Wireshark Network Analysis...A Small Book Review.
Well, the day finally came: I've got my Wireshark Network Analysis book in the mail. After paging through it for about an hour, I can definitely tell you that it's a worthwhile book to get for your library. As I hoped, the writing style is kept casual (Sidenote: I really loathe reading 'sterile' books - no passive voice, no contractions, no referring to yourself. The very first book I wrote was like that...please don't ever buy it.)
I was a little worried when I first started reading. Chapter 2 was a Wireshark interface breakdown, "This button does this, that button does that, and so on..." with no context of why you would use the features. But then, the book begins to turn into a scenario-driven guide...to the feel of, "Here's the problem. Here's what capture filters are...now, here's how you use them."
Now here's what I loved: every chapter ends with one or more "real life" scenarios submitted by various engineers in the network world. Really helps put the WHY into the concepts you just learned. Likewise, each chapter ends with labs anyone can do with either live captures or canned pcap files from the author's website. You could easily teach a class straight from this book...hmmmm...
When I ordered the book, I selected the "Signed by Author" option from the site (why not?)...and indeed it was! Someone's hand is tired I'm sure. The simple inscription just said, "Enjoy!" - thanks! I'm sure I will.