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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LDAP System Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Gerald Carter
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
LDAP Without Hype: Get Started Today!

Inside this book, you can fetch a lot of useful tricks and clear references. Perhaps is not a complete guide for LDAP administration, but covers the basics about LDIF, OID, tree structure -organization and replication-, indexes and so. I found very useful the explanation about LDAP use in system integration: accounting issues for services(nss, pam), mail routing, and AD issues.Provides useful scripts and explain a lot of "traps" about security integration and configuration: TLS, SASL, etc. I strongly recommend it for newies in LDAP admin.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Bible with CD-ROM
Publisher: Wiley
Authors: Paul Nielsen
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Chock-Full of Errors

I have never seen such a poorly edited book. If you know a lot about databases already, it's a good book to introduce you to SQL Server (say, if you're coming from Oracle). But if you're new to a lot of the concepts, I'd worry that the egregious mistakes on almost every page could lead you astray. E.g., Table 7-1, page 217 lists a Full Outer Join as "Matches rows using a non-equal condition" and a Theta Join as "Includes all the rows from both tables regardless of whether a match exists." WRONG! Obviously the descriptions have just been transposed, but this is the case throughout the text - the content is there, but it's like it's been put through a blender. The text is rife with typos and grammatical errors - in the *same* table Cartesian is spelled "cartisian", lovely. Was this written on a typewriter? This book, like every other 800-page, screenshot-laden, icons-in-the-margins, third-party, version-specific software reference, was obviously slammed out in a hurry and shoved through the process without any concern for quality, but having said that, I still give it three stars, because it's useful if you can tolerate its barely readable text.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Real-Time Concepts for Embedded Systems
Publisher: CMP Books
Authors: Qing Li, Caroline Yao
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
excellent combination of realtime and embedded concepts

"Real-Time Concepts" is a book that tackles one of the most difficult subject areas of embedded systems programming. Bugs that are introduced because of problems with the behavior of a real-time system can be extremely subtle and difficult to correct. These bugs can also have disasterous effects. Even Computer Science students who take an Operating Systems class probably never deal with a Real Time Operating System.
In this book, the authors attempt to explain the concepts of real time programming. In my opinion, they generally succeed at their task. They keep the code examples to a bare minimum, which I think is a good strategy, because code examples can often obscure a concept, rather than explain it.
If the book has a weakness, I think that it is the introductory sections. The first 50 pages or so cover no new ground and have been covered much more extensively by other authors in the CMP Books series. However, the book really hits its stride at Chapter 4, "Introduction to Real Time Operating Systems". From then on, the book teaches you what you will need to know to be able to design a real-time system.
Of particular note, I was impressed with the authors' explanation of Rate Monotonic Analysis (RMA). This is one of the more difficult to understand concepts and the authors explained it in a way that the novice reader could understand it.
In summary, "Real-Time Concepts" should be required reading for anyone entering the field of embedded systems design. For the CS professional who may be new to embedded systems, investing the time to read this book before you start to code is time well-spent. Thid book should be part of every Embedded Systems professional's bookshelf.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Envisioning Information
Publisher: Graphics Press
Authors: Edward R. Tufte
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
kicking myself in glee

i worked in bookstores for years, i am an avowed bibliophile and here is the one that got away - until now!. yes this is part of a set of three...but you can figure that out yourself. this is an essential edition fo anyone who loves cartography (a la How to Lie with Maps /Monmonier kind of cartography), statistics, art, complexity, symbolism, cognitive science etc - you name it this book has it. It does require that you revel in the concept and manifestation of representation. I believe that it is possibly one of the most beautiful science books around - and it often transcends any definition of a "text" book.
the entire book offers endless brain-fodder for the meaning and impact of the word "vision". The complexity of the subject(s) is given justice in this book - with both beauty and fun!! I was delighted to have been a late comer to this title but now i have to go fully read Tufte's Political Control of the Economy (1980)....if only i had known ten years ago that Tufte was so fantastic, engaging, diverse, and accessible!!