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Hackish C++ Pranks and Tricks Paperback – 1 Nov 2004

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: A-List; Pap/Cdr edition (1 Nov. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931769389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931769389
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 1.6 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,271,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Dunn on 11 Jun. 2007
Format: Paperback
This book avoids any malicious code for system cracking and is very critical of destructive hacking or cracking while at the same time embracing harmless hacking, network programming and prank programs.

It's not a book for the complete beginner. There are no instructions on programming structure and style, object-orientation or coding conventions and the author assumes you're unafraid of C++ and happy to dive straight in and learn by doing.

There's advice on Windows programming, network programming and interacting with hardware along with general advice on code optimisation. You can learn plenty of new stuff about getting windows from different applications to interact or communicating with networked machines.

Some of the pranks and jokes, like a moving 'Start' button or random reordering of windows are instructive and provide a good understanding of how to program for Windows, but it should be accompanied by a word of warning. Anyone trying this sort of thing at work could find themselves violating a company's policy for acceptable IT usage which is more likely to involve a disciplinary hearing than the few chortles and slaps on the back that the author seems to expect.

The book makes the assumption that you're using .Net and there are projects that won't compile with Visual C++ V6.0 or older. While the book is highly enjoyable and provides some very interesting code to use and experiment with I did come across occasional problems in the code, both in the text and on the CD. A couple of applications needed changes in order to run and the projects had .proj rather than .dsp or .dsw files, requiring any reader using a pre .net version of Visual C++ to create the project, and then copy the code.

I've got the feeling I learned more than I would have done by fixing these problems, but this could be off-putting for the less experienced.
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Amazon.com: 18 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Another useless book from the ill-famous Russian copy-paster 28 Dec. 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
This is a great book 15 Dec. 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
full of errors 31 July 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
intriguing challenges 25 Sept. 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
very out of date - would be good in 1997 9 Sept. 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.
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