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Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating Systems (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, David R. Choffnes
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Classic concepts


I'm a student and currently studying Concurrent Systems (in an IT Degree at Charles Sturt University in Australia) and have been reading Jean Bacon's 1998 text "Concurrent Systems".
I discovered an "old" book at work called "An Introduction to Operating Systems" by Harvey M. Deitel, revised First Edition 1984. Much of the information on processes, asynchronous concurrent processes, monitors, semaphores & deadlock were all still current and I found some of the text easier to absorb.
Obviously the case studies where out of date, but the concepts remian solid. In a field that changes so rapidly and texts date, this has remained useful.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Chartjunk


No one should be permitted to touch the chart or graph button in a spreadsheet program without first reading the VDQI chapter on Chartjunk. Anyone who creates a 3d chart after reading the chapter needs to read it again



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Server+ Study Guide
Publisher: Sybex Inc
Authors: Brad Hryhoruk, Diana Bartley, Quentin Docter
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Pick this book up if you need more resources...


I can only feel sorry for users of the 1st edition, because this 2nd edition is bad. The chapter material is all over the place, chapter questions are short sighted, and the available answers to chapter questions are frequently wrong or short sighted also. The only reason I didn't give it 2 thumbs down is because it was an improvement over the Microsoft A+ book which started my CompTIA certification effort. I recommend the "All In One" series whenever available.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: An Embedded Software Primer
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: David E. Simon
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Exactly what it promises to be


The book is well organized, clearly written and full of real code examples. It addresses the common and not-so-common pitfalls, and you can tell it has been written by a "seasoned" engineer. The coverage on RTOS's is excellent.