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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Inside C#, Second Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: ANDREW WHITECHAPE TOM ARCHER
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very introductory book


If you want an easy to read introductory book on C#, this is probably the best so far. If you want to learn how to build real world apps, look elsewhere, as this book does not cover the .NET Framework classes.
This bears repeating: This book focuses on C# and not the .NET Framework classes. It is useful for learning C#, but it is not useful for learning how to build business apps. As all of your data access is folded up into the .NET Framework classes, you will not learn data access from this book.
While most of the code is simple enough to work under beta 2, the book was written using beta 1. I have yet to run into code that blows up (technical term ;->) under b2, but it is possible. Since it does not cover the Framework, it is probably safe.
The strong part of the book is the breakdown of both beginning and intermediate concepts and the plethora of code samples (have to install from the CD to use). Each concept has at least one sample, and some concepts have many more, each building on the first.
I have to rate this book as average, as it does not quite measure up completely to the cover copy. I kicked it up one star (to four) as it is an Inside book, which are typically aimed towards the developer/user that is just starting out in a technology. I would have knocked off stars if the code would not compile under b2, as it comes out in the next few weeks. Since it covers the language more than the Framework, this is not an issue.
I am sure there are those who think this rating is a bit high, but let me explain. If you are advanced, or have played with C#, this book is not for you. As it is not aimed for the advanced market, per se, I cannot fault the book for what it is.
Conclusion: If you want to learn the C# language and syntax, this is not a bad book. As it does not touch the .NET Framework classes, it will not be completely obsolete in a month, as will large sections of every other C# book. If you are interested in learning more about the Framework classes, and building real world apps, I would wait until the next round of books come out. Those in the next couple of months will most likely either be rushed or error ridden, so watch the reviews before buying.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Superb for Concepts


Highlights:
*) Very clear and precise *) source code in book very nicely explained.
Drawbacks:
*) Sometimes very heavy treatment (at least on my poor brain!)*) Not a very portable reference (considering there are 2 more volumes). Is there a CD version ;-) ??
I initially bought this book to understand how the tcp/ip stack was implemented in linux.Being a programmer mainly doing business related software, I initially found understanding this a little daunting to go through . After a little effort and looking at the source, i found this book enlightening!
I found it extremely useful comparing code and concepts in the book with the actual tcp/ip source (FreeBSD and Linux). I am still going through 3 volumes of the book.
A very good text book if you want to dig into the core of tcp/ip.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Nessus Network Auditing (Jay Beale's Open Source Security)
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Renaud Deraison, Noam Rathaus, HD Moore, Raven Alder, George Theall, Andy Johnston, Jimmy Alderson
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great guide to get set up and running


I picked this up hoping to familiarize myself with vulnerability assessment in general. Although I ran into a few hiccups, the book supplied enough information to get Nessus installed and running fairly easily. Despite having never used Nessus before, I was able to run a scan against a couple Windows machines within a few minutes after installation (and not suprised to find several "Security Holes").

As a new user of Nessus, I can't really comment on the coverage of the information in the book - other reviewers seem to think highly of it. I can say it the book appears comprehensive and I look forward to delving deeper into the various things Nessus can do.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Incident Response and Computer Forensics, Second Edition
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Prosise, Kevin Mandia, Matt Pepe
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
a interesting book


Story,code,method,software and operating system.I think it is useful book.Read the book without boring time.