July 19, 2015
Today the IT world is moving very quickly from the classic infrastructure with servers, switches, hard disks and so on to virtual infrastructures, where all those things are simple pieces of software faking to be real objects. This has huge benefits, and this is why so many companies are doing this. Along with the advantages, this new way of doing IT has it’s criticality that the administrators have to know to prevent possible problems to happen.Read More
April 2, 2014
I usually don’t start with this, but lately I had some time constraints that made me wondering if is right to use so much time reading books. The Wireshark Field Guide Analyzing and Troubleshooting Network Traffic by Robert J. Shimonski is only 149 pages long (if we cut the introduction, indexes, etc. it boils down to 128 pages). This is a really short book and I have really appreciated this fact.Read More
May 28, 2013
The API are now becoming more used every day. Today every major website provides it’s own set of API and often the company websites and services are chosen (or not chosen) based on the availability of API and their design.
In this huge world that is getting bigger every day, RESTful API plays a huge role, in fact a lot of companies are moving their API to RESTful API since it’s easier to use, therefore more attractive for potential clients.Read More
May 21, 2013
When I opened this book I was impressed on the image/text ratio. Being a Maker Media product, I thought it was somehow similar to the Make magazine. I was very wrong: in the whole book there are less then 10 images/photos.
This is a good thing, if you like to read because allows the author to put way more contents than if he had to put more images and it keeps the file size small (~23Mb).Read More
May 14, 2013
As you probably know, I usually do not comment the books layout, being more focused on the contents of a book instead of it’s layout.
This time I will start this review speaking about the layout of this book since it’s REALLY peculiar. The Introduction is written in a two-columns layout, very similar to the Science magazine layout. The book itself is written in a single column layout, still with a “Science like” look.Read More
May 7, 2013
The anonymity on the web is probably one of the most debated topics on the web. Is possible to be completely anonymous? The short answer is no. This book tries to help the read to improve its anonymity, staying is the “real world”, as the “Practical” world in the title suggests. In this book you will not find anything that is too complex for an average user.
Whether this is good or bad, depends on you expectations.Read More
April 30, 2013
After few months after the review of CompTIA Security+ Rapid Review, I’m now here to speak about it’s bigger brother: the Training kit.
With its 569 pages, this book is more than twice the length of the Rapid Review one. Even if someone can think that they did a better summary in the Rapid Review one, I have to say that this is not the case for these two books. While the Rapid Review allows you to pass the exam if you already know the certification contents and you only need to evaluate your level and to refresh some contents, the Training Kit will teach you the certification contents.Read More
April 23, 2013
Hadoop is today a industry-standard software for the Big Data and this book it’s the industry-standard book for Hadoop. This book is able to bring you from no knowledge about Hadoop and the Big Data to a full knowledge of Hadoop and it’s usage.
The book is split in 16 chapters and 3 appendix for a total of 628 pages of contents. This make ~33 pages for chapter so it’s easy to read and to find what you need.Read More
April 16, 2013
Have you ever thought that the website you are developing or using is secure? Well, this book will make you change your opinion. This book will change your idea of security and therefor you’ll start to see anything as “probably having some security glitch”.
Mike Shema speaks about a lot of different kind of attacks in his book in a real deep way, at the point that sometimes I wondered if he was planning to instruct people how to hack websites or only how to secure own websites.Read More
April 9, 2013
Logs are one of the most powerful tools in the sysadmin hands, and probably of all kind of IT roles.
This book does deep into the logs and their management.
One of the aspects that I really liked about this book is the division of the text in chapters.
The book is “only” 420 pages long, but is well split in 22 chapter, so they are (on average) 21 pages long.Read More
March 26, 2013
Ganglia is the most robust and scalable tool for performance monitor I’ve tried or heard of.
This book, written by some of the top contributor of the project, is an awesome guide to Ganglia.
Due to its organization and the authors writing style, the book is easy to understand and can be read as a “full-guide” reading it from the first page to the last one, or a reference book reading only the parts that are relevant to you in that specific moment.Read More
March 19, 2013
When someone says the word “wireless”, 99.9% of the audience thinks at the Wireless Networking Technologies (802.11 family). Very few think to the Bluetooth. Even fewer people think to all the other technologies that use wireless technology to work, such as cordless phone, guard radios, headsets, wireless camera etc. This book embrace the last point of view.
