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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Way overrated

It is a very brief introduction book to Perl without many details. This book gives you the overview of Perl and make you feel you can learn Perl fast and easy(Probably it is the good part of this book). But basically you can not accomplish your daily work task only after finish reading this book. My suggestion is to buy "Programming Perl" and "Perl cookbook" together. "Programming Perl" is a good reference book and "Perl cookbook" is full of examples using Perl. Recommend this book to anyone who only wants to know what Perl is, but not the professionals who need to learn Perl for heavy usage.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: WarDriving: Drive, Detect, Defend, A Guide to Wireless Security
Publisher: Syngress
Authors: Chris Hurley, Russ Rogers, Frank Thornton
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Everything you need in one place - no searching the net

This book literally contains everything you might need to know to successfully engage in WarDriving. Starting from the most basic setup of homemade components to purchase and use of commercial ones it is one of the most thorough books available today on the subject. The authors wisely start out the book with defining what WarDriving is and what it is not. They define WarDriving as moving around a specific area and mapping the wireless access points for statistical purposes. It does not include actually accessing these points without prior permission. As such, the purpose of WarDriving is to raise awareness of the security issues related to wireless networks.
The first section of the book covers setting up both a laptop and a PDA for WarDriving purposes. This includes important general concepts like antenna types and their advantages and disadvantages, and connecting antenna to a wireless NIC. It also includes very specific information like specific NIC cards that work well and are conducive to the connection of external antennas and the like.
Once your hardware is set up you have to turn your attention to appropriate software. The authors detail both Windows and Linux software (free and commercial products) available to discover access points. It includes how to use NetStumbler, MiniStumbler, and Kismet to locate wireless LANs, the various options, and how to interpret the results. These are very detailed chapters and explain both the concepts and actual product use very well. Each of these chapters ends with additional software available to actually map the access points.
The final section of the book covers the details of attacking wireless networks. It includes information on finding cloaked points, hijacking, man-in-the-middle attacks, defeating MAC address filtering, and even attacking encrypted networks. In addition they include the details of enabling security on several specific models of Linksys and D-Link access points. The last part of the book covers advanced security information including configuring WiFi Protected Access, Wireless Gateway, VPN setup, RADIUS, and LEAP.
This is clearly one of the best books available on the subject of WarDriving. It provides a thorough examination of the subject, detailed explanations and instructions, and pretty much everything you need to know in this area. "WarDriving, Drive, Detect, Defend" is a very highly recommended book for anyone interested in wardriving.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 Complete Course
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Jan Kabili
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another Well Deserved 5 Stars!!!

Why am I giving this book 5 stars like the rest of reviewers? Just to conform? Of course!! Ah...but I don't mean with the star rating thing, but with the uniformity of praises. I'm totally new to anything that starts with the word, Photoshop... All I wanted was someone to guide me through the program in step-by-step, no nonsense fashion, and Jan did a superb job of systematically fulfilling my very need. No more frustration!!

Although I'm totally new and uninitiated, I had no problem whatsover going through Jan's Confidence Builder. So I slightly disagree with another reviewer who thought the Confidence Builder wasn't for a beginner. But I do very much agree with another reviewer who stated that this book is far better than Kelby's. My first book on PSE was by Kelby's, but after having had enough of frustration trying to figure out "in-between-the-steps" with Kelby's style of instruction (when you're frustrated, none of his incessant attempts at humor helps!), I purchased Jan's delightful book. With each of her tutorial segments, my knowledge of PSE grows and builds. For the first time I feel like I know what PSE is like and what I can do with it. Yet I've only touched on the surface!! So let me get back to the tutorial...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Developing Microsoft ASP.NET Server Controls and Components
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Nikhil/Datye, V. Kothari, Nikhil Kothari, Vandana Datye
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
terrific! best on the subject

If you need to write custom controls that are not just demonstrations or toys, this is the best book on the subject on the market. The authors tackle all the advanced topics in language that is clear and easy to understand, and they provide lots of example code to go with it.
This book is highly recommended.