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UNIXReview.com: Wall of Books for October [Book Reviews]

Oct 15, 2000, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Building Internet Firewalls is a classic book for network administrators, because it contains a wealth of information about securing a network. Like 3D graphics programming or device driver writing, security is its own specialty in the larger field of computing, with its own areas of specialization and jargon. This book provides a window into this specialty."

"...Linux Assembly Language Programming covers what used to be a middle-ish year computer science class, which includes numbering systems (base 8, 10, 16, etc.), hardware (logic circuits and binary logic), and assembly language. The processor this book centers on is the venerable x86. Although it does not have the most elegant instruction set, it's always easier to go from hard to easy (such as from C++ to Java) rather than the reverse, so the x86 programmer would have little trouble picking up the assembly language of the 68000, or any RISC processor. On the other hand, those who know simpler instruction sets are often thrown a curve by the overall ugliness of the x86."

"...There's more than one book to do it, to paraphrase the Perl motto. Each book in the O'Reilly Perl series tackles some slice of Perl that the others don't, and so far there has been surprisingly little overlap. I was interested in this book, because it puts the emphasis back on what Perl does best: keep systems and networks running. Although the title is "system" administration, the distinction between system and network administration has practically disappeared. The book mostly concerns networking."

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