Review: Metasploit – The Penetration Tester’s Guide

Metasploit: The Penetration Tester’s Guide by David Kennedy, Jim O’Gorman, Devon Kearns, and Mati Aharoni (O’Reilly Media) is very detailed and extremely valuable in demonstrating how penetration testing can be done using Metasploit along with having the great side-benefit of being able to learn about general methods and processes a pentester will go through during the…

Review: MongoDB Applied Design Patterns

MongoDB Applied Design Patterns by Rick Copeland (O’Reilly Media) is another in a series of patterns books that I would highly recommend for the implementer that knows the technology but is trying to discover if a previous solution (via a pattern) has been found for their problem. As to the reader, MongoDB Applied Design Patterns…

Review: Developing with Couchbase Server

In reviewing Developing with Couchbase Server by MC Brown (O’Reilly Media), I was impressed with how the author was able to turn the complex topic of NoSQL databases into graspable units of learning.  The book is relatively short for a technical title (88 pages).  However, it is clear that the book strives to get the reader…

Review: MapReduce Design Patterns: Building Effective Algorithms and Analytics for Hadoop and Other Systems

I picked up MapReduce Design Patterns: Building Effective Algorithms and Analytics for Hadoop and Other Systems by Donald Miner and Adam Shook (O’Reilly) to explore the deeper analytics that were possible in using Hadoop and MapReduce.   This book definitely did not disappoint in covering many of the more advanced challenges that engineers working with Hadoop datasets…

Review by Jason Armstrong of Learning Rail 3

Review: Learning Rails 3

Learning Rails 3 by Simon St. Laurent, Edd Dumbill, and Eric J Gruber (O’Reilly Media) is a great opening guide for developers that are new to Ruby on Rails development.  The book does assume some basic background from the reader (as stated in the preface).  The reader should know HTML development (not just HTML via…

Regular Expressions Reviewed by Jason Armstrong

Review: Introducing Regular Expressions

I read Introducing Regular Expressions by Michael Fitzgerald (O’Reilly Media) to gather deeper insights into the details behind regular expressions.  Fitzgerald does not disappoint.  The reader should sit back and prepare to drink from the fire hose as Fitzgerald drives through regular expressions in many of their entry level flavors and styles.  Introducing Regular Expressions is…