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Java

After Learning Java Syntax, What Next? 293

Posted by timothy
from the nice-hot-bath dept.
Niris writes "I'm currently taking a course called Advanced Java Programming, which is using the text book Absolute Java, 4th edition, by Walter Savitch. As I work at night as a security guard in the middle of nowhere, I've had enough time to read through the entire course part of the book, finish all eleven chapter quizzes, and do all of the assignments within a month, so all that's left is a group assignment that won't be ready until late April. I'm trying to figure out what else to read that's Java related aside from the usual 'This is how to create a tree. This is recursion. This is how to implement an interface and make an anonymous object,' and wanted to see what Slashdotters have to suggest. So far I'm looking at reading Beginning Algorithms, by Simon Harris and James Ross."
Security

Man-In-the-Middle Vulnerability For SSL and TLS 170

Posted by Soulskill
from the alphabet-soup dept.
imbaczek writes "The SSL 3.0+ and TLS 1.0+ protocols are vulnerable to a set of related attacks which allow a man-in-the-middle (MITM) operating at or below the TCP layer to inject a chosen plaintext prefix into the encrypted data stream, often without detection by either end of the connection. This is possible because an 'authentication gap' exists during the renegotiation process, at which the MitM may splice together disparate TLS connections in a completely standards-compliant way. This represents a serious security defect for many or all protocols which run on top of TLS, including HTTPS."
Businesses

Tech Or Management Beyond Age 39? 592

Posted by kdawson
from the when-you-come-to-a-fork-in-the-road-take-it dept.
relliker writes "So here I am at age 39 with two contractual possibilities, for practically the same pay. With one, I continue being a techie for the foreseeable future — always having to keep myself up-to-date on everything tech and re-inventing myself with each Web.x release to stay on top. With the other, I'm being offered a chance to get into management, something I also enjoy doing and am seriously considering for the rest of my working life. The issue here is the age of my grey matter. Will I still be employable in tech at this age and beyond? Or should I relinquish the struggle to keep up with progress and take the comfy 'old man' management route so that I can stay employable even in my twilight years? What would Slashdot veterans advise at this age?"

Comment: Re:C++ IDE vs. learning (Score 1) 569

by freeplatypus (#27287781) Attached to: Programming Language Specialization Dilemma

I am probably the weirdest linux/user. Neither Vi(m) nor Emacs managed to please me. I belong to group of few that cannot live without joe (Joe's Own Editor), and sometimes Jed (when syntax coloring is required). :P

But will see how Eclipse and Netbeans works for C++ dev.

On the other hand, what unit testing libraries are worth trying out?

Comment: By the way ... (Score 1) 569

by freeplatypus (#27280825) Attached to: Programming Language Specialization Dilemma

I am Java developer with about 3 years experience. Previously I worked with PHP for couple of years. I have also worked a lot with SQL (Oracle and MySQL), and sometimes with Perl and bash.

Now from all of that I can say that Java seems to be the "simplest" to use. All the tools like profilers, unit testing frameworks, great IDE (eclipse) with plug-ins for everything possible ... but I am getting fed up with learning new framework every 6-12 months that changes nothing but XML configuration format (yes, I am exaggerating).

I want to start fooling around with C++. I know that I should start with STL/Boost combo, but how about other tools? Some helper tools to detect critical errors (error prone parts of code)? Some unit testing libraries? Is there good IDE (Visual Studio Express seems awfully .NET oriented), or can I buy something reasonable? All tips will be welcomed.

Privacy

+ - SHA-1 cracking on a budget->

Submitted by cloude-pottier
cloude-pottier (1150433) writes "One thing that is always amazing is what people manage to pull off on absolutely minimal resources. One enterprising individual went on eBay and found boards with more than half a dozen Virtex II Pro FPGAs, nurse them back to life and build a SHA-1 cracker with two of the boards. This is an excellent example of recycling, as these were originally a part of a Thompson Grass Valley HDTV broadcast system. As a part of the project, the creator wrote tools designed to graph the relationships between components using JTAG as to make reverse engineering the organization of the FPGAs on the board more apparent. More details can be seen on the actual project page. If an individual is able to pull this off for under 500 dollars, it almost makes one wonder what resources the government has available to them to do the same thing..."
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