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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Linux Kernel Development (2nd Edition)
Publisher: Novell Press
Authors: Robert Love
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Amazing book


This book dives into the structure of the kernel and how it works in great details. It doesn't lose you in technicalities like some books, instead Robert Love keeps it as close to simple english as possible and tries to make it very easy to read.

I've never read a book that taught me so much about the kernel's inner workings in just the first 3 chapters. I've now read about half of them and will probably finish it today. This book is truly amazing.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Essential Guide to Telecommunications (3rd Edition)
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Authors: Annabel Z. Dodd
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The best telecommunications overview I have ever seen.


I have never commented on books or articles but this book is outstanding. The telecom info provided is accurate and up to date. The author has great insight and covers all major concepts of telecommunications.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Implementing SAP Sales and Distribution
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media
Authors: Glynn C. Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
DETAILS! Screen Shots, Menu Paths, Configuration Tips


I own a lot of SAP books, 8 or more, and I've thumbed through a couple dozen more on store shelves. Most of them are lacking in detail, and are just re-arrangements of SAP help. I couldn't believe the detail this book has: screen shots (very rare in most books), menu paths (even rarer), and configuration tips the author says he learned "the hard way" over several implementations. Having been involved with two SAP instances myself, I believe he knows what he is talking about. This guy KNOWS his stuff. He specifically details where and how to customize SAP SD through the IMG and master data. I've NEVER seen an SAP book with this much relevant and useful information. If I could have given it 6 or 7 stars I would have. Worth twice the price.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL
Publisher: Wrox Press
Authors: Richard Stones, Neil Matthew
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
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This is a Wrox book, which to me means it is probably not very concise or well written, but it has a pretty good amount of information; and the title says "Beginning Databases with PostgreSQL", so my expectation was for something a little bit more useful and germane than a "<subject/> for Dummies" or "Teach yourself <subject/> in <duration/>". And that is pretty much what I got. The book does not cost a lot, it is pretty easy to read, it covers most of the things good beginning relational database books usually do, and it does it in the context of PostgreSQL.
If I had to choose between this and "Practical PostgreSQL", which is the only comparable book out right now (mid 2002), I would probably choose the latter, but I think it would be better to get both, since they are both presenting similar information pretty well, but slightly differently, so I think reading both would result in a better overall understanding.