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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Simply the best, too bad no place for 6th star.


This is simply the best book that teaches you about Unix system level programming. Almost all system calls are explained in great details along with very comprehensible examples. The author made a claim that this book is not a mere repetition of Unix Programmer's Manual as the manual lacks logic and examples which this book provides. I think he really lived up to that claim.
Many difficult topics are made so easy to grasp, sometimes I think this book should be retitled "Advanced Unix Programming Made Easy". The explanation are smooth with pointers to previously discussed concepts just in case you're lost. Each chapter comes with a number of exercises to try your understanding of the chapter, and most of the answers are available in the appendix of the book so this book is also great for self-learners. Before reading this book, I have read "Advanced Unix Programming" by Marc J. Rochkind, and I was confused by many things the guy said in the book plus the code is pretty outdated already and this book just filled in the gaps I had.
The explanation is not geared towards any flavor of Unix, but pretty much all the mainstream Unix flavors such as BSD, SVR4, etc. So that gives a pretty wide horizon of view into Unix in general. I'm personally very impressed with his explanations on signal concept and concurrency controls.
This book will provide a solid background for anyone wishing to become Unix/Linux kernel hacker. An investment worth every penny. Beware though, you must have a solid C programming background if you want to reap the maximum benefit out of this book. I found out that it's also a good idea to have K&R "C Programming Language" book around just in case you got confused with pointers, arrays and friends. This guy knows exactly what he is talking about and he expects you to know enough to understand him.



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
Learning BIND & DNS as clearly as possible


I am a netadmin who works in NT. We are going to Linux in bits and pieces and one peice is DNS. I'm picking up where my boss left off and I needed some strong basics, clear examples and a good reference point. This book is all of those things (other than the fact they forget to mention what file they are referring to from time to time). I'm reading the book cover to cover and I'm half way through. I jump ahead when I need to, but always come back to following the chapter outine.

I have gained such a knowlege of BIND and a better understanding of DNS and I owe it to this book. O'Reilly does a great job with it's tech books and I am a fan.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Designing Web Usability : The Practice of Simplicity
Publisher: New Riders Press
Authors: Jakob Nielsen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-read for anyone involved with site design!


Creating Web sites that truly meet the needs and expectations of a wide range of online users is the core question and main topic of the book. It is not a book on how to program in HTML.
The book is packed with annotated examples of actual Web sites, and discussions of Web usability regarding page, content, site, and intranet design.
The book skillfully clarifies for the reader the many subtle challenges that are often mixed together in other discussions. For example, the requirements of viewing pages on varying monitor sizes separately from writing concise text for scanability. The book includes survey results on sizes of screens, types of queries submitted to search portals, response times by connection type.
It goes into detail of cross-platform design, response time considerations, and writing for the Web, multimedia implementation, navigation strategies, search boxes, corporate intranet design, and accessibility for disabled users, international considerations, and future predictions. If you follow the books instructions carefully you will be rewarded with faster Web projects and satisfied Web customers.
A must-read for anyone involved with site design!
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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop: The Basics of ArcView, ArcEditor, and ArcInfo Updated for ArcGIS 9 (Getting to Know series)
Publisher: Esri Press
Authors: Robert Burke, Eileen Napoleon, Tim Ormsby
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Includes old version of ArcGIS



The tutorials are a bit weak, especially if you already know something about ArcGIS 8.x and are hoping to learn some more.
My biggest complaint is the out of date Arc software you get, and a 30 day extensions trial demo is not long enough.
I also noticed ESRI is totally embracing MicroSoft: right down to the cover color scheme of the book matching the XP upgrade box graphics. Maybe thats why the first couple incarnations of 8.x are so bad.