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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Linux Programming (Programmer to Programmer)
Publisher: Wrox
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew, Alan Cox
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very Cool Linux Coding Book


I recommend this book to those who know how to code in some language(s) but are moving to the Linux platform. Various technologies and languages are described with code examples in all cases. C lanugage is the emphasis but intros to shell, perl, and tcl/tk are given as well.
The book is a clearly written survey that will get you writing all kinds of code on the linux platform.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Sams Teach Yourself PHP, MySQL and Apache in 24 Hours
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Julie C. Meloni
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
Not Enough apache


If you are new to webservers and are trying to set yourself a windows Apache server, do not - I mean do not buy this book. It skims through the APACHE examples and gives very little assistance. It does not separate Windows from Linux so you can clearly follow what it is that you are supposed to do. It is out of date on downloading from the Apache website and leaves you with no idea if you have downloaded the correct version or not. I installed/uninstalled Apache and read the chapter many times in the hopes that had missed something. I never got it to work. I will be trying to return it although I opened the CD as a last resort and still did not find the assistance that I seeked. I am very disappointed with SAMS for allowing this book to be published. More resources should go into getting APACHE up and running. The troubleshooting is a joke - it assumes many things for a beginner.



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: The Unified Modeling Language User Guide
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, Ivar Jacobson
Rating: 2/5
Customer opinion - 2 stars out of 5
repetitive repetitive and lacks good examples


I should have believed those reviewers who said it was repetitive. Not just re-re-reiteration which can be useful sometimes but exact cut and paste duplication from one paragraph to the next. This book could have been half as long without the repetition. Also it needs some better more realistic examples to illustrate how the UML works outside of some extremely simplistic situations. I should have gone with my first instincts and bought UML Distilled but I got suckered into thinking this book would be more in depth but instead it is just puffed up.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference for SVR4 and Solaris 7 (3rd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Arnold Robbins
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The Best Nutshell Book


If you use Unix at your job or home (I understand Mac's O/S 10 uses BSD Unix), GET THIS BOOK! Having said that, be warned that this isn't a book it you are trying to learn Unix from scratch. However, this is THE bible for Unix users. Even beginners will benefit from owning this book (I did when I started).
The reason this book is so great is that it contains all of the various Unix commands including those for the various shells (Korn Shell, C Shell, Bourne Shell). Various editors (VI, sed, ex, emacs), awk, macros, tracers, SCCS, RCS, and much more are included here so no matter what you do in Unix, you'll have the commands to use it. Also included is an Obsolete Command section. These are commands which current versions of Unix no longer use but older versions would (obviously).
Intermediate and advanced Unix users benefit the most from this book. Sure, you could use the Unix "man" command to get the online manual, but if you are like me, you like having a book to consult. Beginners will benefit from this book as it gives the user a look at the depth of Unix and a source to look up commands. Since the book doesn't contain a lot of examples, beginners may find this troubling. However, as they learn, the book will become of greater value.
Bottom line, all Unix users should get this book! It is a must have and you are only short-changing yourself if you don't have it on your bookshelf.