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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 book for DNS admins

This is one of the classical O'Reilly books with which O'Reilly got it's status of "you need to have this book". With this book it was easy to set up a domain name server on linux in no time. It goes very deep into details of DNS and BIND, so that one can probably handle DNS whithout other books. The chapters of the book are: 1.) Background, 2.) How Does DNS Work?, 3.) Where Do I Start?, 4.) Setting Up BIND, 5.) DNS and Electronic Mail, 6.) Configuring Hosts, 7.) Maintaining BIND, 8.) Growing Your Domain, 9.) Parenting, 10.) Advanced Features and Security, 11.) nslookup, 12.) Reading BIND Debugging Output, 13.) Troubleshooting DNS and BIND, 14.) Programming with the Resolver and Name Server Library Routines, 15.) Miscellaneous and F Appendices.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Mastering Enterprise JavaBeans, 3rd Edition
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Ed Roman, Rima Patel Sriganesh, Gerald Brose
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Hardcore Enterprise Java Beans...

I browsed through various books on EJB's, and as expected, they all contain the same concepts and diagrams, as they are all based on the same J2EE specs; while some of them delved into the intricacies of a certain Application Servers(BEA's or IBM's), and other were Application Server independant, this book STANDS OUT between all of them.
This is a "HARDCORE" book on EJB's, it goes into the deepest details regarding EJB design like Clustering and Transaction issues while avoiding the pitfall of detailing a certain Application Server.It also has great introductory tutorials on other EJB issues like JNDI and CORBA-IIOP, where other books seem to fall short.
The other subject I found especially helpful was the best practices section, this shows that the authors have "on-hands" knowledge of builing EJB Systems, and gives you some incite on difficult to grasp concepts.
All in all, this book is centered on "the issues", not the hype or Application Server.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft ASP.NET Step by Step
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: G. Andrew Duthie
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Well written, great overview

In a nutshell, I thoroughly enjoyed reading ASPNETSbS. This was not the first .NET book that I've read, but it was the first book that left me feeling as though I had a strong grasp of the ASP.NET technology as a whole, and how I could apply many aspects of it to delivering commercial-grade applications.
As the title suggests, this book is designed to appeal to readers with varying levels ( steps ) of understanding regarding the .NET technologies; this does not mean, however, that the book is either too light or too heavy. I would rather suggest that it offers an extremely balanced overview of the various pieces that, together, form ASP.NET.
At a personal level, I especially enjoyed the exhaustive journey toward understanding the relationships that exist between the Machine.config, the Web.config and the actual web application itself; from my point-of-view, this was the first book to deliver a *full* overview of those parts of an ASP.NET application.
Of course, all of the regular ASP.NET goodies make an appearance, including: authentication, validation, web controls and ADO.NET.
The section on creating custom controls and using inheritance to extend existing controls was very clear and concise. Good attention was given to explaining the structure of the major classes such as the Control and Page classes. The book more than adequately explains the event model of the Page class, along with its properties, methods and the objects that it contains.
The book mostly uses VB.NET for code samples although C# is shown where there are significant differences between the two. Having said that, this is not a book that is language heavy, because there is a much greater emphasis on the actual Framework components themselves.
There are two fairly light sections on WebServices and debugging, which, while not providing a thoroughly detailed examination of the two, certainly explained enough to make it clear where to head for further inspection.
All-in-all, if - like me - you make your living delivering web applications, I think that you should take a read of this book, if for no other reason than to confirm that you *DO* have an thorough grasp of all the topics that it has to offer.
I feel confident in saying that, if you do choose to read this book, then you won't regret the excercise!
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o covered many aspects o organised in logical steps o spoke about surrounding tools such as VS.NET o book has its own newsgroup...

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Lots of breadth!

This book has a lot of interesting topics, including interprocess communication. I felt that the authors gave you a great introduction to these topics and enough information to find the correct man pages and what to look for in purchasing further references.
I found this book to be a great help to me in my use of Linux, and also for programming tasks. I was already an intermediate user and beginning programmer and it has helped me become a better programmer.
The only problem is you will want to learn more and drop lots of money on follow up reading.