John Crothers

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (61 of 69)
Location: Dublin, Ireland
 

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Unix Shell Programming by Stephen G. Kochan
Unix Shell Programming by Stephen G. Kochan
This book is perhaps not as comprehensive as, for example, O'Reilly's "Classic Shell Scripting"; its real strength is the clarity of the explanations of fundamental concepts in a way few technical books that I've read have managed to achieve. The explanation of Standard I/O, in particular, is one of the simplest and clearest I have come across. The book also has a considerably better flow and structure than O'Reilly's "Learning the Korn/Bash Shell" offerings.
Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
Alexander the Great by Robin Lane Fox
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is not an easy read as other reviewers have noted. It's "old school" history writing and may prove too much for those more accustomed to the more informal style of narrative history books which have appeared in recent years. It's also let down by some of the poorest typesetting I have ever seen in a book and the quality of its maps, at least one of which is almost illegible in parts.

Those qualms aside, it does reward the persistent reader with a thorough and detailed account of a fascinating character and period in time.
Sams Teach Yourself PHP in 10 Minutes by Chris Newman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Introduction, 2 Jun 2009
I was recently asked by my boss to enhance a web site which had been put together using the WAMP framework by someone who had since left the company. Although there are much more comprehensive and detailed PHP texts out there, this fitted the bill perfectly.

This concise book covered the ground I was interested in over the course of a series of easily-digestible chapters to get me up and running in short order. It is perhaps now slightly out of date in that it makes no mention of (for example) the PDO database access model but otherwise I have no complaints.

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