The Return of Mini Book Reviews
2003 was a busy year, and that cut into my reading and writing time. I therefore took a hiatus from my mini-reviews, but this article presents five books and three reviews for your reading pleasure. I've got a big stack of books to catch up on, so hopefully, I can clear the decks and some more reviews ready for you in the coming months. If you're interested in seeing my reading list, please take a look at my home page. You also can make requests and leave recommendations there if you like.
I grabbed two volumes of this three-volume set, and I'm really impressed. The books collect some of the best articles from The Perl Journal. As with most collections, I like some articles more than others. The books do a great job of capturing the sense of joy and adventure the Perl community is so well-known for. Instead of reviewing the books separately, I'm bundling them together; it seems like the right thing to do.
Perl & Computer Science is the larger of the two books, filling 710 pages and and containing 71 chapters in eight sections. "Perfect Programming", by Nathan Torkington, "Memoization", by Mark Jason Dominus, and "Using Other Languages from Perl" , by Brian Ingerson, stood out to me as exceptionally good reads. Even with the emphasis being on weightier topics, this was still a fun book to read.
Games, Diversions & Perl Culture weighs in at 538 pages and 48 chapters. It includes some wonderful articles, such as "Wherefore Art Thou", by Larry Wall, and "Just Another Perl Haiku", by Damian Conway. Although this is the more lighthearted of the two books, it is no lightweight.
Most of the articles made me want to sit down and write some code; the best ones helped me write code better. Whether you're a long time Perl hacker or just getting your feet wet, these books would be a welcome addition to your bookshelf. I'm giving these two titles nine stars each.
Jennifer has put together a solid book on CVS. Its 307 pages and 11 chapters are broken into four sections. The first three sections cover an introduction to CVS, using CVS and administering CVS, respectively. The fourth is a reference section, which covers command-line options, commands and a variety of shorter topics. Additionally, two appendices cover a variety of CVS clients, GUI and otherwise, and administration tools.
The book is typeset and laid out well, as you'd expect from an O'Reilly title. Most of the time, the examples and diagrams are clear and add to the text rather than bulking it up, but I could have done without screenshots of multiple GUI package installers. The book makes easy reading while providing enough depth to be useful.
This is a good book on CVS and certainly a nice addition to most developer's bookshelves. If you already own Karl Fogel's Open Source Development with CVS or are a long-term CVS user, you probably won't get a lot of value out of it, however. I give this book seven stars; it's a solid value, but could be replaced with another title.
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Practical Task Scheduling Deployment
July 20, 2016 12:00 pm CDT
One of the best things about the UNIX environment (aside from being stable and efficient) is the vast array of software tools available to help you do your job. Traditionally, a UNIX tool does only one thing, but does that one thing very well. For example, grep is very easy to use and can search vast amounts of data quickly. The find tool can find a particular file or files based on all kinds of criteria. It's pretty easy to string these tools together to build even more powerful tools, such as a tool that finds all of the .log files in the /home directory and searches each one for a particular entry. This erector-set mentality allows UNIX system administrators to seem to always have the right tool for the job.
Cron traditionally has been considered another such a tool for job scheduling, but is it enough? This webinar considers that very question. The first part builds on a previous Geek Guide, Beyond Cron, and briefly describes how to know when it might be time to consider upgrading your job scheduling infrastructure. The second part presents an actual planning and implementation framework.
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With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide