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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Gets Better


When the first edition came out, I grabbed it off the shelf and read every page. The second edition is updated and even better. It includes current technologies and approaches and updates the information, not like some "updates" that just change a couple new words here and there. This is the new bible for code development. Excellent gift idea for anyone that doesn't already have it. I passed the first edition on to someone else and the second edition took its place on my bookshelf.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Weblog Handbook: Practical Advice on Creating and Maintaining Your Blog
Publisher: Perseus Books Group
Authors: Rebecca Blood
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Climb your blogging learning curve painlessly


In short: Blogalicious.
Got it from Amazon on Monday. Read it in two long sittings, one at the Sizzler. It felt like reading Rebecca's blog, a comfortable, conversational tone. I liked the book's organization and her choices of what to talk about. Practical, hard earned advice from which newbies and those who teach them will benefit.
We don't have a visual vocabulary for blogspace, but it doesn't matter. I kept expecting to see checklists, diagrams and graphics to illustrate the lessons; but so many of her ideas are truly abstract or human, from the worlds of words, relationships, conversation, and writing. Rebecca's easy writing style takes you there without the typical textbook doodads.
The text feels good in my hand too. Nice size.
If you're holding workshops at school or work for new webloggers, this unintimidating book covers the social, technical, and ethical bases.
I eagerly await my copy of Rebecca's next book, "We've Got Blog."



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: DWDM Network Designs and Engineering Solutions
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Ashwin Gumaste, Tony Antony, Tony Anthony
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
'The' book for DWDM networks


This is good book, giving comprehensive details on the DWDM networks. I think its a helpful reference for beginners as well as those in this field for quite some time. Especially the coverage on WDM network design is really good. I hope we get to hear more from the authors!! But for now...this is truely a must-have for this topic!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Network Intrusion Detection (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Northcutt, Judy Novak
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A great guide, but minor errors & arrangement may confuse


Disclaimer: my support appears in the 2nd ed.'s inside cover and on
p. 210. This book should be in every intrusion detector's library!
New co-authors Judy Novak and Donald McLachlan add to Stephen
Northcutt's original wisdom, with insight on filters and advanced
analysis of ICMP. The RPC chapter is characteristically informative,
while the inclusion of useful yet aging "front-line" stories
keeps the reading lively.
Still, I expected more. As a new analyst
who read the 1st ed. in mid-1999, I published a rebuttal of Stephen's
theories. Now, slightly more experienced, I recognize other areas
need similar scrutiny. For example, chapters 7 and 13 imply
"login ports associated with trusted relationships" make
good SYN flood targets, when really forged connections to those ports
are the problem. This is and other subtle technical points need
clarification. A 2nd example: ch. 7 says "The signature of TCP
hijacking is that the IP addresses change during a TCP session, while
the sequence numbers remain correct." This doesn't match my
experience with session hijacking.
The book's arrangement could be
improved; I prefer the clear taxonomy of Hacking Exposed. Basics
should also be separated from advanced material to satisfy newbies and
gurus. I encourage New Riders to publish an errata page on the Web
(with room for reader input), as minor errors could be quickly erased
by a second printing. This book is still the best available, but I
hope for more from the 3rd ed. and other ambitious authors!