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August 2003

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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' Choice Award.

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 toolkit).

Separately, Researcher Wenbo Mao has published Modern Cryptography: Theory & Practice (Prentice Hall PTR, HP Books), a practical guide to building more secure crypto systems.

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 Computer Society.


by Jamie Beckett

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