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5.0 out of 5 stars Wide ranging and in depth coverage,
This review is from: Automating System Administration with Perl: Tools to Make You More Efficient (Paperback)If you are someone who is:
* an active system administrator, and
* comfortable with Perl, and
* looking for ways to simplify your live by automating some tasks using Perl, and
* up for learning something new, and having some rather geeky fun while you're about it,
then this book could be right up your street.
You are assumed to be reasonably competent with the language: the
author says "if you know a little Perl, and you need to perform system
administration tasks, this is the book for you", but the code examples
do jump in at a realistic - though very comprehensible - level. The
code is presented with the assumption that the reader is comfortable
with the basics of objects, modules, anonymous hashes/arrays, slices,
use of 'map', regular expressions and references for example.
This book is reassuring from the first time you open it. It feels
reliable and trustworthy. We are told in the Preface that the code
samples are "use strict"-friendly, and the code examples are
comprehensible and thoroughly explained. I found the writing style
both authoritative and accessible. Every chapter ends with a list of
the CPAN modules used in the chapter (with version numbers) and a set
of references for further information, reinforcing the impression that
care has gone into the book.
Further, you get the impression that this guy knows what he is
doing. This is reinforced by the fact that this is a second edition,
and the first was ten years ago; the references to well-respected CPAN
Perl modules and their authors; and the general air of
The book includes a collection of highly useful 'N Minute
Tutorial' Appendices on XML, XPath, LDAP, SQL, RCS, 'VBScript to
Perl', and SNMP.
The final chapter, with its subtext "Remember to play", is a
delightful celebration of why sytem administrators enjoy their
job. Let's make a time-line out of our crontab! Let's geocode the IP
addresses in our server logs! Just because we can! (And, which is the
point of the chapter: let's see what we can learn from it!)
Any active and Perl-literate system administrator should find this
book stimulating and rewarding, and be able to take things from it
that they can apply to their work.
5.0 out of 5 stars This book cost a small price and returned me lots of regular nights sleep,
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This review is from: Automating System Administration with Perl: Tools to Make You More Efficient (Paperback)I reccomend this book to anyone who wants to support systems and sleep. Rare concept maybe, but I have done this, simply put I now get sleep while my servers rectify themselves!
Ok, I do need to wade through a few emails in the morning, but everything is online 24x7. Also I have built control panels to allow for emergency procedures to be operated from the push of a button.
You need to know Perl, systems a bit and be a technical person, but really this book is a gem!
Why listen to me, who am I?
I manage over 60 servers for an online gaming company, I know each machine as I provisioned it, however the games they run can cause problems. Do you want to shell into a box and swap on/swap off? What if you are out of RAM? How do you know what process just hoofed your machine into zombie mode?
Automated and CP (Control Panel) sys admin is a life saver. Great read even if it just serves as a refresher :)
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Automating System Administration with Perl: Tools to Make You More Efficient by David N. Blank-Edelman (Paperback - 5 Jun 2009)