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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Authors: Richard Phillips Feynman
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A True Teacher does it Again and Again


A beautiful part of physics is conveyed without having to learn some rather deep mathematics. Feynman is one of the wonders in using diagrams to explain difficult things. This book shows how. It is captured from lectures and has a friendly feel as he talks up to his audience.
I found this book an inspiration later when trying to convey some electromagnetic ideas to someone without the math background. The diagramming techniques work well. Without Feynman and this book I may have given up. But if he can explain QED to mere mortals, certainly more of us can convey difficult concepts (far less difficult than QED) to educated adults.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Apache Web Server Administration, Second Edition (Craig Hunt Linux Library)
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Charles Aulds
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
excellent book


Includes a handy chapter on HTML exchanges between server and browsers that will help sysadmins thrust into a Web server admin role.
The book is clearly and professionally written, and contains excellent descriptions of the various configuration directives, with special attention paid to configuring multiple virtual sites on a single server.
There is ample documentation on compiling Apache from source code. I'm sure that many new web administrators will not find this portion of the book necessary, given the now-ubiquitous availability of pre-compiled binaries in most Linux distributions, but it is nice to have the info as a reference.
My sole complaint, which I also have with the other two Apache manuals I have read to date, is that after the first few chapters the books tend to get mired down in a line-by-line explanation of configuration directives. It would be much more valuable to system administrators new to Apache to have a few more process-oriented chapters. In other words, chapters which read "If you want to achieve x outcome, set y and z directives in the following manner, and this is why it works that way" are much more valuable to the new Apache admin with limited time on his/her hands than the more general "This is what directives x, y, and z do."
Perhaps this complaint is really simply a problem with determining the target audience, which is spectacularly difficult to do online with these books, given the marketing hyperbole that serves as book descriptions - we'd all be better served by a Table of Contents on the description page.
In any case, I heartily recommend the book as a desk reference for Apache configuration, especially if you need to run multiple sites on a single server, with the proviso that new Apache admins should look elsewhere for a more basic manual as well.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Active Server Pages 3.0 (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: David Buser, John Kauffman, Juan T. Llibre, Brian Francis, Dave Sussman, Chris Ullman, Jon Duckett
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Wrox, You've Done It Again!


I would like to strongly recommend this book to anyone who is need of a crash course on developing solutions with ASP 3.0. I recently was lucky enough to obtain a consultant position that will be using this technology daily. Given my background in VB, VBA, ADO, etc., I needed to get up to speed on Internet solutions as well. This book proved to be a great resource in my ASP development. While this book is more for beginners of ASP, it doesn't stay "high level" throughout, and in fact, you will learn techniques that will surely come in handy in your career. The reading is easy, not to mention that I read the entire thing in less than a week. Just couldn't put it down. I am moving on to the Professional edit next. Thanks again Wrox!



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: CCNP Self-Study : Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN) (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Cisco Press
Authors: Richard Froom, Balaji Sivasubramanian, Erum Frahim
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
GREAT MANUSCRIPT


This is a great resource. It certainly helps for preparation for Cisco certs (not only the CCNP, but also the CCIE).