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Visualizing Data: Exploring and Explaining Data with the Processing Environment

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:46:07 +0000

Enormous quantities of data go unused or underused today, simply because people can't visualize the quantities and relationships in it. Using a downloadable programming environment developed by the author, Visualizing Data demonstrates methods for representing data accurately on the Web and elsewhere, complete with user interaction, animation, and more. How do the 3.1 billion A, C, G and T letters of the human genome compare to those of a chimp or a mouse? What do the paths that millions of visitors take through a web site look like? With Visualizing Data, you learn how to answer complex questions like these with thoroughly interactive displays. We're not talking about cookie-cutter charts and graphs. This book teaches you how to design entire interfaces around large, complex data sets with the help of a powerful new design and prototyping tool called "Processing." Used by many researchers and companies to convey specific data in a clear and understandable manner, the Processing beta is available free. With this tool and Visualizing Data as a guide, you'll learn basic visualization principles, how to choose the right kind of display for your purposes, and how to provide interactive features that will bring users to your site over and over. This book teaches you: The seven stages of visualizing data -- acquire, parse, filter, mine, represent, refine, and interact How all data problems begin with a question and end with a narrative construct that provides a clear answer without extraneous details Several example projects with the code to make them work Positive and negative points of each representation discussed. The focus is on customization so that each one best suits what you want toconvey about your data set The book does not provide ready-made "visualizations" that can be plugged into any data set. Instead, with chapters divided by types of data rather than types of display, you'll learn how each visualization conveys the unique properties of the data it represents -- why the data was collected, what's interesting about it, and what stories it can tell. Visualizing Data teaches you how to answer questions, not simply display information.

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iPhone Forensics: Recovering Evidence, Personal Data, and Corporate Assets

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:44:54 +0000

"This book is a must for anyone attempting to examine the iPhone. The level of forensic detail is excellent. If only all guides to forensics were written with this clarity!" -Andrew Sheldon, Director of Evidence Talks, computer forensics experts With iPhone use increasing in business networks, IT and security professionals face a serious challenge: these devices store an enormous amount of information. If your staff conducts business with an iPhone, you need to know how to recover, analyze, and securely destroy sensitive data. iPhone Forensics supplies the knowledge necessary to conduct complete and highly specialized forensic analysis of the iPhone, iPhone 3G, and iPod Touch. This book helps you: Determine what type of data is stored on the device Break v1.x and v2.x passcode-protected iPhones to gain access to the device Build a custom recovery toolkit for the iPhone Interrupt iPhone 3G's "secure wipe" process Conduct data recovery of a v1.x and v2.x iPhone user disk partition, and preserve and recover the entire raw user disk partition Recover deleted voicemail, images, email, and other personal data, using data carving techniques Recover geotagged metadata from camera photos Discover Google map lookups, typing cache, and other data stored on the live file system Extract contact information from the iPhone's database Use different recovery strategies based on case needs And more. iPhone Forensics includes techniques used by more than 200 law enforcement agencies worldwide, and is a must-have for any corporate compliance and disaster recovery plan.

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Metasploit Toolkit for Penetration Testing, Exploit Development, and Vulnerability Research

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:37:52 +0000

This is the first book available for the Metasploit Framework (MSF), which is the attack platform of choice for one of the fastest growing careers in IT security: Penetration Testing. The book and companion Web site will provide professional penetration testers and security researchers with a fully integrated suite of tools for discovering, running, and testing exploit code.This book discusses how to use the Metasploit Framework (MSF) as an exploitation platform. The book begins with a detailed discussion of the three MSF interfaces: msfweb, msfconsole, and msfcli .This chapter demonstrates all of the features offered by the MSF as an exploitation platform. With a solid understanding of MSF's capabilities, the book then details techniques for dramatically reducing the amount of time required for developing functional exploits.By working through a real-world vulnerabilities against popular closed source applications, the reader will learn how to use the tools and MSF to quickly build reliable attacks as standalone exploits. The section will also explain how to integrate an exploit directly into the Metasploit Framework by providing a line-by-line analysis of an integrated exploit module. Details as to how the Metasploit engine drives the behind-the-scenes exploitation process will be covered, and along the way the reader will come to understand the advantages of exploitation frameworks. The final section of the book examines the Meterpreter payload system and teaches readers to develop completely new extensions that will integrate fluidly with the Metasploit Framework. · A November 2004 survey conducted by "CSO Magazine" stated that 42% of chief security officers considered penetration testing to be a security priority for their organizations· The Metasploit Framework is the most popular open source exploit platform, and there are no competing books· The book's companion Web site offers all of the working code and exploits contained within the book

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Core Python Programming (Prentice Hall Ptr Core Series)

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:34:54 +0000

A quick guide to everything anyone would want to know about the soaringly popular Internet programming language, Python. Provides an introduction to new features introduced in Python 1.6, and topics covered include regular expressions, extending Python, and OOP. The CD-ROM includes the source code for all of the examples in the text. Softcover.

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Programming Perl

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:33:50 +0000

Coauthored by Larry Wall, the creator of Perl, this book is the authoritative guide to Perl version 5, the scripting utility now established as the programming tool of choice for the World Wide Web, UNIX system administration, and a vast range of other applications. Learn how to use this versatile cross-platform programming language to solve unique programming challenges. This heavily revised second edition of Programming Perl contains a full explanation of Perl version 5.003 features. It covers Perl language and syntax, functions, library modules, references, and object-oriented features. It also explores invocation options for Perl and the utilities that come with it, debugging, common mistakes, efficiency, programming style, distribution and installation of Perl, and much more. Reviewers have called this book splendid, definitive, and well worth the price.

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Pro Drupal Development

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:31:22 +0000

Pro Drupal Development is strongly recommended for any PHP programmer who wants a truly in-depth look at how Drupal works and how to make the most of it. — Michael J. Ross, Web developer/Slashdot contributor Drupal is one of the most popular content management systems in use today. With it, you can create a variety of community-driven sites, including blogs, forums, wiki-style sites, and much more. Pro Drupal Development was written to arm you with knowledge to customize your Drupal installation however you see fit. The book assumes that you already possess the knowledge to install and bring a standard installation online. Then authors John VanDyk and Matt Westgate delve into Drupal internals, showing you how to truly take advantage of its powerful architecture. Youll learn how to create your own modules, develop your own themes, and produce your own filters. You'll learn the inner workings of each key part of Drupal, including user management, sessions, the node system, caching, and the various APIs available to you. Of course, your Drupal-powered site isnt effective until you can efficiently serve pages to your visitors. As such, the authors have included the information you need to optimize your Drupal installation to perform well under high-load situations. Also featured is information on Drupal security and best practices, as well as integration of Ajax and the internationalization of your Drupal web site. Simply put, if you are working with Drupal at all, then you need this book.

  • This book is written by Drupal core developers.
  • Drupal architecture and behavior are mapped out visually.
  • Common pitfalls are identified and addressed.
  • Chapters provide regular discussion and reference to why things work they way they do, not just how.
  • The front matter features a foreword by Dries Buytaert, Drupal founder.
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Python (Visual QuickStart Guide)

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:29:11 +0000

UntitledNamed after the Monty Python comedy troupe, Python is an interpreted, open-source, object-oriented programming language. It's also free and runs portably on Windows, Mac OS, Unix, and other operating systems. Python can be used for all manner of programming tasks, from CGI scripts to full-fledged applications. It is gaining popularity among programmers in part because it is easier to read (and hence, debug) than most other programming languages, and it's generally simpler to install, learn, and use. Its line structure forces consistent indentation. Its syntax and semantics make it suitable for simple scripts and large programs. Its flexible data structures and dynamic typing allow you to get a lot done in a few lines. To learn it, you'll need is some basic programming experience and a copy of Python: Visual QuickStart Guide.In patented Visual QuickStart Guide fashion, the book doesn't just tell you how to use Python to develop applications, it shows you, breaking Python into easy-to-digest, step-by-step tasks and providing example code. Python: Visual QuickStart Guide emphasizes the core language and libraries, which are the building blocks for programs. Author Chris Fehily starts with the basics - expressions, statements, numbers, strings - then moves on to lists, dictionaries, functions, and modules before wrapping things up with straightforward discussions of exceptions and classes. Some additional topics covered include:- Object-oriented programming- Working in multiple operating systems- Structuring large programs- Comparing Python to C, Perl, and Java- Handling errors gracefully.

