Archive for December, 2006

The Career Programmer: Guerrilla Tactics for an Imperfect World, Second Edition

Monday, December 11, 2006

career.jpgby Christopher Duncan

Missed deadlines, death marches, unstable releases, continual overtime, and skyrocketing stress levels are legendary in the software development industry. Unlike traditional occupations such as accounting or administration, the software business is populated by programmers who are as creative and passionate about their work as musicians or artists. For most, it is a complete surprise when they enter the business world and find that internal politics, inept management, and unrealistic marketing drive the process rather than a structured and orderly approach based on technical issues and quality. The average programmer, having the least authority in the management chain of command, feels powerless to change these things but suffers the consequences.
The Career Programmer steps through the entire sequence of events, from the decision to create a new software system to theend of the project, and explains how the individual programmer or project manager can work within the existing system to solve specific problems and regain control of the process. Avoiding an academic approach, care is taken to offer proven, practical, hands on solutions that are designed to work when confronted with the political and chaotic realities of the business environment. Issues are addressed from both the programmer and project manager point of view and steps are shown in all perspectives, from large-scale teams down to single developer projects. Management will never simply hand over the reins and allow a completely new and unfamiliar approach to be instituted. Realizing this, the reader is shown how to build on small, incremental successes that not only solve the problems at hand, but also work towards a gradual reworking of the development process by showing management a stream of results to which they can relate. For the individual programmer or project manager the end result is less overtime, less stress, better quality software and a more satisfying career. (www.barnesandnoble.com)

Networking All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies

Monday, December 11, 2006

networking.jpgby Doug Lowe and John Wiley and Sons

Provides a single source for all the reference info needed by network administrators, all of the key details you would normally have to turn to a stack of books to find.
Book 1: Networking Basics
Book 2: Building a Network
Book 3: Network Administration and Security
Book 4: Troubleshooting and Disaster Planning
Book 5: TCP/IP and the Internet
Book 6: Wireless
Book 7: Home Networking
Book 8: Windows Server
Book 9: Linux

(www.barnesandnoble.com)

Photoshop Elements 4: Gone Wild

Monday, December 11, 2006

gone-wild.jpgby Dave Huss

Photoshop Elements Gone Wild is your full-color, step-by-step cookbook to 75 mind-blowing Photoshop Elements effects. This book shows beginning and intermediate Elements users how to unleash their imaginations and get results like the pros. Readers will be inspired to execute amazing effects they thought could only be achieved with the expensive, full version of Photoshop. Try these wild effects and many more: Change a family member into an action figure. Turn a woman into a vampire. Turn a favorite photo into a magazine cover. Combine people or objects from different shots into a montage. Make a person climb a giant bottle. Create a “Salvador Dali” photo. And, there are useful Photoshop Elements tips and sidebars on nearly every page. Veteran digital photographer and author David Huss skips the theory and lengthy text to show readers exactly how to dive into Photoshop Elements to create fun effects (www.barnesandnoble.com).

Foundation Flash 8

Monday, December 11, 2006

foundation1.jpg by Sham Bhangal and Kristian Belsey

If you’re looking for a solid foundation in Flash 8 Basic and Flash 8 Professional, then this is the book for you!

The fourth edition of friends of ED’s legendary beginner Flash book, Foundation Flash 8 uses a series of structured exercises and detailed discussions to help you start your exploration of Flash. The detailed tutorial style will ensure that you retain the knowledge you gain and are able to draw upon it throughout your Flash career. Foundation Flash 8 features a running case study that evolves into a fully functional Flash website as you work through the tutorials, so you’ll immediately see everything that you learn being used in practical project.

This book focuses on the core skills that you need to get started working with Flash 8: understanding the interface, becoming familiar with the creative tools and their capabilities, grasping the relationships between the different components that make up a Flash movie, and getting insight into how to put all the pieces together to create your own Flash application (www.barnesandnoble.com).

Digital Media Tools

Monday, December 11, 2006

digital.jpgby Nigel and Jenny Chapman

Digital Media Tools is a clearly focused introduction to acquiring skills in the use of major software tools to create multimedia. It will help you in the practical preparation of illustrations and still images, video, animation and sound as well as multimedia authoring for the Web. With the benefit of these experts coaching you, as you turn your hand to the exercises and get plenty of practice, you will acquire a mastery of the tools. You will learn what they do best and what their limitations are. The second edition augments the contents of the original edition with supplements to the chapters covering tools that have seen a significant upgrade since it was originally published. The new versions covered in this way are Photoshop 7, Flash MX, Illustrator 10 and Dreamweaver MX. A one-stop shop for project based courses using a range of software applications to create multimedia, this book is designed and tailored for novices and students (www.barnesandnoble.com).

