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UnixReview.com: The Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf, Version 1.0

Jan 11, 2002, 14:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Holman)

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"The last book in the collection is definitely not the least; Programming the Perl DBI is the capstone of this bundle. It explains the nuances of programming for many different databases and shows how to cover all the bases at once by using the Perl language. This book provides a wealth of information on how to acquire the software and modules needed to code Perl on any system -- from Linux to Windows -- for any type of database. This book is a must-have for the corporate systems administrator who needs to coordinate projects that require multiple teams of programmers.

The CD Bookshelf package is compact and nicely presented in typical O'Reilly style. As I mentioned before, I really don't care for books on CD; they are usually hard on the eyes and difficult to navigate. O'Reilly has addressed these factors with the proper use of white space in the HTML documents and easy-to-navigate hyperlinked icons. The CD also includes a search engine that will display strings from any one or all of the books. This is very useful.

The individual list price of the books in the Linux Web Server CD Bookshelf would be over $200USD. O'Reilly has bundled the titles together for the very affordable price of $79.95USD. For even greater savings, I found a copy on Amazon.com for $55.96 and was directed to a used copy in "perfect shape" for $36USD -- the price of just one of these books. The CD Bookshelf is a must-have compilation for anyone running a Web server. Regardless of which Linux flavor you run, you'll find something in this bundle that will make you wonder how you ever lived without it."

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