Tuesday, July 5, 2011

"Network Flow Analysis" By Michael W. Lucas, 1st Edition.

A network administrator’s companion

What is a network administrator? What does a network administrator do? What are some tools that network administrators can utilize to maintain their network? These are but a few questions that are answered within this book.

To get a brief taste of what the book is about, Michael W. Lucas conveniently summarizes it by saying that:

“This book will take network administrators through building a flow-based network management system out of any free Unix-like operating system, freely available software, and existing network hardware.”

I found the writing style of Michael to be quite enjoyable with his fluid writing structure, easy to understand text, real world examples, and bits of his own personal humor.

In his book, Michael focuses on the flow fundamentals, collections, sensors, filters, and other various topics which are valuable to any network administrator. This book is geared more towards network administrators and system administrators, but to be honest, anyone in the IT industry can benefit from this book.

Overall I give this book 5/5 stars.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

"The Book of CSS3: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design" By Peter Gasston, 1st Edition.

All you need to know about CSS3

First off, let me start by saying that this book is not intended for beginners. This book expects you to have experience in HTML and CSS coding at an intermediate level. The main focus of this book is to teach the audience features in CSS3.

When you begin reading this book, you will realize that this book is loaded with sample codes and its output within the chapters of the book. The sample codes are clean and easy to read. To fully benefit from this book it is recommended that you test out the coding yourself to see exactly how it works.

Peter’s style of writing is clear, simple, and to the point. He is on track and guides the audience at a nice pace. Despite the fact that this book is very in depth in material and codes, it does tend to get dry in certain areas.

As a bonus, the author includes a section towards the end of the book which lists the current major browsers that supports CSS3 and its features. He also lists online resources to learn more about CSS3 and provides tools to help you in your programming.

In conclusion, I would highly recommend this book for an experienced web designer.

Overall I give this book 5/5 stars.