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Automating System Administration with Perl: Tools to Make You More Efficient Paperback – Jun 8 2009
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Tools to Make You More Efficient
About the Author
David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science. He has spent the last 25 years as a system/network administrator in large multi- platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He was also the program chair of the LISA 2005 conference and one of the LISA 2006 Invited Talks co-chairs.
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I've read a lot of Perl books and I own most of the O'Reilly books on the topic. The Otter Book, however, is the one which I cart around with me in my laptop bag wherever I go and is the first place I look for hints on how to attack problems that I face at work or home. It's chocked full of working examples and hints and tips on how to customize them, as well as plenty of context as to why these suggestions work the way they do.
The book is very well written and I highly recommend it to anyone, whether they are a professional admin or just want to cut out some of the repetitive tasks of managing their own workstation.
Very completed, talking about logging, network diagnostic, monitoring, advanced perl topics like pack/unpack ...
This edition is much updated from the 2000 original, with four new chapters ("Working with Configuration Files" and "Experiential Learning" being two favorites of mine) and two new appendices (including the "10 minute XPath tutorial). Some of what I like best about the book is the exploration of "best of breed" CPAN modules and "Pros and Cons" sections that compare modules for particular tasks. All-in-all very highly recommended!
The author is clear and straight forward. The coding examples are well written and easy to read. This is one of those books that you'll pickup for a section, borrow a design pattern, and then put it down. This is for intermediate to advanced perl users that know how to download and install a module so that they can use the module references in the code samples. I like all the O'reilly books for perl and also use perlmonks.com for code snippets when coding, that's also another great resource.
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