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Book Review: The Book Of Gimp

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I usually use GIMP (the "GNU Image Manipulation Program") for editing photos, changing colors, resizing photos, applying significant effects and more. It is a free software alternative to Adobe Photoshop. It is also quite popular with graphics artists and webmasters who wants to edit digital images. GIMP is not just a Linux specific program. It works on all leading operating systems, i.e., Mac OS X, MS-Windows and Unix variants. However, like many other powerful open source software, GIMP can be difficult to master. There are many options and plugins. So if, you are looking to learn or master the GIMP program, give The Book of GIMP a try. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:9322 | -nixcraft, March 8, 2013

Book Review: FreeBSD Device Drivers by Joseph Kong

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The Introduction says the goal of the book is “to help you improve your understanding of device drivers under FreeBSD”. OK, that is exactly what I wanted to do as I am currently working on several projects that use FreeBSD at deeper levels of understanding. read more...
permapage | score:8897 | -aweber, May 1, 2012

Book review: Jess in Action

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Curious about Jess?
Jess in Action starts with an introduction to rule-based systems, goes through the basics of the Jess language, and then dives into the examples; the appendices include API references to both Jess functions and Jess's Java APIs, and numerous links and references are scattered throughout the book.
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permapage | score:8465 | -Ray, November 5, 2003

Book review: Head First Java

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Reviewer plunges head first into 'silly' Java book, finds himself thoroughly learning Java. I guess that's about as good a thing as you can say about a programming book.
Of course, you can't learn Java without a good understanding of object-oriented languages. I made fairly heavy going with 'Learning Java' until I decided to dive in head first. Head First Java, that is -- a new book from O'Reilly that has a totally different attitude to teaching than I've seen before in computer books. It also looks like this might be the start of a series from O'Reilly, the website an introduction seem to assume that there will be more 'Head First' titles and I hope so. The style is humorous, full of graphics, cartoons, puzzles, quizzes and crosswords.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8431 | -Ray, July 17, 2003

Book Review: Lean Software Development

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Lean Software Development: An Agile Toolkit lists for about $45.
The book's very useful for anyone involved in or around the software development process: developers, leads, managers, and corner-office types. Corner-office types won't get as much out of the book as those in the trenches, but the Poppendiecks' arguments against overly-constraining process management systems may help high-level managers come to understand that such systems can actually hurt production.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8392 | -Ray, September 2, 2005

Book Review: Unix Shells by Example

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With 1150 pages, at least you'll feel like you got your $50 worth...
This book is most helpful for the motivated novice or intermediate programmer seeking to improve, and I heartily recommend it. For experienced programmers, however, it's less clear whether this book provides sufficient benefit. The marketing folks at Prentice Hall state that "instead of buying four or five books to work with different shells, all you need is one".
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permapage | score:8337 | -Ray, December 2, 2004

Book Review: Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python, 2nd Ed.

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Got a potential young programmer in your family?
The best recommendation I can give for this book is simply this: just a few days after I gave a copy to my 13-year-old son for his birthday, and without any more intervention from me, he showed me his first completed game program. It was a simple numbers guessing game — the first major exercise from this book. Since then, he’s been following along and tinkering with Python. The book has kept him motivated and built up his confidence in his own skills, which is a tricky thing to achieve (something I’ve tried myself with mixed success).
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mail this link | permapage | score:8286 | -Ray, March 8, 2011

Book Review: A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux

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This book covers 8.04 and 8.10 of Ubuntu...
I upgraded my Ubuntu VM to 8.10 just for this review (well, not "just" for this review, but mostly). Of course, Sobell's second edition of this "I-weigh-a-ton" tome covers both 8.04 and 8.10, but I run 8.04 on my production machine, so I figure I've got the book covered. Judging by the size of the book though, I'd have to assume that Sobell has it covered as well. But does he? Unlike Godzilla, size doesn't always matter. Let's have a look.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8238 | -Ray, February 3, 2009

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook review

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Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition is the version of Ubuntu optimized for netbooks and other small screen computers. This article offers a detailed review, with emphasis on Unity, the new desktop interface that ships with it. read more...
permapage | score:8212 | -finid, November 1, 2010

Book Review: Linux on the Mainframe

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This one might be worth the $50 if you are looking to load Linux on your handy IBM mainframe...
Two words that guarantee heated discussions at both the business level and the IT level are Linux and mainframe. So, when I saw this title, Linux on the Mainframe, I couldn't resist taking a peak inside. It's actually funny to hear people debate about these two platforms considering that the roots of both operating systems are older than the people who typically discuss it.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8192 | -Ray, May 15, 2004

Book Review: Running Xen

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Running Xen lists for about $50...
Running Xen started with a thorough-enough explanation of virtualization. Several different approaches to virtualization were compared and contrasted, which should help the reader to understand where Xen resides in the whole domain. This first chapter was a great introduction as it provided just the right amount of information. At no point did I consider the explanations to be short or lacking; nor did I feel overloaded with details. The authors seemed adequately aware that the title of the book was Running Xen, and they stuck to that scope.
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mail this link | permapage | score:8112 | -Ray, June 11, 2008