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Algorithms and Models for the Web-Graph: 6th International Workshop, WAW 2009 Barcelona, Spain, February 12-13, 2009,

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:17:27 +0000

This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 6th International Workshop on Algorithms and Models for the Web-Graph, WAW 2009, held in Barcelona, Spain, in February 2009 - co-located with WSDM 2009, the Second ACM International Conference on Web Search and Data Mining.The 14 revised full papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from numerous submissions for inclusion in the book. The papers address a wide variety of topics related to the study of the Web-graph such as theoretical and empirical analysis of the Web graph and Web 2.0 graphs, random walks on the Web and Web 2.0 graphs and their applications, and design and performance evaluation of the algorithms for social networks. The workshop papers have been naturally clustered in three topical sections on graph models for complex networks, pagerank and Web graph, and social networks and search.

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MySQL Stored Procedure Programming

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:15:17 +0000

The implementation of stored procedures in MySQL 5.0 a huge milestone -- one that is expected to lead to widespread enterprise adoption of the already extremely popular MySQL database. If you are serious about building the web-based database applications of the future, you need to get up to speed quickly on how stored procedures work -- and how to build them the right way. This book, destined to be the bible of stored procedure development, is a resource that no real MySQL programmer can afford to do without. In the decade since MySQL burst on the scene, it has become the dominant open source database, with capabilities and performance rivaling those of commercial RDBMS offerings like Oracle and SQL Server. Along with Linux and PHP, MySQL is at the heart of millions of applications. And now, with support for stored procedures, functions, and triggers in MySQL 5.0, MySQL offers the programming power needed for true enterprise use. MySQL's new procedural language has a straightforward syntax, making it easy to write simple programs. But it's not so easy to write secure, easily maintained, high-performance, and bug-free programs. Few in the MySQL world have substantial experience yet with stored procedures, but Guy Harrison and Steven Feuerstein have decades of combined expertise. In "MySQL Stored Procedure Programming," they put that hard-won experience to good use. Packed with code examples and covering everything from language basics to application building to advanced tuning and best practices, this highly readable book is the one-stop guide to MySQL development. It consists of four majorsections: MySQL stored programming fundamentals -- tutorial, basic statements, SQL in stored programs, and error handling Building MySQL stored programs -- transaction handling, built-in functions, stored functions, and triggers MySQL stored programs in applications -- using stored programs with PHP, Java, Perl, Python, and .NET (C# and VB.NET) Optimizing MySQL stored programs -- security, basic and advanced SQL tuning, optimizing stored program code, and programming best practices A companion web site contains many thousands of lines of code, that you can put to use immediately. Guy Harrison is Chief Architect of Database Solutions at Quest Software and a frequent speaker and writer on MySQL topics. Steven Feuerstein is the author of "Oracle PL/SQL Programming," the classic reference for Oracle stored programming for more than ten years. Both have decades of experience as database developers, and between them they have authored a dozen books.

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MySQL Database Design and Tuning (Developer's Library)

Sun, 09 Aug 2009 23:14:11 +0000

The authoritative, hands-on guide to advanced MySQL programming and administration techniques for high performance is here. MySQL Database Design and Tuning is the only guide with coverage of both the basics and advanced topics, including reliability, performance, optimization and tuning for MySQL. This clear, concise and unique source for the most reliable MySQL performance information will show you how to:

  • Deploy the right MySQL product for your performance needs.
  • Set up a performance management and monitoring environment using tools from MySQL.
  • Implement the right indexing strategy
  • Apply good performance strategy when developing software to work with the MySQL database.
  • Configure dozens of variable to correctly tune the MySQL engine.
If you deal with the intricacies and challenges of advanced MySQL functionality on a daily basis, you will be able to build on your knowledge with author Robert Schneider's real-world experiences in MySQL Database Design and Tuning.

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