A Listing of Books On My Bookshelf

This space is under construction.  It will contain a listing of books from my professional collection, with comments or full reviews.


  • Oracle Database 11g New Features

Oracle Press; Robert G. Freeman; ISBN-13: 978-0071496612


  • Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition

O’Reilly; Arnold Robbins; ISBN-13: 978-0596100292

Now in its fourth edition, Unix in a Nutshell has long been the reference  for Unix commands and utilities.  Not a tutorial, nor a comprehensive book for systems administration, but an easily accessed reference.  I find it interesting to note that I have seen a copy of some edition of this book on the bookshelf of just about every DBA and SA I’ve known in my career, and every copy, like my own, appears well worn.  Every book I’ve seen published by O’Reilly has been well worth the purchase price.

  • Linux in a Nutshell

O’Reilly; Ellen Siever, et al; ISBN-13: 978-0596154486

While I do not own this particular book, I have noticed just enough “close, but not quite” issues when using Unix in a Nutshell while working on Oracle Linux that I probably should get a copy.  Given my past experiences with O’Reilly publications, I have no hesitation in recommending this to the DBA working on Linux systems.

  • Learning the vi Editor

O’Reilly; Arnold Robbins, Linda Lamb; ISBN-13: 978-1565924260

If you think about it, regardless of what operating system you are working with, a great deal of your time working with the OS is actually spent working with the native text editor of that OS.  When I first approached Unix (after having worked extensively with several other operating systems) the biggest challenge was simply dealing with the vi editor.  I was just thrown into it with no instruction, and often (semi) joked that “vi” was an acronym for “virtually impossible”.  Eventually I discovered Learning the vi Editor.  After sequestering myself with it for a couple of days I was no expert but was definitely over the hump and was able to work comfortably.  I credit this book with being a major part of turning me into a Unix bigot.


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