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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Programming by Example : The Fundamentals
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Linux Fundamentals


Don't judge a book by it's cover, especially this cover, with the cheesy lightsaber which screams, "secrets of the Unix Jedi". Read the the lines, "Linux" and "Fundamentals" on the cover, and that is what you need to know.
If you are familiar with the classic "Advanced Unix Programming" you will be familiar with what this book covers and appreciative of the update. In short, this book covers the fundamentals of shell programming with C; files, directories, signals, memory allocation, process control, permissions, that sort of thing. It does not cover network programming or X11 GUI programming.
What I liked about it was primarily that it imparted experience. For example the section on creating temporary files pointed out both good and bad ways to write the same functionality. The text was expository and informative. Where Advanced Unix Programming was a little dry and stiff in tone, this book is a little heftier, goes into more detail, and is written in a more experiential and friendly manner.
There is a lot to like about this book. If the subject, within it's constraints, interests you, then you should get it. If only to broaden your depth of understanding as to how Unix works and how to write programs for it. If you are looking for books on network programming, xml, multi-threading, web serving, or X11, you should look elsewhere, but you should probably still look at this book to bone up on 'Linux' 'Fundamentals'.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix Power Tools, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Shelley Powers, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
a great intro to text and file processing in unix...


I continue to learn from this book. It has a really useful review of text and file processing, including a detailed description of 'find'. I like the way it is organized with lots of short sections with plenty references to other sections - sort of paper-based hyperlinking. In my opinion, many of the tools described have been replaced in everyday use by perl commands, so a new version describing the equivalent perl commands would be useful.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Teach Yourself Visually HTML
Publisher: Visual
Authors: Ruth Maran
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
I love this book.


Using this book is as simple as flipping through its pages to find a picture of the effect you want and then following the script below the picture while adding your own personal information in the blanks. It is very complete and very helpful, especially for a beginner who needs to do a web page, but will not do a lot of web pages day in and day out.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Core Servlets and JavaServer Pages, Vol. 1: Core Technologies, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Marty Hall, Larry Brown
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A excellent book


I have tried some Servlets/JSP programs, this book gives me a lot of guidelines and tricks. Also, the book is easy for reader to locate the topic, the section explanation is brief and precise. Get it with you ASAP!!