The first chapter provides basic information and motivation for Wireless Profiling.
The chapter 2 provides the reader with all the information she needs to be able to understand the wireless technology and it’s usage.Read More
March 12, 2013
Metasploit is the most common and complete framework for testing security. Metasploit is an entire suite of tools and methodologies designed for testing the security of computers and networks.
The book is written for both experienced penetration tester and people new to the security field. For the first group, one of the most interesting thing is the explanation of the rules and ideas that formed the Penetration Test Execution Standard, while for users new to the field, is really interesting what can be done and how.Read More
March 5, 2013
After Microsoft’s CompTIA A+ Training Kit, here I am reviewing the Microsoft’s A+ Rapid Review. This book is really similar to the book CompTIA Security+ Rapid Review (this too by Microsoft Press).
Darril Gibson, the book’s author, have compressed a huge amount of contents in a (relatively) small amount of pages (411). This is the first big difference in respect of the Security+ Rapid Review, since this book has more contents per page (and about the double of pages).Read More
February 26, 2013
This book does cover one of the hardest topic that are present in digital photography. In fact, the photographies in the dark are the are the ones which are more frequently bad looking. The book provides with a big amount of techniques and tips covering equipment, the actual taking of the image, and post-production.
A lot of these techniques and tips are easily found on photography specific magazines and articles, but a book grouping all these techniques is really good since it’s an organic and easy to found and read collection.Read More
February 19, 2013
It’s Make! I think Make is one of the greatest, if not the greatest magazine available worldwide. I think that this is a really cool number of Make. As it usually happens to me, the part I like the most i the “Projects part”, in which I always find awesome ideas.
The article I liked the most is “Growing the Ghost” by Gabriel Nagmay. This article speaks about the growing of the Bhut Jolokia, one of the world most powerful chili flavour.Read More
February 12, 2013
This book initially shocked me. When I downloaded it, it was a 140 Mb so I thought it was full of drawings and comics. As soon as I opened the file I saw it was nothing I thought it would have been.
The book is mainly written (it can seem tautological but I think that’s right to point it out) with a lot of photos. I think the reason of the “hugeness” of the file is given by the photos.Read More
February 5, 2013
When I read the first lines of the description “Ready to give your design skills a real boost? This eye-opening book helps you explore the design structure behind most of today’s hit video games. You’ll learn principles and practices for crafting games that generate emotionally charged experiences—a combination of elegant game mechanics, compelling fiction, and pace that fully immerses players." on the O’Reilly website I thought it was a very well thought eye-catcher phrase to sell more books.Read More
January 29, 2013
I come to this book less than a month after reviewing the 70-410 Exam Ref. As the title may suggest, this book is tailored to the preparation of the Microsoft 70-413 exam. Speaking of the exam, I have to advice that the book does cover any exam objective, but does not cover every exam question.
The book is split into an introduction, 5 chapters and the index. The first chapter helps to understand how to plan and deploy a server infrastructure.Read More
January 22, 2013
When I’ve seen this book I had no idea about what I was going to find inside it.
As the title suggests, the book is pretty short (the PDF version count 161 pages) and so it’s really a few reading hours.
The book is divided in 5 chapters:
Planning: this chapter covers the Business Plan and all the accessories planning. From my experience (and the author too) a good plan is mandatory if you don’t want see your great idea failing.Read More
January 15, 2013
Reading this book has helped me a lot understanding better how the A+ exam works. This book is tailored for the CompTIA A+ certification (and this led me to this book instead of another one, since I’m looking forward to take this certification).
I really liked the fact that every chapter does cover conclusively an argument. In this way, you can choose which arguments read based on your interests and your needs.Read More
January 8, 2013
After the CompTIA Network+ Training Kit I find myself to review the CompTIA Security+ Rapid Exam Review.
This book is pretty short (258 pages long) but is very dense. It is divided into 6 chapters + one appendix.
