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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Oracle Application Server 10g Web Development (Oracle Press)
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Chris Ostrowski, Bradley D. Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book on 10AS with the web

This is a much-needed title and Chris Ostrowski has done an excellent job in covering all of the topical areas of 10gAS web development.

The text is clear and easy-to-read and he has excellent real-world examples.

I espcially like the sections on deploying with J2EE and XML, and the discussion on using JDeveloper. This is an excellent companion book for the "Oracle Application Server 10g Administration Handbook", and overall, an excellent, well-written text.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Essential Guide to Telecommunications

This book is great for those people wanting to learn more about Telecommunications, but come into the process with very little prior knowledge. It provides a good overview of numerous topics. While, the book does not cover anything in great detail. Criticizing it for that reason misses the point. The book was not intended to be extremely technical, it is written for the non-technical reader, as well as the technical. I have referred it to others and have gotten great feedback from them. If you want a good overview of the entire Telecommunications environment, this book is excellent. It is a great starting point.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Good Book

I bought this book then Craig Hunt's DNS book. This book is better. I bought Craig's hoping it would be easier to read which it was but I found myself going back to O'Reillys time after time.
As are most Tech books, you will find this very dry and cumbersome unless you're already a DNS wiz. I was trying to learn DNS form scratch and neither of the books made it easy.
The first chapter of every Linux book needs to be some sort of a "Quick Start" just to get the server running. I am so tired of grudging through 3 or 4 chapters of unnecessary detail just to get something installed and working. Don't get me wrong. Detail is good but if your a Linux book author, simplify the install and configuration so we can get whatever it is working, then go into the detail.
Go ahead and get this one for DNS. You don't really have a choice.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Embedded Linux: Hardware, Software, and Interfacing
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Craig Hollabaugh
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A highly recommended reference for serious Linux programmers

Embedded Linux: Hardware, Software, And Interfacing by Linux computer expert Craig Hollabuagh is a straightforward, comprehensive guide to the development and use of interfacing applications on Linux. Individual chapters address how to boot Linux, debugging with gdb, parallel port interfacing, USB interfacing, memory I/O interfacing, synchronous serial communication interfacing, system integration and much more. Tips, tricks, techniques, tables and selections of code round out this useful, complete, highly recommended reference for serious Linux programmers.