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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Device Drivers, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jonathan Corbet, Alessandro Rubini, Greg Kroah-Hartman
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Excellent at what it does; wish it did more.


"Linux Device Drivers" is of tremendous value to anyone writing, well, Linux device drivers. It explains very well the software interface between your driver and the OS. It presuposes a working knowlege of Unix OS concepts generally, but requires no familiarity with the internals of the Linux kernel. The programming specifics are adressed heavily: This is more a programming book than a textbook. All of the concepts are supported with demonstration code, and the complete source for all the modules discussed is available by ftp. The book also explains the hardware interaction aspects less well, but still suficiently. Some of this is an unavoidable consequence of the author's interest in cross-platform aplicability. I, for one, would have preferred more information.
All told, this is a wonderfull book, and I recommend it to anyone wishing to write drivers or intersted in how they are implemented.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Code Complete
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Steve McConnell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
For Every Programmer


Code Complete is a book for every beginner-intermediate level programmer. This book is for people serious about programming. This book is not based on syntask of any language but it more like tells you how to be a good programmer. It teaches you how to write better code. Steve McConnell has done a great job by compiling such enormous amounts of techniques, practices you can use to be a better programmer. Surely all of it has been compiled from years of experience. For a beginner it will be a huge leap towards being a professional. This book focses on code construction. The last few chapters tell us how our own character effects our code and how focusing on our personal character we can be better programmers. On the other side this book is about 800 pages long. It gets pretty dull and dry in the middle, but most of it is valuable stuff. It might be hard to finish the book but once you have you can give a pat on your own back for doing a great job.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mac OS X: The Missing Manual, Panther Edition
Publisher: Pogue Press
Authors: David Pogue
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Truly the missing manual


Macs are wonderful machines, but their ease of use can be deceptive. Most users can figure out how to do basic functions; but there is so much more that can be done with a little guidance.
Apple, however, provides little documentation - and the online Help files are of marginal value at best.
As a result, a good manual is pretty important to help you get the most out of your machine (and there is way more under the hood than most users realize). Pogue's Missing Manuals are beautifully written and easy to follow, and truly are the manuals that should have shipped in the box! Highly recommended!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: How Computers Work, Seventh Edition
Publisher: Que
Authors: Ron White, Timothy Edward Downs
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book


Excellent book. The software that accompanies the book is very enlightening. It is very enjoyable to watch. I couldn't quite understand how a transistor works. I wish the CD that comes with the book covered this topic.