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Re: Safari Bookshelf , Book Suggestions

by Koschei (Monk)
on Aug 01, 2003 at 10:33 UTC ( #279919=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Safari Bookshelf , Book Suggestions has the list of books I have read, am reading or intend to read on Safari. Like you, comments and edits are welcome. I don't think I've made any mistakes in my reading selection so far, though some were just to see how good the book in question was (though I got the CVS one just because I happened to want to see how branching worked and thought the book deserved a look while I was at it).
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Re: Re: Safari Bookshelf , Book Suggestions
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 01, 2003 at 10:46 UTC

    Practical Unix & Internet Security, 3rd Edition is the best general security book I've ever read (and I've read a lot of them). Even Fyodor agrees with me (if that means anything ;-).

    As for the CVS book, I didn't particularly like its organization and found learning CVS (even the complex parts) is better done by the docs. Lots of people disagree with me here though.

    I'm curious what you thought about The Peopleware Papers: Notes on the Human Side of Software, it looks worth the read.

      Peopleware's still on the 'to read' list =)

      PUIS, I have an earlier edition of. I do actually want a hard copy of the new edition rather than just an electronic one, but probably won't be able to justify it for a while.

      I approached the CVS book from the position of having been using CVS already for quite a few years. But I'd never bothered going beyond the basics. Sure, I could set up a pserver, I could do remote repositories, I could tag, I could even use tags. I wanted to learn about branches though and wanted to see what the book was like.

      It is mostly unexciting. The word 'Essential' should be noted. It's almost a quick reference (though I do note that ORA has one of those as well). I did find the branching section useful and it did cover branching philosophies which was nice. Even if the very next day I'd started using subversion and am now importing my various projects from cvs into svn.

      I think it's a good book, worthy of a read if you're new to CVS, but I'm not sure if it's worth the cover price. I think it's worth a Safari rent. If you're new to CVS.


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