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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Learning the Korn Shell (2nd Edition)
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Bill Rosenblatt, Arnold Robbins
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
A good textbook-style reference for Korn

When I bought this book, I had already spent a year working in a UNIX environment, but I had no real experience with shell programming. However, after reading this book, I'm having no problems writing intermediate to advanced level Korn scripts at work.
It sounds like some people who have reviewed this were expecting a Nutshell book, but apparently they didn't read the description of the book. To truly appreciate this book, one should read it in a fairly linear fashion, from cover to cover (like a textbook). It's not really meant to be skimmed, since it's not one of the Nutshell books.
Whatever the case, I think that for anyone interested in Korn shell programming, this is a pretty good introduction to it. My only recommendation is that you practice the concepts in the book while reading, and make sure you have a copy of 'UNIX in a Nutshell'.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications Third Edition
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Authors: Microsoft Corporation, Microsoft Corporation
Rating: 1/5
Customer opinion - 1 stars out of 5
Seems a Little Out-of-Date

It's difficult to give a good review to a book that has missed several publication deadlines. You'd think Microsoft would get it right for the 3rd edition and be able to ship it when promised, but apparently not.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Unix Power Tools, Third Edition
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Shelley Powers, Tim O'Reilly, Mike Loukides
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
These tips may save you a lot of time

This book has many scattered Tips on Unix from the user's point of view. It doesn't mention TCP/IP and protocols. You won't see Perl, here. Basically, it tells you how to write fine Bash scripts to take full advantage of Unix to solve mundane tasks, like changing your login prompt to display:date, time, hostname, etc. Setup terminal options. Very fine introduction to Regular Expressions (Regex). Nice tutorial on Awk. Fine chapter on Vi (not Vim). The chapter on How Bash interprets your commands will make you stop wondering why your ``*'' and variables ``$1'' are being misinterpreted. You must read it.
So, why not five stars? This book is old. No word about GNU/Linux, the most proeminent *nix outcome. The tools included in the CD-Rom duplicate some GNU utilities, now included in every distro. Some tips on formatting text using ``troff'' are hardly useful today (with X Window all around). BTW, no word about X Window.
Finally, if you're looking for Unix administration tips buy Nemeth (Unix administration). If you are looking for ``gotchas'' tips, that could save your time, this is THE book.
Every now and then I come back to it.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: IPv6 Essentials
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Silvia Hagen
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Best IPv6 Book to Date

This book has become required reading for our IPv6 transition team at SRI International. It is one of the newest books which means it is one of the most up to date on the emerging set of IPv6 protocols. Sylvia Hagen throroughly covers all aspects of IPv6 including a very good chapter on security that even goes beyond just covering IPSEC. If you are new to the IPv6 transition, grab this book and begin to familiarize yourself with it. [...].