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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Carla Schroder
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
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I don't need this book. Actually I do. what I really mean is, I did need this book. O'Reilly's Linux Cookbook covers all the issues I tackled as I set up my first Linux server. Installing packages, handling users and groups, Apache, upgrading the kernel. All of these topics and others I don't know I need yet, are covered here. To solve these issues without the Linux CookBook required several books, many Google searches and the eventual bribery of Max, a friend of a friend and Linux guru who came to my rescue.

At the moment my server works fine. Everything is up-to-date .... and seems to work. This situation cannot last, and I'm glad the Linux CookBook is available.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Larry Wall, Tom Christiansen, Jon Orwant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best in PERL

I've seen many (and owned some) other Perl books, and they don't even compete with this one. Don't even consider other Perl books, except perhaps other Perl books in the O'Reilly line.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Data Modeler's Workbench: Tools and Techniques for Analysis and Design
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Steve Hoberman
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
A real farse.

I read the other reviews and thought wow, a good source of knowledge. Instead I got a book full of ridiculous "so called tools" to help in defining the data model. Meta Data Bingo? If I sent mail out as suggested in the book to play this sort of game I think I would lose all credibility with my peers. This book just does not add any value unless you are a complete idiot. Actually the only value add is $54 to the author. A real waste!

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Professional Eclipse 3 for Java Developers
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Berthold Daum
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
This book has really helped me

I'm no Java jock, though I have done small projects in it and know it enough to be a Java fan. I downloaded Eclipse and almost immediately was confused by the discrepancies in the tutorial with what I was seeing on the screen, so I bought this book. The introductory chapter alone was enough to give me a broad perspective on where I could go with Eclipse (and SWT and JFace), and the first couple of chapters got me started to the extent where I could easily proceed with my new project, run Junit tests within Eclipse, etc.

I think it's a fine book so far, for a person who already knows the basics of Java but doesn't need to be an expert. I find the whole Eclipse thing to be tremendously exciting, actually.