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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Publisher: Basic Books
Authors: Douglas R. Hofstadter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
buy this book. buy ten. tell your friends.


probably the greatest book i've ever read. 700+ pages of pure genius



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Real 802.11 Security: Wi-Fi Protected Access and 802.11i
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Jon Edney, William A. Arbaugh
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Details For Wireless Security


This is a very advanced book, not for the meek at heart. Exceptionally well written with five pages of references, three pages of acronyms and three appendices: AES encryption / block cipher, message modification and file integrity. The authors spare no details about wireless security, yet are still able to make thing easy to understand. Written from an engineering standpoint with emphasis on design and construction of wireless networks, Real 802.11 Security gets down to the nuts and bolts of how wireless works, the current standards now in use and the design implications of the newest standards in development.
Edney and Arbaugh show just how "loose" current wireless systems really are, their vulnerabilities and the most common attack methods used, including man in the middle, WEP cracking and MAC spoofing. They detail the layers of transmittion and how those layers interact in the most common wireless scenarios. They also define the terms and uses of current wireless security including the latest methods under development.
The authors start by making sense of the alphabet soup of wireless security including WEP, RSN, 802.1x, LEAP, PEAP and Radius. They dig down to the actual tools and processes used to hack wireless networks and give excellent summaries of the most commonly used methods. Their examples detail the uses of headers, their encryption and the algorithms used by each security protocol. They then show how each protocol is broken down, how server and client interact and the security holes present.
After a good overview of the current landscape, Edney and Arbaugh go on to show the reader how each protocol stacks up against one another, thus allowing the reader greater flexibility to decide just which type or types of security maybe right for their wireless environment(s). They also give very good examples of the problems inherent to communication and authentication in highly mobile, fast paced environments. The authors go into the details and difficulties of how to strengthen wireless networks thru the understanding and use of algorithms, hardware authentication and transport layer security.
Edney and Arbaugh finalize their book by showing how the protocols are applied and the details of implementing Wi-Fi security in day-to-day actual situations. They use screen shots of actual tools in use making it easier for the novice radio buff to understand the whole process. Any white hat will enjoy the final chapter as the authors proceed to show details on how to craft your own client and server side certificates, construct and harden a RADIUS server using open source software and plan your network.
A must read for all IT professionals running wireless in any sensitive environment. As a learning experience Real 802.11 Security should not be taken lightly by any professional currently designing and implementing wireless solutions.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Java 2 Platform: How to Program (With CD-ROM)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
What a developer really wants and great design


This book is the best Advanced Java book I have found. For me a couple of year experienced Java developer this book is the best. The book focus on really to help you do something usefull with Java. For those chapters you already know something about you can read the great chaptersummaries to refresh your skills. I also love the design of the book. For the first time someone thinks of what a reader really wants reading about software developing. First of all I love that it's printed in color, second that there are rownumbers in all codelistenings which makes it's easier to go back while reading, third the great effort to visualise learning with great illustrations and screenshots. Last I would say that it's great that the book also give you help with tools also, and not just with code. Learning coding isn't enougth these days, code and tools together is the future.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Design Patterns
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great and thoughtful presentation!!!


Generally computer langauages are taught with too much emphasis on syntax, rather than the semantics.
This book helps to illustrate how an object oriented language's behaviour can be used to solve problems at a higher level of abstraction.