Re: Books

From: Dave Hall <dave-slg_at_no.spam.please>
Date: Fri Jul 22 2005 - 12:21:07 CST

On Fri, Jul 22, 2005 at 11:28:28AM -0600, Steven Kurylo wrote:
> I'm looking to procure some books. Currently I have an inherited Sam's
> Perl in 21 days, which isn't too bad (an inherited Sam's Java 2 in 24
> hours is horrible). I'd like a more advanced book in Perl. Next I'm
> looking for a Python book, for the beginner in Python but not programming.
> Finally I'd like to find a book on advanced networking. Thats pretty
> vague as I find most advanced books start specialising in some part of
> networking, however I don't know what I don't know so I know I need a
> book that touches on most of it :-)
> Any recommendations?

For books, particularly for programming and network stuff, check out Safari
bookshelf. It's a subscription service and has all the Oreilly books and
many if not all the Cisco books and plenty of other stuff. I like it
because you don't have to invest in books that go out of date.

Specific books: Learning Python is great. I learned with the first edition
which is not less current as the language has progressed. If you're a
language geek (rather than a developer), the online docs for python are
the best.

For perl, I've only ever used the manual, HTML or man page format. Also
some of the on-line resources are great for perl recipes and common how-
tos, I assume most of those still exist somewhere.

For networking, if you want the gory details of TCP/IP, I'd suggest TCP/IP
illustrated (2 volumes) by Richard Stevens. I think the Cisco Press books
are pretty good for practical info on routing protocols. Was there a
particular area of networking you were interested in? The subject are is
pretty broad (like the general term programming). For very general
computer networking, I think the standard text is still Andrew Tanebaums
"Computer Networks".
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