Camtasia Studio 3: The Definitive Guide

Monday, December 11, 2006

camtasia.jpgby Daniel Park

Camtasia Studio 3 is the latest version of TechSmith’s industry-leading screen video recording and editing tool. It is appropriate for beginning to advanced-level users. Beginners will learn the various capabilities of the software in a stepwise manner, reinforcing what they’ve learned with a comprehensive set of exercises. More advanced users will find a plethora of tips & tricks, anecdotal notes, and pitfalls to avoid (www.barnesandnoble.com).

Anti-Hacker Tool Kit

Monday, December 11, 2006

antihacker-tool-kit.jpgby Mike Shema, Chris Davis, Aaron Phillip, and David Cohen

“Using these tools yourself during an audit will help you find the weaknesses in your systems. This is an excellent reference book—one I plan to keep handy.” —Simple Nomad, Noted security expert and author of The Hack FAQ and Pandora

Put an End to Hacking. Stop hackers in their tracks using the tools and techniques described in this unique resource. Organized by category, Anti-Hacker Toolkit provides complete details on the latest and most critical security tools, explains their function, and demonstrates how to configure them to get the best results. New and updated case studies in each chapter illustrate how to implement each tool in real-world situations. Protect your network and prevent disasters using the cutting-edge security tools and exclusive information in this completely up-to-date volume.

Explains how to configure and use these and other key tools:

  • Port scanners: Nmap, SuperScan, IpEye, Scanline
  • Enumeration tools: smbclient, nbtstat, Winfingerprint
  • Web vulnerability scanners: Nikto, WebSleuth, Paros, wget
  • Password crackers: PAM, John the Ripper, L0phtCrack
  • Backdoors: VNC, Sub7, Loki, Knark
  • System auditing tools: Nessus, Retina, STAT, Tripwire
  • Packet filters and firewalls: IPFW, Netfilter/Iptables, Cisco PIX
  • Sniffers: snort, BUTTSniffer, TCPDump/WinDump, Ethereal
  • Wireless tools: NetStumbler, Wellenreiter, kismet
  • War dialers: ToneLoc, THC-Scan
  • Incident response tools: auditpol, Loggedon, NTLast
  • Forensics tools: EnCase, Safeback, Ghost, md5sum, FTK
  • Miscellaneous tools: Netcat, Fpipe, Fport, Cygwin, and many more

CD-ROM contains all the security tools discussed in the book (www.barnesandnoble.com).

Next-Day Job Interview

Monday, December 11, 2006

8911407.gifby Michael Farr

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Got a job interview tomorrow? Don’t fret and sweat. In less than an hour or so, you can master the most important tips for succeeding in your interview-and getting the job.

Mike Farr’s proven methods help people find better jobs in less time. He gives you the essentials for communicating your accomplishments-without spending weeks memorizing pat answers to frequently asked questions.

Foundation ASP for Dreamweaver 8

Monday, December 11, 2006

foundation-asp.jpgby Omar Elbaga and Rob Turnbull

Do you want to learn about Microsoft’s ASP and use it via Dreamweaver 8 to add the power of a database to your website? Use dynamic web forms to exchange data between you and your users? Build complete web applications? This book shows you how to do all that and more.Dreamweaver 8 takes a lot of the hard work out of performing tasks such as integrating a database into your website, but it can’t do everything. That’s why this book not only shows you how to use all of Dreamweaver’s functions, but also shows you how the underlying code functions, so you can then work around Dreamweaver’s shortcomings. There’s no attempt to turn you into a code guru, but you’ll come away with sufficient knowledge of basic ASP to have the confidence to dive into the Dreamweaver code and tweak it to your own requirements. The emphasis is exclusively on ASP, so you don’t waste any time on information that’s not relevant to what you want to do.

Omar and Rob first take you through the latest version of Dreamweaver, and how ASP fits into it, then look in-depth at setting up your work environment — installing ASP, Access (and SQL Server), and the IIS web server, making sure they are all working together, and setting up a new web site via Dreamweaver. They then get to work, using several tutorials and real world examples, covering topics such as ASP Essentials (knowing what ASP code looks like,) working with forms, designing and implementing effective databases using Access and SQL Server, debugging and troubleshooting, and creating dynamic navigation, login, and search functionality.

In this book, you’ll learn:

How to install and configure a testing environment using ASP, IIS, Dreamweaver 8, and SQLServer or Access

The fundamentals of the ASP language and good database design

How to use all the Dreamweaver 8 ASP server behaviors

The ins and outs of exchanging data between your users and your database using dynamic web forms

How to build complete ASP web applications, including a photo gallery and a blog. (www.barnesandnoble.com)

FileMaker Pro Business Applications

Monday, December 11, 2006

filemaker-pro.jpgby  Arthur W. Evans

This book gives small business owners and workgroup managers the power to write their own database applications. After demonstrating how easily a database can be written using FileMaker Pro, the book introduces a set of 11 business database case studies that provide easily adaptable solutions for a variety of data management requirements (www.barnesandnoble.com).