Worms; Malicious Mobile Code; Backdoors; Trojan Horses; User-Mode Rootkits; Kernal-Mode Rootkits; Going Deeper; Scenarios; Malware Analysis; Conclusion; Index

In each of these chapters, the authors give a brief history of that malware type, an in-depth explanation as to how they work, and complete coverage on how you can help prevent getting damaged by it. Each chapter wraps up with a conclusion, a summary, and the list of references for the chapter. For readers looking to find detailed information, they won't be disappointed. For readers looking at receiving their first exposure to the material, the writing style is easy to follow and doesn't overwhelm.

I personally enjoyed the chapters on Malware Analysis and Scenarios. The Analysis chapter gives you an excellent outline for setting up a malware analysis lab. You'll learn how to set up the hardware, protect yourself against leakage to other networks, and what software is needed to do your analysis. Following this outline, you'll be well-prepared to track down bugs like a pro. The Scenario chapter is also excellent. The authors set up three malware scenarios with actual people and configurations, and show how certain choices and mistakes can lead to disaster. There's lots of good learning material here.

Great book, excellent material, and a definite must for your security bookshelf.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: USB Complete: Everything You Need to Develop Custom USB Peripherals
Publisher: Lakeview Research
Authors: Jan Axelson
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
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I would say this book is about 1/4 very general information, 1/4 Windows specific stuff, 1/4 hardware level stuff, and 1/4 USB protocol stuff. There is about 400 pages of content (big font), so each of those is about 100 pages.
I personally was not looking for Windows specific stuff or hardware level stuff, and the general stuff was too general to be of interest to me.
So only about 1/4 of the book had information of value to me. That 1/4 was pretty good, but nothing special... ok it was special in the sense that I have not seen any other books right now even trying to provide the same information, and I find the USB specs excessively arcane/byzantine.