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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Unix Systems Programming: Communication, Concurrency and Threads, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Kay Robbins, Steve Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
My eyes are open, my jaw has dropped


I happened upon this book (...) while researching System V Semaphores for a perlscript I was designing. I'd read the man pages and google'd about a bit, but still hadn't found anything to dispel the fog or give me confidence that I was heading in the right direction.
Then I found "Practical UNIX Programming", and called off the dogs. Entombed within this wonderful tome was the lucid explanation and insightful discussion I craved -- and <gasp> practical examples as well!
I would have been content to pay full-price for just chapter 8 and the fetching book spine. And yet I quickly found that every chapter was interesting and meaningful. I'd never had much interest in UNIX programming (as I fancy myself a pure Oracle/Java developer), but was immediately ensnared by the clear writing style and pithy content. I couldn't wait to finish the book.
Now that I've finished the book, I must admit I haven't found a novel so enjoyable since reading Robert Jordan's Shadow Rising. And in contrast to completing a book from the Wheel of Time series, this been an empowering experience. I'm eager to apply my newfound understanding and apply the knowledge gleaned.
So anyway, I'll end this long-winded missive with a big thank you to the authors for forging this gift to humanity.



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
The New Edition is Great


Well, it was a long wait, but the new third edition is great. Covers a couple of Linux distro's, FreeBSD, and your standard Unix platforms. More complete coverage of networking and security. More readable than the previous edition. Good for anyone with minimal Unix experience or those who have worked with it for years.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
SQL Condensed


This is an excellent reference that gets to the point and doesn't beat around the bush. Easily understandable.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The bible of BIND


I work as DNS Administrator for a ccTLD registry. I bought the second edition and my company has the third edition. We use it over and over to solve common problems, and prepare instruction for other people. It is the first book to understand some internals and behavior.