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This is the first security book I have read on Android that was not primarily about hacking the Android platform. This book completely covers all the tools available to the Android software architects and developers. Instead of showing us how to root the device at the beginning of the book and then showing us exploits and vulnerabilities throughout the rest of it, he covers how root access is achieved in different types of Android builds, and different ways get Root Access, but late in the book. The book starts out with an overview of the Android security model, and then each chapter is dedicated to a specific feature of Android's security model. I have listed the chapters below. Chapter 1: Android's Security Model Chapter 2: Permissions Chapter 3: Package Management Chapter 4: User Management Chapter 5: Cryptographic Providers Chapter 6: Network Security and PKI Chapter 7:... (more)

Tool Update for Reverse Engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps

I have upgrade this tool and posted the new version. You now have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. You can now have the option to list the users on the sites, and flag sites that have not been updated for a while to show in RED. The user's emails are listed as well as their administration status. The DGML tool that creates diagrams for Visual Studio 2010 now ties all the site collects to the web application at the top level. Sites older than the day selected will be shown in RED. All the site nodes in the DGML... (more)

Second Upgrade to Tool for Reverse Engineering SharePoint 2007/2010

I have upgraded the tool I created for reverse-engineering SharePoint 2007 and 2010 into HTML, Text, and DGML Sitemaps. The tool is now versioned at 1.4. Sorry, 1.3 didn't get uploaded. You have to copy the appropriate folder instead of just the file (Version 1.0) because the tool is dependent on the WPF Toolkit. The folder includes the WPF Toolkit DLL. New features in this version include generating DGML diagrams that allow Root Sites to be put into groups, reports now include information on Services running on the Server and the Farm, user and group account information, and app... (more)

Good News about Silverlight and WPF for a Change

Most of my posts lately have only been delivering bad news about BUILDS affects on our Silverlight and WPF projects. Instead of dropping 2 Silverlight and 1 WPF project, we will only be dropping one Silverlight project. I am lucky enough to work with some very bright people. We have decided to push forward with the one of the Silverlight projects and the WPF project in order to introduce XAML into the environment. With METRO on the horizon you will have no choice but to learn XAML. The HTML/JS/CSS may pay off for the goal of attracting hobbyist and college kids, but it is going ... (more)

Book Review: Silverlight 4 Unleashed

This book is labeled as intermediate to advanced. I would agree with that listing. You won't find an overview of XAML in the book. The publisher has made Silverlight 2 Unleashed available for download and the book refers you to it for the basics. The author did do a good job of outlining the Silverlight 2 Unleashed chapters in the beginning of book, and pointing you to it where appropriate. Personally I would have preferred to have the chapters still considered relevant to have been updated and included. This would have made the book a beginners to advanced book. I have however s... (more)