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As Bentson says, this book is not a formal treatment of operating systems in general. Also, while a thorough understanding of operating system concepts informs and structures the book, there are areas in which some readers will want further detail. Overall, however, this book is far more readable and accessible than the vast majority of internals works. This puts it within reach of the amateur home user or hobbyist with whom Linux is rapidly becoming popular. The book covers the user interface, kernel, networking, development tools, and hardware. Oddly, it is in the basic background that the book sometimes loses focus and makes odd jumps. The complete text, though, is very well annotated with both printed and Web site references. ... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Provided you are already an experienced programmer in at least one other language, the title is very nearly true. A coder switching from one language to another does not need a lot of tutorial, but does need quick reference and access to the concepts. Horton provides this in a very organized, planned and complete fashion. On second thought, maybe you better make that two or more languages, preferably unrelated. At times Horton's lack of explanation might be a problem. The concept of pointers, for example, is quite important to C, but has no analogue in a number of other computer languages. Still, if you know what you're doing this is a very quick introduction. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996
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Beginning with broad NT concepts and then focusing sequentially on various key systems, Solomon dissects NT with a surgeon's care and a software engineer's thoroughness. That's not to say that this book is mainly about writing programs. Rather, this is the kind of guide that power users wish for, explaining why and how things happen and glossing over very little. Programmers will value the clear NT API hints. Initially, the author talks about important NT tools (such as Performance Monitor) and concepts (such as the idea of virtual memory and how it's mapped). He illustrates all abstract concepts with excellent conceptual drawings that make it easier to comprehend what NT is doing. A chapter on NT's architecture explains how the system wor... Rest of this review on the detail page
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Provides a detailed file format dictionary to help you understand most of the major file formats found on the Internet. Comes with a CD-ROM jam-packed with programs and tools to help you work with the files you come across on the Internet. Includes player programs to use files you download from the Internet. Contains compression and decompression utilities, and utilities to help you convert files from one format to another. Offers the tools to help you create HTML files and publish on the Web, and efficiently transfer your files. Helps you to read, write, convert, and use most of the major file types encountered on the Internet.
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The book states, up front, that the intention is not to make the reader into an SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language) techie. The material *is* intended to help someone use SGML--but at the management level rather than the actual coding, perhaps. To this end, the text presents SGML concepts, purposes, and functions. SGML coding is not altogether avoided, but it is used only in support of discussions regarding how SGML can be used to benefit various publishing functions. copyright Robert M. Slade, 1996
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