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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: SNMP, SNMPv2, SNMPv3, and RMON 1 and 2 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: William Stallings
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Comprehensive and accessible.


I have not read this book from cover to cover, but have read through large sections, and dipped into it for specific reference, and found it excellent for both. Whether you sit in front of a management station and want to know what goes on underneath, want to program SNMP, or just want to know how network management works, it's there. I've both managed networks, and programmed SNMP, and found this an excellent book to extend my understanding of network management.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MySQL (3rd Edition) (Developer's Library)
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Paul DuBois
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This is *THE* Book


I have purchased many books on SQL. I USUALLY purchase books (I own over 30) from Oreilly, as I did with their MySql/MSQL book which was absolutely NOTHING in comparison to the MySQL book by Other New Riders. I really must say this book is PERFECT. It covers EVERY major topic. It is SUPERBLY written, both novices and experts alike can easily learn, follow, and understand this book. It's an extraordinarly effective tutorial, learing guide, and reference. It gives clear, easy to follow instructions and examples on everything, and anything you need to do in reguard to databases. I give this book my HIGHEST possible recommendation. This book was worth every single penny I paid for it.



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
Helps understand what's happening under the hood.


Apart from the biased outlook on the IDS products of the world (the writer definitely prefers SNORT over anything else presently available). The book gives the essentials that a beginner to intermediate WAN engineer would need to get a very good idea of what is an IDS system, how it works, the pitfall to avoid and how to implement it. The first part of the book is sort of a short recap on TCP/IP (and should have been taken off from this book though - if you are familiar with TCP/IP you'll just skip it and if not...I suggest you buy a more focused book on the TCP/IP suite before buying this book !) The rest of the book is technical enough to get you informed and curious(you'll probably need other good TCP/IP reference books to statisfy your technical curiosity), and covers the non-technical aspect of an IDS enough to point you in the good direction if you are planning to implement an IDS. This is not a "How To" manual on IDS though, if you are looking for something on "how to operate your Realsecure IDS" for example, well this is the wrong book, go get some training at ISS. But if you are looking to understand what's going on inside your IDS and to dig a little deeper than just printing off a report when the alerts start going off, this book should be part of your library.
I put a 4 star because even if the book has not been written by an expert writer and has some bias toward specific techniques and products, the information covered is very good and accurate. A good book and one needed if you what to know an IDS a little bit more.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Large-Scale C++ Software Design
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: John Lakos
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
issues that most books fail to see


This books is truly amazing, I have read a lot of books about C++ (probably too much), but I definitely can say that this books hold a different perspective about most issues and I learned a lot of PRACTICAL issues.