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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself Active Server Pages 3.0 in 21 Days
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Scott Mitchell, James Atkinson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The only ASP desk reference you need


Even though I'm making the transition to ASP.NET, I still use this book occasionally. Good introduction to the ASP 3.0 model.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Hard to follow unless you already knew


This book is generalized, but in a good way (for once). Instead of a lot of fluff and only touching a little bit on various software and how to do the most basic stripped down installs of things that have little to do with Unix, other than it can "run" on a Unix system, it actually covers a lot of ground. It covers a lot of topics and aspects, like it should be expected. There's parts that could be improved and it's biased towards some platforms over others, but for general knowledge and insight, it can offer a lot.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Building Secure Software: How to Avoid Security Problems the Right Way
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Viega, Gary McGraw
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great one-two punch with Hacking Exposed!


I was especially excited to read _Building Secure Software_, and not only because I know Gary McGraw's work is top quality: I have read and written more than a few books on the topic of computer security myself, and I recognize the timeliness of this work on good software coding practices. One of the books I've written is _Hacking Exposed_, which talks about network- and system-level vulnerabilities, how to exploit them, and how to counteract such attacks. While HE focuses on tools, processes and techniques that exploit vulnerabilities in the real world, _Building Secure Software_ focuses on creating software that is much less susceptible to these sorts of attacks in the first place. They make a great one-two punch for those who want to take a proactive approach to security. Together with Hacking Exposed, Building Secure Software represents a comprehensive solution to today's security woes.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNA INTRO Exam Certification Guide (CCNA Self-Study, 640-821, 640-801), First Edition
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Wendell Odom
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic Book


Wendel Odom has done a great job with this title. The easy going voice of the book lends itself well to understanding a highly technical text. Analogies ranging from The Flintstones to the Post Office help to gel concepts. I would reccomend this book for network professional who has just never taken the leap to certification and needs to bone up, as well as someone looking for a strong fundamental grasp of networking.