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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning UNIX Operating System, Fifth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Jerry Peek, Grace Todino-Gonguet, John Strang
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
"An Excellent Textbook"

I teach basic UNIX for my company and this small book is the text that I use for my students. UNIX for the most part is overwhelming to the beginner and the style of this book (and most all Nutshell books for that matter) are excellent in their presentation and practicality.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Book Is Terrible--Poorly Written and Not Well Organized

If you are looking for a discussion of Win98 or Win95 or any modern operating system you won't find it in this book. Most concepts are presented clearly. However the authors prefer to use Pascal which is a real detriment to understanding. This was probably a good book when it was written but it is now seriously outdated.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Planning Extreme Programming
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Kent Beck, Martin Fowler
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent book

This book is very valuable if you already started to practice Extreme Programming. It contains a very encouraging foreword by Tom DeMarco. The first nine chapters are introductory, and you may skip them if you read the XP Manifesto "Extreme Programming Explained" by Kent Beck. Chapters from ten to twenty three contain valuable information not found in any other XP-related book.
- How exactly to plan releases? What if frequent releases aren't appropriate and marketing demands to release once a year?
- How exactly to write user stories, and how to handle them? Although the reader may find some sample stories in "Extreme Programming Installed" by Ron Jeffries, Ann Anderson and Chet Hendrickson, the stories in the "Planning Extreme Programming" are used as core elements in the whole planning process, shown as example.
- How exactly to build the iteration plan and the release plan? How to track an iteration?
I would also like to recommend "Extreme Programming Applied: Playing to Win" by Ken Auer, Roy Miller, Ward Cunningham. I think this is the most practical book on XP ever written.
I would also like to recommend the titles about individual XP aspects:- Design Improvement: "Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code " by Martin Fowler;- Test-Driven Development: "Test Driven Development: By Example " by Kent Beck;- Sustainable Pace: "Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency" by Tom DeMarco;- Pair Programming: "Pair Programming Illuminated" by Laurie Williams and Robert Kessler;- Whole Team: "Agile Software Development" by Alistair Cockburn;- Planning Game: "Planning Extreme Programming" by Kent Beck, Martin Fowler;- Small Releases: "Software Project Survival Guide" by Steve C McConnell.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Windows NT Shell Scripting
Publisher: Pearson Education
Authors: Timothy Hill
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Buy this Book

This book has saved me and my staff from HOURS of repetitive tasks! It boggles the mind to think that you can go all the way through the Microsoft training for MCSE and learn NOTHING about scripting. Windows NT Shell Scripting made up for the gap in my education. I recommend this one highly along with Dino Esposito's Windows Script Host Programmer's Reference to make your administration tasks bearable.