Top critical review
21 people found this helpful
on 20 September 2001
1) The chapters are in random order, 2) facts were plain wrong and out of date, 3) A big FAT book with little payoff for hours of reading. 3) examples overcomplicated, repetative, yet not diverse enough. 4) No CD with the examples on it.
example 1. Lets take the coverage of CVS. A basic example to get it (a) running locally, then (b) running on a server would suffice. Well (a) is present, but (b) is glib and plain incorrect - much time wasted as a result! - but got there in the end using help from a newsgroup.
example 2. The chapter on sockets is bad. After writing much overcomplicated code (not on a CD) what to you achieve? A machine that sends one character to itself!!. So its not useful. A simple UDP port viewer would be handy, but there are no UDP examples AT ALL. Funny, because it can be simple, I needed it, and its a beginners book.
In a book this fat a usefully organised appendix of examples on how to get things done fast would be handy - but no chance.
It seems to me the authors had historical knowledge, but working knowledge was just based on reading man pages rather than years of experience and refinement by repetition at the job.