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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Novell's Guide to Troubleshooting eDirectory
Publisher: Novell Press
Authors: Peter Kuo, Jim Henderson
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Critical reference for eDirectory administrators

One of the greatest things about Novell is the eDirectory and how beautifully it ties all the rights, security, users, resources, and everything else into an easy to use interface. With everything contained in this one database it also becomes critical that it always be in good health.

"Novell's Guide to Troubleshooting eDirectory" is the definitive guide to fixing and maintaining the eDirectory. The book does assume the reader knows the basics of eDirectory and so does not cover things like installation, adding users, setting up printing, etc. It is not a book about setting up eDirectory but about troubleshooting and maintaining it.

The authors delved deep into the eDirectory structure and syntax as they explain exactly how it works, LDAP extensions supported, as well as the error codes and what they mean. They also detail how to understand the results from the diagnosing and repairing tools that come with Novell such as DSRepair, DSTrace, DSBrowse, and iMonitor. With complete information on objects, classes, and attributes this is an exhaustive volume for a through understanding of the eDirectory.

"Novell's Guide to Troubleshooting eDirectory" should be on the bookshelf of every Novell administrator or anyone who wants to program, read, or otherwise access the eDirectory in a direct manner. For the power users of the eDirectory this should be considered a required reference to be kept close at hand.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: HTML 4 for Dummies, Fourth Edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ed Tittel, Natanya Pitts, Ed Tittel
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Mixed Emotions about this book.

A great book for beginners, lots of ideas & samples. I learned so much from this, it would be easier to do a new page than make additions to the exsisting one.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
A Minimalist Opinion

This book reminded me of my college days in that it is an essay advocating one approach to creating graphs and charts. The author has essentially one point he is making--to eliminate or minimize absolutely all ink that you can. Because Tufte takes this to the extreme, I see this book not as a standard how-to guide but as one person's OPINION on how to construct graphs.

While Tufte's mantra can be helpful, I found him to be rather single-minded, to the point that some of what he is doing is degrading, not improving, the graph. For instance, in a line or scatter graph he says we should eliminate parts of the x- and y- axes, in particular the stretch from the 0,0 point to wherever the first bit of data is plotted. I have a problem with this because one of the ways to create deceptive graphs is not to start your origin point at 0,0.

Tufte also writes from the standpoint of the scientific community. His minimalist approach may work very well for scientific and statistical uses, but not all graphs are created for those purposes. Sometimes we create graphs as marketing tools, and Tufte's one-size-fits-all principle just doesn't work here. For instance, a bar chart which shows a potential mutual fund investor that all funds from financial company X had a return of at least 110% or more. According to Tufte having a solid bar is not necessary, we should only make a line and top it off with a horizontal tick mark, producing something like a capital "T" or an upside-down capital "L." But if I'm in marketing I want to emphasize a long, vertical stretch of line because this is symbolic of product the customer may receive if they invest. The customer would notice a solid bar more than a single line.

If you want a practical how-to book, this is probably not for you. Myself, I was happy that I borrowed this book from the library rather than bought it. It's rather simple reading, and the useful points Tufte does bring out are more common sense than anything else. If you still want to read it, it's probably best to do so after reading more basic graph design books.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Perl Cookbook, Second Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Tom Christiansen, Nathan Torkington
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
go with programming perl instead

I have seen lots Perl books and documentations, but this one very helpful when you really coding Perl. It has practical problems solved and discussed.
It only lacks detailed matter on CGI-Perl.