Product: Book - Paperback
Title: PeopleSoft Integration Tools
Authors: Stewart Miller
As a consultant who needs to keep up to date with PeopleSoft products and services, I found this text to be quite excellent!
I am really pleased with the breadth of content and the technical expertise.
Overall, an excellent book and I very highly recommmend it!
Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco Access Control Security : AAA Administration Services
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Brandon Carroll
As we enter the Twenty-First century, new issues and challenges await those in the Information Technology environment. Within the short few years that have already passed the need for more advanced and reliable security mechanisms are presented daily. As such, security has become a clear critical need for the continued operation of any business/organization and especially the information technology portion of the business. Brandon Carroll's book "Cisco Access Control Security: AAA Administration Services" provides a detailed guide for the implementation and deployment of a security solution developed and released by Cisco Systems. Within his book Cisco's Access Control Security or ACS as it is known, is detailed and presented from all aspects including, installation, configuration in various methods and daily use.
Within the book Brandon not only focuses on the application and all the items that make the Cisco's application special; but combines information on the features and components that make ACS important. His details supportive information needed to help System and Network Administrators make educated decisions on methods and purposes for the implementation of different methods of authentication from Cisco's proprietary TACACS+ to the IETF Radius protocol. Within the pages an I found information on how to establish Accounting passed on access groups and how to ensure different individuals are limited to select capabilities strictly based on the group they are in and permissions that group is provided.
Even if ACS itself is not your primary purpose for this book in the initial chapters offer sufficient information on other Cisco devices like routers and switches, that allow any individual to understand authentication and authorization features of the other devices. Brandon clearly researched these areas and provides this research to others by spending the entire chapter two (2) detailing the different commands that are affected by Authentication, Authorization and Accounting as they related to both TACACS+ and Radius. This level of detail is further demonstrated within the initial Section or Part of the book when Brandon explains other Radius applications that are not developed by Cisco, but supported by the Cisco products.
As I read the book it became clear that Brandon was not simply repeating what Cisco already provided on their web site, but he was going beyond the documentation to provide a level of detail that would make this almost a clear to understand dummy's guide to the product. In my belief this book makes an excellent supplement to the material and is clearly a must have for any Network Administrator/Engineer that needs to support Cisco's ACS product. Brandon's ability to detail in step by step procedures from installation to supporting the product enhances and defines the documentation already provided by Cisco is a clear advantage to this book. The only thing I wish I could have gotten with the book was a 90 day demo version of the product, but then again that is already available on the Cisco web site itself for download.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Authors: Jesse Liberty
This is an excellent book for learning C#. I do not give it five stars because the section on Windows Forms and ASP.NET is quite limited. However, the initial section on the C# language is fantastic, as is almost every book from Liberty. For excercises for C# choose the Step by Step series from Microsoft, but be aware that you will need Visual Studio.NET to complete the exercises.
Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Murach's OS/390 and z/OS JCL
Publisher: Mike Murach & Associates
Authors: Raul Menendez, Doug Lowe
I was delighted to find a replacement for the dog-eared JCL manual on my bookshelf - and this one is much better than my old copy.
I started off looking up some random JCL parameters to see how easy it was to find things quickly (the most important thing in a reference book) and ended up reading the whole book from beginning to end when I realized just how many useful little things I had missed learning since I first started using JCL fifteen years ago.
According to the authors, "OS/390 and z/OS JCL" is intended for both mainframe trainees and experienced programmers. That must be why everything is clearly explained, rather than just giving the syntax and leaving it at that. In addition to the chapters on JCL, there are sections on ISPF, SMS, VSAM, IDCAMS, IBM utilities (IEBCOPY etc.), SORT, REXX and UNIX system services.
In other words, this is a very handy general purpose mainframe reference book, that will earn its place on my bookshelf.