I have bought the book before christmas and read through it within 4 days. I liked it very much.
While this book doesn’t make you a programming “pro” in all the various languages (this is not the intention of the book) it gives you quite some ideas (and examples!) on how to apply different programming languages within a pentest context. For me as a programming noob who worked through different basic tutorials in all the mentioned languages (python, perl, ruby, php, …) it was a real benefit. It gives you various new ideas for own projects.
Here some more brief notes:
(please be aware, someone with a different background might see it totally different … so you have to buy a copy of the book and judge for yourself. I at least recommend it to people who want to learn more about scripting in pentest context.
* I felt the beginning of the python part was pretty basic, would have loved to read more about scapy at the end .
* I kinda found the chapter on “exploitation scripting” quite hard. But I guess this is due to the fact that I haven’t had much contact with assembler…yet (it’s on my toDo list …).
*liked the perl, bash part
Anyways, a big thanks to the authors! I also wasn't aware that the authors are here on EH-net.
conclusion = buy !