For each atomic argument, the author does propose 1 to 3 True-or-False questions, their answer and the explanation. I did like the question-answer approach, since you understand immediately which is your level, therefore you can understand which parts you have to cover more and which less.Read More
January 1, 2013
Reading this book has helped me a lot understanding better how the networking works. This book is tailored for the CompTIA Network+ certification (and this led me to this book instead of another one, since I’m looking forward to take this certification.
I really liked the “structureness” of this book. After a brief introduction (Chapter 1) the book author analyzes the whole networking stack starting from ground up. The first chapters, in fact, are about Physical layer (Chapter 2), Data-Link Layer (Chapter 4) and Network Layer (Chapter 6).Read More
December 21, 2012
This in not an O’Reilly book, even if you have found it on the O’Reilly website. In fact this book has been published by the Microsoft Press. Maybe this is a good thing, since we are talking about Windows Server, one of the main Microsoft products. Who can speak about Windows better than its creator?
As the title may suggest, this book is tailored to the preparation of the Microsoft 70-410 exam.Read More
May 19, 2012
This book starts with a little introduction and with the instructions to setup the environment. After this, the book starts at full speed with “the Recipes”. The structure based on Recipes is what I liked the of this book. Every Recipe has the structure:
Problem Solution Discussion I think that this is a very powerful structure because in this way we can learn from the obstacles that each one of us can encounter in his way while coding.Read More
April 24, 2012
This is not the typical O’Reilly programming book and you can find it out very easily when you have the book in your hands, since it does not have any code inside The author, in fact, tries to create a software development science. This left me very puzzled since:
I think this kind of stuff has to be said by people after you, not buy the author himself The author mainly collect ideas and principles that are already explained in a lot of other books The author suggests the DRY and the don’t fix if it isn’t broken principles and I think these will not always bring you to good code The book only says what to do, it does not cover how to do it Re-factoring and single responsibility principle are not covered Apart of these five points, I think that the book has reasons to live.Read More
April 19, 2012
This is one of my favorite book about Linux. Probably is the most favorite one. In the last years I’ve been looking for a book that was like a printed man with some more explanation and a rigid order. This book does all this plus something more (that I’d rather not having).
I really liked the professional to professional user, since otherwise it would be much bigger and boring for pro users.Read More
April 17, 2012
My jQuery level was pretty close before I took the time to read this book. I’ve found this book amazing and really interesting even for fast-learner as I am (knowing a dozen of languages and libraries I tend to go really fast when I’m studying a new language or library).Read More
April 9, 2012
This book is weird, I’ve to tell you. I was expecting a book with some examples and some text. Well, I ended up with a book that, at the first sight, seems more a book for kids rather than a professional book since is 90% images.
The book is clearly organized, each chapter covering one specific aspect.
Navigation Forms Tables Search, sorting and filters Tools Charts Invitations Feedback & Affordance Help Anti-patterns After a little while, I learned how to learn (a lot of) good patterns and bad patterns (anti-patterns) from this book.Read More
April 4, 2012
Since the four authors are very popular in the SEO field, I was expecting the best book on SEO ever. All my expectation have been met.
I think that the book authors have done a great job describing these difficult concept in an easy and ordered way. The book, also, is very complete. The touched topics include: user-focussed data, key analytical tools, effective website creation, result tracking, search engine theory and behaviour, the impact of social media, SEO best practices and much more.Read More
April 1, 2012
jQuery Mobile is a library that allows you to develop mobile apps using jQuery. Is even possible to use a jQuery Mobile program as a native app, thanks to programs like PhoneGap.
This book assumes that you already know jQuery and I think that this is good since the author can focus only on the main topic in this way. I think you should know or study jQuery before even starting this book.Read More
February 28, 2012
Mining the Social Web is a good start for anyone is going to create scripts to analyze patterns in Social Networks. I’ve to say that this book consider that the reader already masters Python. I think that should be written directly on the title (ie: “Mining the Social Web with Python”).
I liked the really fast approach to the Social Networks, even if a lot of times I wanted more; for this reason I consider it only a start, not a complete book.Read More