As a member of the Solution Accelerators - Security and Compliance (SA-SC) team, I’d like to share an observation and ask for some feedback from our readers.
The current top 10 SAs (Solution Accelerators) are:
I think this list is a testament that security knowledge is highly sought after in our community of experts! However, the list includes a number of SAs that have been out for several years, on issues such as hardening Windows XP and Windows 2003. This poses a question: What makes these SAs valuable to you? Are there specific reading styles that make technical guidance better than others?
I think it's fair to categorize technical libraries into the following broad categories:
(If you think I’ve omitted any categories, please let me know.)
To me, it seems that only a couple of categories in this list are really worth reading.
When I see technical documentation about a topic I’m interested in, it will end up on my shelf and receive very little attention if it's more than a white paper and not referential. However, there are some gems in the wild.
Recently I've been spending some time learning PowerShell, and I came across a book that fits my definition of a white paper (good dive into technology) in a book and is also great reference material. What makes this book successful is its attention to providing good quality reference information while threading the material together with a clear intention of teaching a technology.
If you had to classify your best technical reading material, what criteria would you use, and why?
I'd love to hear back from you.
Oh BTW—the book I referred to was "Windows Powershell in Action" by Bruce Payette.
Frank, on the SA-SC, one item that I found could use a little clarification is your "Data Encryption Toolkit for Mobile PCs". I believe it is for laptops and not systems running the Windows Mobile OS.