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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript for the World Wide Web: Visual QuickStart Guide (4th Edition)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Tom Negrino, Dori Smith
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
It's practically empty.

The book is obviously written for Netscape, like so many other JavaScript books, neglecting the fact that more people use IE.
There is code on almost every page that can be used without modification in your web pages to add functionality, which is the only reason I gave it 2 stars instead of 1. However, there is almost no explanation for how or why the code is written, and absolutely nothing to detail syntax, properties, or functions the code.
After reading the entire book, a reader would still be left unable to write their own code.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Security Warrior
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Cyrus Peikari, Anton Chuvakin
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
How Does One Identify Threats to The IS Environment

One of the early steps in conducting a risk assessment for an information technology environment is to do an analysis of the threats facing your enterprise and the vulnerabilities to these threats. But how does one really get a handle on the threats in an ever changing environment? How do you get inside a hacker's head? In their book Security Warrior (506 pages, O'Reilly Media, 2004, ISBN 0-596-00545-8), Cyrus Piekari and Anton Chuvakin attempt to take the reader inside the mind of the hacker, to find out what they already know about our systems, tools they use to analyze and attack our systems, and how they then cover their tracks.

This book will satisfy people from system administrators to CIOs from different levels. For the hard core 'techno-geek', the first part of the book goes into extensive discussion of reverse engineering, including many, many pages of code showing how it is done. Of course, this is done with a legal disclaimer that basically says "do not do this at home, but if you do it is at your own risk". As this book was released just this year, there are great overviews of how attacks are launched on Windows, Linux, UNIX, and Windows CE. If your focus is on wireless, they have you covered. SOAP, XML, & Web services Security? Not a large amount of material, but enough to get you started.

The only major fault I find with this book is that social engineering only gets 11 pages of coverage, even though Piekari and Chuvakin state up front that social engineering is one of the most threatening forms of hacking attacks. Granted, it is a very complex issue that could (and often does) fill a volume by itself. While people outside of the system administration arena may glisten key points from this book, it really is a tool that should sit on the bookshelf of every system administrator. It provides a very broad overview, while providing extra references for each chapter if you want to dig into more detail. You will learn things from the darkside you may not have known about, but in the end this is a good thing. And if you want to skip over the lines of detailed code, you can do this safely as long as you know reverse engineering is a problem and that you have a detailed reference to go back to.

The Business Control Caddy Scorecard: Birdie on a long par 5.

Christopher Byrne
The Business Controls Caddy

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Win32 Programming (Addison-Wesley Advanced Windows Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Brent E. Rector, Joseph M. Newcomer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
To be honest, the book is useless, and here is why :

Because it contains so huge examples, that it's impossible to follow the code.With almost every example, you can find a sentence like this :"Don't worry about what does it mean", or "You really don't have to know that".I think, you got the picture.Although, there are over 1500 pages, explanations are very bad, and incomplete. The book is probably usefull to highly experienced win programmers, but again Do they need a book about creating windows ? I guess not.If you are new to windows programming, you won't learn anything from it.In the matther-of-fact,you could give up after a while (while = few months), like I did.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced Windows (Advanced Windows)
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Jeffrey Richter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
One of the best books around for developers

Software development books rarely get any better than this one. The text is clear, the code samples are clear.