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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Simson Garfinkel, Gene Spafford, Alan Schwartz
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's really Unix security with Internet thrown in


Great book on Unix security. I bought the first edition when it first came out. It was great. Once I saw the second edition I immediately bought it too. What a disappointment. The Internet security aspects of the book were quick and dirty, while the Unix security was excellent. I hate to say it but could it be that Internet sells better than Unix? Tom Cooper



Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Operating System Concepts
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Abraham Silberschatz, Greg Gagne, Peter Baer Galvin
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Good but get confusing in some parts


I selected this book for teaching the Operating Systems course to my undergrad class. The reason was simple, it was the only latest book available on the OS concepts.
But after going through the first 9 chapters, which are on intro to OS, process managment and memory management, the response I got from my students was that this book is very difficult to understand and I couldn't agree more.
I wouldn't say that all the chapters are like that but yes, there are few chapters in the process management section which I had to teach them from outside resources, the only help I took from the book is the topics that were covered. Infact when I first took this course, I had a difficult time understanding these chapters myself from the book, so I couldn't expect the students to do so.
One example is chapter 6, process synchronization, where they mention deadlock at many places, whereas the deadlock topic is discussed in the later chapter (chapter 7).
Good for experienced but don't expect the students to go through this book without additional resources.
By the way, can anyone explain the idea behind the dinasours on the cover?



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Red Hat Fedora Linux 3 Bible
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Christopher Negus
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A Good Start on Moving to Linux


I find it strange to say that an eleven hundred page (plus) book is really only an introductory book. Unfortunately that's the truth. What you get here is a bunch of stuff. For one thing, you get the operating system itself. And while you can download the coftware free, you'd better be prepared for a pretty long wait, at 56K about a hundred hours for the four 650 MB image disks.

I say "introductory" because there are so many subsidiary packages included in the basic Linux distribution and these can be treated only superficially. For instance MySQL gets about 35 pages. This is enough to get the software up and running, and a little bit about the SQL language. But you're not going to be a power SQL programmer after just 35 pages, you've only touched the surface. And of course each other big area (Apache Web Server, Mail Server, LDAP and a whole lot of other sets of initials) has it's own set of books to expand on what's here.

But you've got to start somewhere, and here's a good place. Mr. Negus is a far better writer than many in the computer business. He's written this as a way to get started in moving to the Linux world. And at this he does a supurb job.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-306): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual Basic.NET and Visual Studio.NET
Publisher: Que
Authors: Mike Gunderloy
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
The author deserve great praise


I'm not an industry insider and have no involvement in the making of this book, my aim was to understand the contents of the curriculum for the 70-306 exam and obviously to pass (which I did, first time)This is a great book, it's exceptionally well structured, it's full of thorough and well thought-out exercises. Every single step is detailed (nothing is omitted) and you will learn much, not least, how to use Visual Studio properly.
This book has very good review questions and a sample exam at the back which are really useful in getting you to think in a '.Net way' do not skip these they are important.
If you wish to understand .Net windows forms programming to a sufficient degree to pass the 70-306 you will not regret investing the time in reading this book. One reviewer reviewed the wrong book (he/she reviewed the one on Asp.net) another said that this was very poor and disappointing, an opinion which in my view is unsustainable particularly since he gives no fair explanation of why he was driven to give a damning verdict.I emailed the author a couple of times about some things and he was very quick and generous in his replies. There are errors but there is an errata and any programmer who is aiming to become a .Net MCSD will be able to figure out why something isn't compiling.I can safely and happily recommend this book to anyone who is serious. I supplemented reading it with the Transcender exam simulations and I found them extremely helpful too.