Joomla! : a user’s guide

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Joomla! : a user’s guide : building a successful Joomla! powered Website / Barrie M. North. Prentice Hall, 2008

Joomla is CMS (Content Management System) . A CMS is used to build and organize a web site. It stores all content in a database, and presents it in web pages that have a consistent format (cf WordPress, which this site uses). It can be used to power a blog, forum, or eCommerce site. Joomla was previously called Mambo.

This book is for the web designer, and assumes no knowledge of PHP or CSS. It is an easily read book, and will teach you how to use all the features of Joomla.

Linux TCP/IP networking for embedded systems

book coverLinux TCP/IP networking for embedded systems / Thomas F. Herbert. Charles River Media, 2007

Find out how the TCP/IP stack is implemented in Linux. This book is for the kernel hacker, not the applications programmer. Not an easy read, but much easier than learning from reading the networking code.  The title is misleading, because you don’t need to be working on embedded systems to make good use of the book.

C++ coding standards

book coverC++ coding standards : 101 rules, guidelines, and best practices / Herb Sutter, Andrei Alexandrescu. Addison-Wesley, 2005

Such a simple yet invaluable book to anyone coding in C++, because code readability is so important. Lend it to co-workers and hope they read it.

The recommended standards are practical, and after you have read this book you will see them as common-sense. Each is supported by references to well known authorities.

Security Engineering

book coverSecurity engineering : a guide to building dependable distributed systems / Ross J. Anderson. Wiley 2008, hard cover

1000 very readable pages of straight talk on security.  This affects almost everyone.  The first edition was published in 2001, and the book appears to have been rewritten.  I wish there was a new edition yearly.

According to B. Schneier, “It’s beautiful. This is the best book on the topic there is”.

Professional Apache Tomcat 6

book coverProfessional Apache Tomcat 6 / Vivek Chopra, Sing Li, Jeff Genender. Wiley 2007 ISBN: 9780471753612

This is the quickest way for a systems admin to understand Tomcat. There is a lot to learn, and you need to know it all.

This book is not for the Java J2EE programmers who develop the servlets and web applications. Neither is it for a Tomcat developer.

Silence on the wire

book coverSilence on the wire : a field guide to passive reconnaissance and indirect attacks by Michal Zalewski. No Starch Press, 2005

This book on internet security is much different than most. Firstly, it is a joy to read! It has no dry descriptions of the latest vulnerabilities, but instead it delves into the technologies that underlie the Internet, and explores their inherent limitations.

Professional Python frameworks

book coverProfessional Python frameworks : Web 2.0 programming with Django and TurboGears / Dana Moore, Raymond Budd, William Wright.

If you are developing web applications using Python you will want to use a framework so you are not re-implementing all the ‘glue’ that is common to all web apps and so you have a clear project structure to work around. This book is an excellent introduction to two frameworks, TurboGears and Django.

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