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Writing Secure Code

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2004

    I've Actually READ the Book...

    and it's an outstanding introduction to security, loaded with practical examples using Windows and/or .NET classes/APIs. True, it's ironic that Microsoft would write a book on security, but Microsoft's failures indicate how they didn't follow the practices explained in the book (rather than an inability to describe said practices). The book even goes so far as to explain how some notorious security holes were exploited. My one complaint is the myriad of languages used in the examples. I know less about C++ than I do about C#, and I don't know a thing about PERL. For that reason, some of the examples were a little hard to follow. Overall a very good, infomative read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2003

    What are you thinking?!

    If you honestly believe that Microsoft can teach you something about writing secure code, you probably need more help than this book can provide.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 11, 2009

    Interview with Michael Howard

    One of the co-authors, Michael Howard, talks about writing secure code on http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/security/cc895262.aspx. See the webcast called "Writing Secure Code."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2006

    The Mercy of Thin Air, a Significant First Novel

    Having studied Jung and Heisenberg at the post-doctoral level in relationship to literature, I find that this novel works well within the frames of synchronicity and acausality (quantum physics), without any tedious references to these complex matters. The novel is more than a wonderful love story, exploring elements of 'reality' appropriate to modernism and post-modernism. Razi is a memorable character, the central point of the novel working within the unifying theme of the title. To get a good grip on this novel, it is informative to go to Sir Arthur Eddington's 'parable of the two writing desks' in The Nature of the Physical World (1928). One of the writing desks is an antique piece which you can rest your elbows on while writing--the other is the desk within the frame of quantum physics, which consists almost entirely of empty space, built upon electrons whirling around nuclei, but physically separated by distances at least a hundred thousand times their sizes. It is a world of shadows. Of course, it was Bishop Berkeley who philosophically treated the stuff of the world as 'mind stuff.' Thanks to Heisenberg's principle of indeterminacy and the contributions of the Copenhagen School in physics, the causal world of Newtonian physics is exposed as partial truth. So we are back to Hamlet's remark to his friend Horatio, 'There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.' The Mercy of Thin Air is a thoughtful and intuitive first novel. 'It is believed by most that time passes in actual fact it stays where it is,' according to the Zen master Dogen.

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