Book Review: Ubuntu Made Easy

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The task this book sets out to do is impossible and many who purchase the book will expect a great deal more. Everyone wants a one volume answer guide to the Ubuntu Desktop, it simply is not possible. The goal of the current book, is to provide “jumping-off point to get started.” read more...
permapage | score:8085 | -aweber, September 11, 2012

Book Review: The Definitive Guide to GCC

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The Definitive Guide to GCC lists for about $50...
GCC (The Gnu Compiler Collection) is the most widely used compiler in Open Source development. This is because of the quality of code, the multiplicity of platforms, and the level of community support that is available. It is called a compiler "collection" because GCC is a suite of compilers that include front ends for FORTRAN, java, Ada, C, C++, Objective C, and others. This book mainly deals with the latest series of releases, the 3.X series, with notes on significant deviations from earlier versions.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7980 | -Ray, September 8, 2004

Book Review: Wicked Cook Java

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Wicked Cook Java lists for about $30.
The back cover calls it an "idea sourcebook" and I'm going to concur with that description. It contains a very wide range of subject matter and so each chapter addresses a portion of that spectrum. The first three chapters cover core Java skills and will be applicable to every reader of the book. The balance of the chapters are more discretionary and will appeal to different readers to differing levels. Each of the chapters brings about a dozen thoughts or tools concerning the subject area to the reader. Most of these tools are explained and short code samples are given for their use.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7967 | -Ray, January 26, 2006

Book Review: Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL...

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Beginning PHP 5 and MySQL E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional lists for about $45.
Chapters 3 and 4 lead the reader through the creation of the product catalog for the TShirtShop site. The authors give a brief overview of SQL, relational databases, using PEAR DB and Smarty plug-ins. The first table is created and populated with data, PEAR DB is used to access the data and a Smarty template is used to implement the user interface. Multiple tables are then added to enhance product catalog features, which allows for a discussion of table relationships. Filtering SQL results and joining data tables are then examined in the section on implementing the data tier.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7917 | -Ray, March 24, 2005 (Updated: March 29, 2005)

Book Review: The Artists Guide to GIMP, 2nd Ed.

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I recently got the chance to read and work through many of the tutorials in the book The Artist’s Guide to GIMP, 2nd Edition: creative techniques for photographers written by Michael J. Hammel. Having only a sloppy, self-taught understanding of GIMP going into this I wanted to accomplish two things. Learn the fundamentals and equip myself with a stack of GIMP techniques I will actually use day to day. read more...
permapage | score:7872 | -aweber, May 23, 2012

Book Review: Perl Debugger Pocket Reference

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This handy book will only cost you about $10...
One of the most useful methods of checking Perl code, though, is the Perl debugger. Despite the usefulness of this tool, most Perl programmers (including me) never use it. There are a few reasons why we don't use the Perl debugger — we don't know how to use it or feel like learning how to use it is one reason. As part of O'Reilly's monograph (aka Pocket Reference) series, they've recently released a small book on the subject called Perl Debugger Pocket Reference, written by Richard Foley. Although it's small, the book simplifies getting started with the debugger and the price makes it affordable.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7866 | -Ray, April 21, 2004

Book review: CUPS - Common Unix Printing System

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Learn to install, use, and administrate CUPS.
If you do not use a printer with Unix or Linux, or if you do and you are perfectly happy with the results (maybe because the distro came with all the right stuff pre-installed), this book is not for you.

However, if you are serious about printing, if you are considering replacing the outdated legacy printing system that came with your Unix or Linux or if you are a developer even remotely interested in Linux/Unix printing, this book is for you.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7854 | -Ray, June 4, 2003

Book Review: Mastering Shell Scripting

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Mastering Shell Scripting sounds like a useful resource for the scripting system administrator.
Despite the above criticisms, the scripts presented in this book are well written and easy to follow. An example that concludes the "Basics" chapter is the excellent test_string.ksh script. Pass an argument to this script, and it checks whether the argument is numeric, alpha, lower or uppercase, hex or mixed case, etc. All the regular expressions typically used with a case statement are included.
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mail this link | permapage | score:7838 | -Ray, November 20, 2003

Book review: DNS in Action

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The book DNS in Action is a guide to DNS implementation, os specific configuration, and administration. This is a practical book for new sys admin and network architects about how to run and configure DNS. Libor Dostalek and Alana Kabelova has done a good work to put together complicated topic such as DNS and its implementation. The entire book is divided into ten chapters.

We humans take advantage of DNS whenever possible by using terms URLs and e-mail addresses. The first chapter explains the basis of DNS and its principles. read more...
mail this link | permapage | score:7834 | -nixcraft, July 12, 2006
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