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Inside Windows NT (Microsoft Programming Series)
Inside Windows NT (Microsoft Programming Series)
von David A. Solomon
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrific!, 25. Juni 1999
This book is an absolute must-have, whether you're a programmer or an NT administrator (although the former will get more out of it). The only gripe I have with the book is that the chapter on security is really weak (about 1/3 the length of every other chapter)--if you're looking for a detailed programmatic discussion of NT security, pick up Kevin Miller's "NT Services" (Wrox Press). This book isn't about security per se, but its chapter on security is terrific. Sorry for the digression, Inside WinNT is screaming to sit on your shelf now!


Hannibal
Hannibal
von Thomas Harris
  Gebundene Ausgabe

4.0 von 5 Sternen Good book, terrific ending, 21. Juni 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hannibal (Gebundene Ausgabe)
The entirety of "Hannibal" is not as exciting or fascinating as the entirety of his first two Lecter books. However, the ending more than makes up for it. The last fifty pages of the book are a conceptual roller-coaster: if you savored the gut-wrenching joy of having your morality turned upside down that the ending of "Seven" inspired, you'll love this. Lecter is not a monster, he's Neitzsche's Superman, and he uses his transcendence to coax an ordinary mortal into the ranks of Supermortality. Awesome.


A Darkness at Sethanon (Riftwar Cycle: The Riftwar Saga, Band 4)
A Darkness at Sethanon (Riftwar Cycle: The Riftwar Saga, Band 4)
von Raymond Feist
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,99

5.0 von 5 Sternen Realistic fantasy?, 2. Februar 1999
My two favorite fantasy series are Dragonlance and Riftwar. (I think Riftwar is better, but I read Dragonlance first, so that makes them tie in my mind.) Riftwar is so great because it accomplishes two things that I haven't encountered in other fantasy series (Xanth, Tolkien): 1. Its characters include all the major fantasy types (wizards, warriors, thieves, sages, clerics, etc.) without stripping them of their personality. Most D&D-derived books have trouble justifying characters of different "class" because classes make more sense from a game-designer's point of view than from an author's or reader's. Feist is able to fit his characters into the class framework without making them less as characters, and I have a feeling that's very difficult. 2. It's realistic, in that it's the best balance I've seen between outright heroic fantasy (Tolkien, Dragonlance) and the actual medieval European milieu. There have been some series devoted to depicting the latter, but they're more historical fiction than fantasy; Feist has been the only author I know of who has been able to integrate these two extremes.
Now that I've babbled about the series, where does Sethanon fit in? Out of the original four books of the series, it ties for first with "Magician: Master." (Magician: Apprentice is next and Silverthorn takes the rear.)


Illustrated SNA: Integrating SNA into Your TCP/IP Network (Wiley Illustrated Network Series)
Illustrated SNA: Integrating SNA into Your TCP/IP Network (Wiley Illustrated Network Series)
von Mark Pataky
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Brief but good, 21. Januar 1999
Roughly speaking, there are two kinds of computer professionals in the world: "client/server guys" and "mainframe guys." There are a lot of the latter who are trying to learn what they need to become the former, but there aren't very many client/server guys trying to learn about mainframes.
However, for those few (like me) who started out in client/server and have only the vaguest notion of what the mainframe environment is like, it can be very frustrating to find good books that can help you. Most of the mainframe references you find in bookstores are geared toward existing mainframe guys.
"Illustrated SNA" is the best introductory book to the mainframe environment that I've seen. Naturally it focuses on the networking aspects of mainframes over all other facets, but it necessarily touches on those other facets and in the process defines all those freakish acronyms you see in the want ads: CICS, MVS, VTAM, etc.
The book is disarmingly short, but the content-to-verbiage ratio is pretty high. It's very understandable and littered with powerpoint slides (also included on CD). The CD is useless, to be honest, but the rest of the book is worth the price just so you can crank your mainframe comfort level up a few notches.


Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C
Applied Cryptography: Protocols, Algorithms and Source Code in C
von Bruce Schneier
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 53,49

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4.0 von 5 Sternen The best introduction to cryptography I have read, 21. Januar 1999
If you are already a cryppie or other security professional, this book will not add much to your knowledge. But if you are a programmer or other systems person with a desire to familiarize yourself with the field, I can't recommend this book highly enough. A reasonably solid mathematical background is required to fully understand the algorithms, but the book is structured in such a way that you can skip most of the heavily technical stuff and still get a lot out of the read.
Because this is essentially an introductory text, generality is the name of the game. Pretty much everything is covered, but to a low, or medium at best, degree of depth. (Only DES is covered thoroughly.) However, the reference list in the back is huge, and you can use it to easily track down any more detailed information that you're after.


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