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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A Practical Guide to Solaris
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Mark G. Sobell
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book to learn from and a great reference


I used the book to brush up on my rusty Unix skills.Don't let the number of pages in the book overwhelm you if you're a newbie or want to brush up. The first 125 pages will have you using Solaris with great confidence. The next 1,000 or so pages can be used to learn particular topics and as a reference. Recommended for newbie and intermediate (learning tool) and advanced users (detailed reference).



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Cristian Darie, Mihai Bucica
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Very good - but make sure host has php5.


I like the book - the language - the examples. I'm new to PHP so I didn't understand the implications of the requirement to have PHP5 vs PHP4. Chapter 1 and 2 code examples worked OK with some minor tweeking (My host has PHP4xx). Chapter 3 is another story. I've looked around and most hosting companies have 4xx. I'm guessing this will change soon, but not sure if I should wait or fork out $$ to change host.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: ASP.NET Unleashed, Second Edition
Publisher: Sams
Authors: Stephen Walther
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Great book!


I really enjoyed this book. It is on the bulky side, but it's a good read. It is definitely exhaustive, too. I recommend it.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Advanced UNIX Programming (2nd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional
Authors: Marc J. Rochkind
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
A must-have book for UNIX system call programming


The author knew the original developers of UNIX, and it shows in the quality of the information in the book. Also the writing style and the contents are both very good indeed - to the point, yet detailed where needed. Has examples on basic system calls for file and process management, terminal I/O, IPC, etc. Each chapter ends with a section on portability between various flavors of UNIX. Uses an example of a creating a simple DBMS to illustrate many of the topics. BYTE magazine gave it a very good review. Buy it !