Two HP Labs researchers have published new technical books,
the first exploring the most widely used build tool for Java
projects and the second, a guide to implementing strong security
in real-world applications.
Java Development with Ant (Manning Publications Co.)
provides a guide to creative uses for Ant, emphasizing such
basic concepts needed to effectively use the tool as Ant's
XML-driven build process.
Now in its third edition (and recently translated into Korean)
the book leads readers through the process of compiling, testing,
packaging and deploying an application. The book was recently
chose as a finalist for a JavaWorld magazine Editors'
The book's authors are Steve Loughran, a scientist on sabbatical
from HP Labs who is now working on future products for HP
Corvallis, Ore., and Erik Hatcher, an Ant committer. Loughran
is known in the open source community as a contributor to
the Ant and Axis projects. (Axis is the latest Apache SOAP
Separately, Researcher Wenbo Mao has published Modern
Cryptography: Theory & Practice (Prentice Hall PTR,
HP Books), a practical guide to building more secure crypto
The book uses real-world scenario attacks to demonstrate
why "textbook" crypto schemes, protocols and systems
are vulnerable. In addition, it shows how to develop cryptographic
systems and protocols that are truly "fit for application"
and establish their strong security with formal
Mao, a leading security expert and scientist in the Trusted
Systems Lab, leads HP's participation and research activities
in Computer Aided Soutions to Secure Electronic Commerce Transactions
(CASENET), a project funded by the European Union.
Mao's research interests include cryptography, computer secruity
and formal methods. He is a member of the International Association
for Cryptographic Research (IACR), the IEEE and the British
by Jamie Beckett