My personal bookshelf revealed, part I

Silence on the wireIs it possible to by a good software developer and not to read books? Probably, but I think only if you are true genius! Otherwise you are lost in modern tech world if you are not keeping track. Sure you can read blogs, but nothing is better than good technical book from time to time. I love to read good books. Earlier I was a true bookworm. Now I have less and less time, but I still like to take I while to lay back and read. Interestingly enough more and more of my bookshelf is taken by technical books.
I’ll tray to review from time to time an interesting tech book for you. I would like to begin with a book that is especially close to my heard. I don’t know weather it is because the author is Polish or because I found inside the best description of how to get from transistor to a logical gate ever written! The book is called Silence on the Wire: A Field Guide to Passive Reconnaissance and Indirect Attacks and the author is Michal (or better MichaΕ‚) Zalewski. The book was originally written in English but I’ve seen some translations too (Polish and German). It is not a book strictly aimed on software developer, but it is surreally one that every software developer that works with Internet (so every software developers πŸ˜‰ should read. It is more a set of essays reaching from the lowest level like generating random numbers through TCP stack to web client identification. In no means is the book a dray academical paper! It is build on authors experiments on a living system. That makes this book special. It dims the minor drawbacks like “uncohesivnes” in book structure (it is more a set of lose papers than a solid book that you have to read from cover to cover). Have a nice reading!

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  • Mateusz Loskot

    Hi Marcin,
    It’s been so long…great to meet you here (virtually) πŸ™‚
    I attended a few lectures given by lcamtuf (Michal) in Warsaw. I loved it.
    There are some slides and notes archived on the website of WarLUG (
    Cheers and hope to meet you in near future πŸ™‚

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