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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Modern Operating Systems (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Andrew Tanenbaum
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book for Up-to-date OS

This textbook was the reccomended text for my operating systems course in college. Since I didn't show up for many of the classes (too much homework, too little time...), I've learned most of the material from this book, and it proved to be more than enough - both for doing the exercises (which were considered to be the hardest ones required for our degree), and for passing the final. I had a VERY easy time understanding the material, and applying it in whatever task I was doing.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Protocols (TCP/IP Illustrated, Volume 1)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: W. Richard Stevens
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Good book all around

TCP/IP Illustrated: Volume 1 is an excellent resource that is nothing short of amazing. It provides an outstanding amount of accurate and concise technical information that can lead to a well educated understanding of IP.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes, Third Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Ben Forta
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
As simple as it sounds

This is a thin reference book, actually. The name is somewhat misleading in that there are no exercises generally associated with "Teach yourself X in Y time" type books. Although I don't work extensively with databases, it's a good reference book to recall how to structure queries in a manner that's simple and straightforward.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: CSS Cookbook
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Christopher Schmitt
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Find the complete answer and instructions fast

If you do any programming at all you soon learn of the immense value of programming cookbooks. This particular one came at a good time for me as I was trying to figure out how to create a particular effect for a web page and knew that it could be done with a cascading style sheet. A quick turn to the correct page and the code was right there along with an explanation of how it works. Twenty minutes later it was completely coded and working correctly.

The author lists many common problems and for each of them provides a problem definition, a solution, and a discussion. For many of the problems the author also includes a "See Also" section that points you to further reading. With so many problems and solutions it is important to organize them in a way so they can be located quickly. To achieve this goal the book is divided into ten distinct sections. These sections are: Web Typography, Page Elements, Links and Navigation, Lists, Forms, Tables, Page Layouts, Print, Hacks and Workarounds, and Designing with CSS. A top quality cookbook title from O'Reilly Media, CSS Cookbook is a highly recommended read for anyone working with web pages and cascading style sheets.