I'm duplicating this post from another blog because this will probably be the coolest book to come out this year in digital forensics and is a must-have. The short version as to why the book is a must-have is "duh, it's Harlan's latest book...and Windows 8..."
I also think this is one of those books that if not pre-ordered, will have you waiting until it is reprinted due to being over-ordered. The X-Ways Practitioner's Guide was one of those books too, where late-comers had to wait weeks for the second printing. This book is no different, because just about all of the neat things in the book show just how much Harlan has discovered in some very neat areas of Windows 8.
One thing I learned about ordering books from Amazon, is that Amazon will pretty much match the lowest price found elsewhere. I also learned that with a pre-ordered book, you can cancel before the book is printed if you find a lower price somewhere else. The point is, pre-order the book or you may be waiting a month after everyone else gets their copy...it comes out in April '14 and I'd expect the second printing to be needed in April '14...
I have a detailed review of this book at http://winfe.wordpress.com. In short, it's a really good book and of all tools to choose for the research in the book, the authors picked X-Ways Forensics. But then, that should not come as any surprise.
There's still time to ask Santa to put this in your stocking...
You can tell that X-Ways Forensics has made it into the market when so many DFIR job requirements list X-Ways Forensics as one of the 'big 3' tools to know to apply.
For those that are tinkering with writing X-Tensions, the documentation at the x-ways.net site was just updated on Sept 27. Don't forget to send your x-tension to X-Ways to share with all of us, just like Mom told you when you were little.
So far, we've had a lot of positive feedback on the XWF Guide, so much so, that the second edition (should that happen) will have a few added things. Like...a companion CD with sample data and slidedecks for classroom use.
However, before a second edition is started, this edition has to first be outdated by updates in XWF.
The bad news on a second edition is that we wrote the book to cover XWF for some time to come even with the expected updates that occur every month or so. That means a second edition isn't likely until we see a major change in XWF.
The good news on a second edition is that we wrote the book to cover XWF for some time to come even with the expected updates that occur every month or so. That means this book will last you well into your expertise is solid with XWF.
For the college and university profs and instructors, we'd be glad to help review your slidedecks if you will be using the book in your course. Potentially, we may be able to create a set of slidedecks (with help from those teaching) to make available to any schools using XWF).
[caption id="attachment_343" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Do you teach XWF in your college class? We'd be happy to help your slidedecks with reviews and suggestions if you need.
Not to put on any pressure, but I've been informed the XWF Guide is planned for reprint due to the preorder demand. For those that preordered, that was a good idea, you may have your guide by now or it's in the mail. For those that were waiting for the book to come out first instead of preordering, you may want to hurry. I'm not sure how long it takes to reprint more books (that's like, beyond the guys that just type the words...). Then again, you could always wait for the next go around for reprints...
Amazon still looks to have the best price, but only a few copies left before they have to order more.