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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Essential System Administration, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Æleen Frisch
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Buy it and don't lend it to anyone!

Given that the System Admin topics can make for a 3000 page manual, this book does a great job of touching upon most aspects of SA within its page limit. This is greatly helpful when you do not wannt to waste time wading thru pages.
Room for improvement - some more verbage can be reduced, and some more commands in action can be introduced. The book is light on commands associated with networking that SA's would have to be good with. Similarly, disk management commands and disk array commands are becoming indispensable for SA's.
Great piece of work!

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
OK, but not enough

A third of the items on the actual test are not covered in this book. You will need MSDN and Transcender to pass this exam. Good examples. Fast paced book, especially due to the fact that you skip a lot of pages that are specific to C#. The other book (Upgrading VB6 to VB.Net) is not necessary to pass the exam. Good Luck.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Java 2 for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Barry Burd
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Nope... that's not it.....

Didn't work for me. The examples were ok but explaining the theory was not clear enough for me... unfortunately, I haven't been able to find any better book out there.... many on the same level as this but nothing that explains it simplistically.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning Perl, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A great introduction

This book is aimed at Perl novices and sys admins who need to get up to speed quickly. As with most O'Reilly books I found the authors know thier stuff and the book was well edited.
The book contains enough info to allow you to script most sys admin tasks, and has the benefit of being short and therefore easy to carry, but once you get a taste of Perl's power you will no doubt want to get the "camel" (programming perl), which is more comprehensive.