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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
If you need an introduction to Unix administration...


...then you can't do too much better than this book.
Yes, it's a bit dated, and it is very introductory and therefore can't go into too much depth, but if you're just starting out as a Unix administrator, this is still an excellent book to have.
You may also want to check out the "Unix System Administration Handbook" by Nemeth, et al, since the later editions are more up-to-date, but Nemeth starts out at a somewhat deeper level than Frisch assumes, and may be more difficult for brand-new Unix administrators to get started with.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic .NET Complete
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Sybex Inc.
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Keep looking.


This book says too little about so much. Save your money and buy a real book not a promo type book for other books.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Enterprise JavaBeans, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Richard Monson-Haefel, Bill Burke, Sacha Labourey
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Awesome introduction to ejb


I've read a few EJB books (and a lot other books and manuals.) They are no comparison to this book! While other EJB books are loaded with buzz words, this book uses the precise language that a programmer can understand.
For example, no other book explains exactly what ejbPostCreate() can do that ejbCreate() cannot; no other book clearly explains the dynamics among the home object, the remote object and the bean instance; and no other book clearly shows the difference of lifecycle among different EJBs.
When I read this book, everything is spelled out in precise terms. I don't need to read in-between the lines to guess what the author is trying to say.
This book is superb! My hats off to the author Richard Monson-Haefel!



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Cascading Style Sheets: The Definitive Guide, 2nd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Eric A. Meyer
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Annoyingly Bad


The author seems more interested in displaying his extremely limited "sense of humor" than discussing the topics. Also, just a quick glance through the book shows me that the fellow knows next to nothing about typography, which I consider to be a drawback when dealing with a technology that, in part, deals with typography.
Mostly, I was annoyed by Meyer's "this is the way things should be" attitude. I work with programmers and technical people everyday; they all seem to have the same techno-fascist attitude, and I find it infuriating.
Overall, this book is a bad addition to the otherwise generally good O'Reilly family of references.