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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Cisco Wireless LAN Security
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Krishna Sankar, Sri Sundaralingam, Darrin Miller, Andrew Balinsky
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Cisco wireless security at its best


Wireless and security go hand-in-hand. Enabling wireless without implementing security is a disservice to your client; it makes them totally vulnerable to intrusion.

This book gives you the technical capabilities and knowledge to understand what it takes to implement current (2004-2005) security techniques in your Cisco Aironet wireless environment. It includes detailed information, including sample IOS configurations, about Cisco wireless security and intrusion prevention. The book flows well from chapter to chapter and builds upon previous topics. The authors discuss Cisco SWAN (Structured Wireless Aware Networks) in depth and then offer several enterprise wireless deployment scenarios.

All-in-all, a very well-written technical manual that I highly recommend for WLAN engineers implementing Cisco Aironet solutions.

This book was written before the Airespace acquisition and does not cover that architecture.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming .NET Components
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Juval Lowy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Signficant work, very well written.


I have purchased, literally hundreds, and I mean hundreds of technology books over the last 20 years, and this may be the best.
This work addresses not only how one builds software but why, and provides clear insight into the design goals of component technology from early Windows dll(s), to the current Microsoft .net Framework.
This is the "Rosetta Stone" of Microsoft .net.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming ColdFusion MX, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Rob Brooks-Bilson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A well-structured, systematic reference


There are more than a few valuable ColdFusion books on the market but, in my opinion, they suffer from their "hands down" approach that makes them very well suited for the beginners but, at the same time, often fails to deliver what experienced developers really need. So, if you already have some decent experience with ColdFusion or web developing in general (no matter the language), give yourself a favor and get a copy of Brooks-Bilson's book. The author delivers a well-structured, systematic reference to ColdFusion; just what a developer needs to get the job done, also a handy reference to keep near the keyboard. A special mention is due to the fact that this is the only book that covers version 6.1.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming C#, 4th Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jesse Liberty
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Didn't take long to know I had purchased a great book


With most books the reader must wait until finishing it before forming a final opinion, and this is especially true with technical material. However, even though I have completed only about 1/4 of the book I can clearly and confidently state that my search for a great C# book was successful.
Liberty presents a level of explanation and detail for the language features and syntax that exactly fits the needs of C++ and/or JAVA programmers -- no elementary fluff or filler, no wasted words, and a comprehensive list of topics.
That alone would probably make this book worth the purchase price, but it's only the beginning. After learning the programming language itself in the first half of the book, the reader is then immediately shown how to use C# within the .NET framework. The basic .NET architecture is also discussed, along with the Framework Class Library. This is exactly the way I learned how to program C++ in Visual Studio 6 (the predecessor the Visual Studio .NET) -- FIRST learn the language and then IMMEDIATELY learn about the IDE, along with MFC classes, etc.
I will say, however, that if you're not already a C++ or JAVA programmer you might want to purchase another text to learn the syntax. But you should still buy this book because of its later chapters on using C# to build .NET applications (and because it would make a fine, compact C# reference text after you've grown more comfortable with the language).