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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML for the World Wide Web with XHTML and CSS: Visual QuickStart Guide, Fifth Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Elizabeth Castro
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Try It, You'll Love It!

This is a brilliant and easy to follow book. By presenting each topic in a manageable way and with examples of everything discussed in the book, nothing is overwhelming. It is consistent, focused, and thorough (details are even provided on the software, fonts and photos used to create the book). It leaves no loose ends and includes suggestions for web sites or other books to refer to for areas that fall outside the scope of this book.
The companion web site is also extremely useful, easy to use, and witty. The few typos in the book are noted on the web site.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Visual C++ 6
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Ivor Horton
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Great textbook to start learning Visual C++

I've been programming with VB/ASP for more than a year, now I need to learn Visual C++ to code things can't be done with VB.
I believe this is a very good book for all levels, even if you never programmed before. Each chapter provides code examples, and explain in detail how it works, and/or why it does not work. unlike Microsoft mastering series that I have an online version, which just fly through all the topics, good for code sample or reference, not learning. Before, whenever I saw some window C++ code, I always got overwhelmed, but this book explains code in detail, as well as necessary background information.
After read each chapter, I disipline myself to do all the exercises, then compare with the answers to ensure I understand that chapter. For me, the best way to learn is by coding. The exercises and answers are the best part of the book.
great learning book. Highly recommand it.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Forensic Discovery
Publisher: Addison Wesley Professional
Authors: Dan Farmer, Wietse Venema
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A focused look at digital forensics by two pioneers

Farmer and Venema do for digital archaeology what Indiana Jones did for historical archaeology. 'Forensic Discovery' unearths hidden treasures in enlightening and entertaining ways, showing how a time-centric approach to computer forensics reveals even the cleverest intruder. I highly recommend reading this book.

I appreciate books that don't rehash previously published material. Plenty of authors have written books with the word 'forensics' in the title, and many impart little or no useful or original information. (Exceptions include this book, along with Mandia and Prosise's 'Incident Response and Computer Forensics, 2nd Ed' and Jones' 'Real Digital Forensics,' forthcoming.) While 'Forensic Discovery' discusses concepts familiar to kernel developers or others with low-level operating system knowledge, the book is useful because it places such details in the concept of a security investigation.

'Forensic Discovery' is exactly the sort of forensic book I enjoy, because it is primarily concerned with intrusions. Broadly speaking, there are two types of 'forensic investigators:' those that know how to image a hard drive and search for pornography, and those that know how to respond to and investigate an intrusion. Farmer and Venema are clearly in the second category, and their examples focus on intrusion scenarios rather than workplace misuse of the Internet. Their statement regarding the conservative approach advocated by the US DoJ on p. 195 makes their stance clear.

Chapters 6 and 8 were two of my favorites. Ch 6 discusses virtual machines, system call and library monitoring, and debugging. The authors also show the relationship between disassembled code and decompiled C source code. Ch 8 offers a solid introduction to virtual memory managers. Throughout the book Farmer and Venema give command equivalents for Linux, FreeBSD, and Solaris. Windows makes infrequent appearances,, although ch 8 presents a Windows memory dump case.

'Forensic Discovery' is unique in that many of the author's conclusions are based on their own experiments. They seek to gauge file system and memory persistence using real-world systems, rather than unsubstantiated theories. 'Forensic Discovery' complements books on analyzing malware and victim systems, such as those by Skoudis, Carrier, Hoglund, and Jones. At 198 pages it is a quick read, but definitely worth your time and money.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Internet for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: John R. Levine, Margaret Levine Young, Carol Baroudi
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Definite must-have for the Internet 'newbie'!

If you're just starting out to use the Internet, this is a definite must-have book for you! It's written in way for all of us to understand, and leaves the techie jargon behind! This book is a definite MUST HAVE for any website designer, newbie to web design and anyone and everyone who has an online business. Simple, easy to understand visuals compliment the text, which is written in a very simplistic manner. This book is wonderful - magnificent - excellent, and will help you greatly understand the elements of successful web design. I've used it to consistently update my own website, at:http://www.aei.dli.comIf you don't have this book, you're missing out on your single-most-important investment in your professional life!