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Hackish C++ Pranks & Tricks [With CDROM] Paperback – Nov 2004

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 326 pages
  • Publisher: A-List Pub; Pap/Cdr edition (November 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931769389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931769389
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 18.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,384,240 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Michael Flenov is a technical writer who specializes in C++ and Delphi programming, hacking, and code optimization. He has dealt with many issues related to SQL Server and Delphi, C++, and system programming, including CAD development, optimization techniques, code research, and database creation.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9d7b4da4) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c32d270) out of 5 stars Another useless book from the ill-famous Russian copy-paster Dec 27 2005
By Vitaliy Titov - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Another useless book from the ill-famous Russian copy-paster.

1) Author is not an expert in anything he writes about. His level of knowledge is close to one of a sophomore.

2) Book was unprofessionally translated from Russian, it's hard to read.

3) Morale and legal aspects of many pranks and tricks are questionable for an educated and law-obeying reader.
17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c354f18) out of 5 stars This is a great book Dec 15 2004
By Hoang Tran - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book all the examples are alot more interesting when compared to the many other programming books I have read. I think every C programmer must read it more than once, every single line is valuable.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c3549d8) out of 5 stars full of errors July 31 2005
By Radu State - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Do not buy this book. The positive reviewers do not have any other reviews on amazon -it really looks like self-reviewed by the author.

I've read this book, its full of mistakes. For instance, the authors says that TCP works by sending packages -- no comments, but for everybody else (beside the author) TCP works with segments. The list of mistakes is way to long. You should also note, that whenever a negative review is posted, a positive review (written by reviewers with no other reviews on amazon) follows. This book is very poor and a waste of money and time.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c175984) out of 5 stars intriguing challenges Sept. 24 2005
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book offers an alternative viewpoint on programming C++ under Microsoft's operating systems. It deliberately eshews a sober tone, in presenting programming challenges. Like making a window of an arbitrary shape, like the profile of a person. We are so used to rectangular windows that this hack can be hilarious to try and show to others.

Flenov gives a chapter on networking hacks. Imagine writing a server that, with simple extensions, could reboot its machine upon prompt by an external signal that comes in over the net. Or the server might send out passwords, based on that signal. Such a program is malware; a Trojan. Now Flenov does not actually take you that far. But he shows enough that a capable reader could extrapolate the short steps to the Trojan.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c354960) out of 5 stars very out of date - would be good in 1997 Sept. 8 2005
By A. Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Full of ancient little code nuggets - like how to make a non-rectangular window in Windows. The author even calls MFC "cutting edge." Give me a break. MFC is barely being maintained any more - it might have been cutting edge 10 years ago. I'd suggest passing on this one - unless you want to feel like you're in a time-machine back to the C++ of the last century.