Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Visual Studio Hacks: Tips & Tools for Turbocharging the IDE


Visual Studio Hacks: Tips & Tools for Turbocharging the IDE (Hacks)
By James Avery


With start-up templates for projects ranging from Windows applications to web services, and extensive help and on-line documentation, Visual Studio .NET might be mistaken for a tool for unsophisticated users. It's true that most developers soon discover that the basic operation of Visual Studio is fairly self-explanatory; less obvious are some of the suite's more advanced built-in features. Visual Studio .Net includes a wealth of little-used capabilities, is very customizable, has a complete automation model, and much more. On top of its regular feature set, there are hosts of free add-ins, macros, and power toys that can further enhance the functionality of Visual Studio. This book is all about exploring these things, and in doing so, becoming a better and more efficient developer. Developers will learn how to:

  • Get the most out of projects and solutions, including getting down and dirty with the undocumented format of project and solution files
  • Use these editor features to the fullest, and add additional functionality to the editor through the use of third-party add-ins
  • Learn smarter ways to navigate the application and your own source code
  • Customize shortcut keys, toolbars, menus, the toolbox, and much more
  • Use the debugger successfully not only on your source code, but with T-SQL and scripting languages as well
  • Automatically generate code
  • Learn how the server can be used to interface with databases, services, and performance counters, as well as WMI
  • Use and create Visual Studio add-ins to extend its functionality
Offering valuable tips, tools, and tricks, Visual Studio Hacks takes you far beyond the suite's usual capabilities. You can read this book from cover to cover or, because each hack stands its own, you can feel free to browse and jump to the different sections that interest you most. If there's a prerequisite you need to know about, a cross-reference will guide you to the right hack. If you want to experience the full spectrum of Visual Studio's functionality and flexibility, you'll find the perfect guide for exploration in Visual Studio Hacks. Once the final page is turned, you can confidently say that you've been exposed to everything that Visual Studio .NET is capable of doing.

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks (Anthology

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks (Anthology)
By Ben Balbo, Harry Fuecks, Davey Shafik, Ligaya Turmelle, Matthew O'Phinney

The PHP Anthology: 101 Essential Tips, Tricks & Hacks, 2nd Edition is a collection of powerful PHP 5 solutions to the most common programming problems.

Featuring best-practice code and a commonsense approach to development, this book includes coverage of:

  • Manage errors gracefully.
  • Build functional forms, tables, and SEO-friendly URLs.
  • Reduce load time with client- and server-side caching.
  • Produce and utilize web services with XML.
  • Secure your site using access control systems.
  • Easily work with files, emails, and images.
  • And much more

    The question and answer format will allow you to to quickly find and reference any of the 101 solutions, saving you hours of Internet research or painful trial & error. All solutions are fully explained and the ready-to-use code is available for download.

  • PHP Hacks: Tips & Tools For Creating Dynamic Websites (Hacks)


    PHP Hacks: Tips & Tools For Creating Dynamic Websites (Hacks)
    By Jack Herrington

    Programmers love its flexibility and speed; designers love its accessibility and convenience. When it comes to creating web sites, the PHP scripting language is truly a red-hot property. In fact, PHP is currently used on more than 19 million web sites, surpassing Microsoft's ASP .NET technology in popularity. Not surprisingly, this surge in usage has resulted in a number of PHP books hitting the market. Only one, though, takes the language beyond traditional Web programming and into mapping, graphing, multimedia, and beyond: "PHP Hacks,"

    In "PHP Hacks," author Jack Herrington wrings out his 20 years of code generation experience to deliver hands-on tools ranging from basic PHP and PEAR installation and scripting to advanced multimedia and database optimizing tricks.

    On the practical side of things, "PHP Hacks" helps you develop more robust PHP applications by explaining how to improve your database design, automate application testing, and employ design patterns in your PHP scripts and classes. In the category of "cool," Herrington explains how to upgrade your Web interface through the creation of tabs, stickies, popups, and calendars. He even examines how to leverage maps and graphics in PHP. There's also a bounty of image and application hacks, including those that show you how to:

    Integrate web sites with Google maps and satellite imaging

    Dynamically display iPhoto libraries online

    Add IRC, SMS, and Instant Messaging capabilities to your Web applications

    Drop the latest Wikipedia dictionary onto your Sony PSP

    Render graphics and user interfaces with SVG, DHTML, and Ajax

    Whether you're a newcomer or an expert, you'll find great value in "PHPHacks," the only PHP guide that offers something useful and fun for everyone.

    VoIP Hacks: Tips & Tools for Internet Telephony (Hacks)


    VoIP Hacks: Tips & Tools for Internet Telephony (Hacks)
    By Ted Wallingford

    Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is gaining a lot of attention these days, as more companies and individuals switch from standard telephone service to phone service via the Internet. The reason is simple: A single network to carry voice and data is easier to scale, maintain, and administer. As an added bonus, it's also cheaper, because VoIP is free of the endless government regulations and tariffs imposed upon phone companies.

    VoIP is simply overflowing with hack potential, and VoIP Hacks is the practical guide from O'Reilly that presents these possibilities to you. It provides dozens of hands-on projects for building a VoIP network, showing you how to tweak and customize a multitude of exciting things to get the job done. Along the way, you'll also learn which standards and practices work best for your particular environment. Among the quick and clever solutions showcased in the book are those for:

    • gauging VoIP readiness on an enterprise network
    • using SIP, H.323, and other signaling specifications
    • providing low-layer security in a VoIP environment
    • employing IP hardphones, analog telephone adapters, and softPBX servers
    • dealing with and avoiding the most common VoIP deployment mistakes

    In reality, VoIP Hacks contains only a small subset of VoIP knowledge-enough to serve as an introduction to the world of VoIP and teach you how to use it to save money, be more productive, or just impress your friends. If you love to tinker and optimize, this is the one technology, and the one book, you must investigate.

    Hacker's Challenge 3 (Hacking Exposed)

    Hacker's Challenge 3 (Hacking Exposed)
    By David Pollino, Bill Pennington, Tony Bradley, Himanshu Dwivedi

    The stories about phishing attacks against banks are so true-to-life, it’s chilling.” --Joel Dubin, CISSP, Microsoft MVP in Security

    Every day, hackers are devising new ways to break into your network. Do you have what it takes to stop them? Find out in Hacker’s Challenge 3. Inside, top-tier security experts offer 20 brand-new, real-world network security incidents to test your computer forensics and response skills. All the latest hot-button topics are covered, including phishing and pharming scams, internal corporate hacking, Cisco IOS, wireless, iSCSI storage, VoIP, Windows, Mac OS X, and UNIX/Linux hacks, and much more. Each challenge includes a detailed explanation of the incident--how the break-in was detected, evidence and clues, technical background such as log files and network maps, and a series of questions for you to solve. In Part II, you’ll get a detailed analysis of how the experts solved each incident.