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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: DNS and BIND, Fourth Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Paul Albitz, Cricket Liu
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
This is okay... nothing exciting.

I've you've used BIND much at all and are familair with DNS and how it works a little, and have just read the install, readme, etc. files, you probably won't get much out of this book. BIND has a lot of options and there's a lot to discuss, but this book just covered a lot of basics over a lot of pages. It may be a good source for learning, but I wasn't reading it to learn from start.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Absolute OpenBSD: UNIX for the Practical Paranoid
Publisher: No Starch Press
Authors: Michael W. Lucas
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
great for users familiar with Linux/BSD

Just reading the Absolute OpenBSD book really isn't enough to learn a lot of the aspects of the OpenBSD operating system, but the book definitely gives you a great reference and information to fall back on when learning how to use OpenBSD or learning something new about it. For me it really wasn't the learning the feel of Linux/BSD that gave me some trouble in OpenBSD since being familiar with Slackware Linux helps out for learning the feel, but it was mainly just some of the major differences between them such as PF vs. IPTables for example. This book helped me get past the learning curve of starting the OpenBSD, and in the end the servers of mine running the OS seen an improvement all around in getting things done. I doubt by just reading this book that a user could know OpenBSD inside and out without prior GNU/Linux or BSD familiarization, but the book does a good job at going over the OpenBSD operating system and it's security features/advantages along with going into detail about just about anything pertaining to this extremely secure and locked down operating system, also will allow even veteran OpenBSD users to possibly learn something new.

The last great thing about this book is that it's fairly up to date, but did leave one thing out that I would have liked to seen in the book; the CARP system that is new since OpenBSD 3.5. But I guess since CARP just came around since 3.5, it's understandable that it wasn't really covered in this book. All in all I would recommend this book to anybody with GNU/Linux or BSD experience and looking to expand their knowledge into OpenBSD, but for newer users of this type of system I would recommend also seeking more information from the OpenBSD manual pages or have a OpenBSD machine on hand for trying things while you read through the book.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
somebody forgot about visual studio.net!

I am not attempting to exaggerate to make a point when i say this book is thusfar not only the best book on ASP.NET but it is the best and most comprehensive book I've ever read on a web development topic (and I've read many from many different publishers on php, coldfusion, asp, SQL, etc...)
This book is just too too comprehensive. The author covers nearly every topic you can think of. And what really makes this book so good is that no time is wasted in long drawn out explanations. Out of all the 1500 pages, there is code and examples on each. This is the way to make a computer book since its not a iterary topic.
The book is like topic, examples; topic, examples, topic examples one after the other. The author explains just enough for the reader to understand the code which makes the book so useful and an efficient read.
I am an experienced web developer that wanted to get into ASP.NET. This was my first ASP.NET book. Since it, I've purchased and read 2 other asp.net books to see if I needed any more. After finishing this book, other books seriously look like jokes compared to this one. Looking at other asp.net books, they don't contain 1/15th of the information covered in this book and that is an understatement.
If you are pretty good at any web programming language this will be the ONLY book you need to learn ASP.NET. Only if you have no experience would I say that this may be too much for you.
Lastly, I wanted to thank the author. It is very rare to see an author dedicate so much of his time and knowledge to one book. A lot of people just want to get their books published. Any web developer or author will know that this book must've taken really long to complete. On top of it all, there arent many inconsistencies for a book this large.
Everything you care to know about ASP.NET is in this book (basics, ado.net, data binding, web services, xml issues, mobile issues, custom controls, graphics on the fly, validation,...more) plus an e-commerce and job site. The only thing missing that you may want is a little primer on VB.NET syntax.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced CORBA(R) Programming with C++
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Michi Henning, Steve Vinoski
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Advance CORBA with C++

Good book. Worth the money. There is a a lot of material here and it is pretty well organized. Some of the examples assume to much - they would be better if they showed complete code segements. If you needed to get one book on C++ and CORBA, this would be the one.