289655Re: Lamentation and query
- Nov 25, 2012Stan Hoeppner:
> On 11/24/2012 12:44 PM, Dennis Carr wrote:I like books. When I look around I don't see hefty tomes that promise
> > I miss my dead tree versions being current. =/
> An old friend of mine used to have 3 large book cases of computer books.
> One was filled with the full book set of a couple Caldera releases, a
> few Red Hat releases, and every SuSE release he had purchased from 7.2
> IIRC onward. He's never opened most of them. He uses the digital
> documentation as it's faster, easier. He just likes looking around his
> office at all the books.
> Dennis, how many computer books, or books in general, do you own? Do
> you have any on display? Or are they all simply hoarded away in boxes
> in the attic or basement?
> The prescribed solution for this problem isn't more newer books, but
> therapy for the personality disorder known as "hoarding". I think
> there's a "reality" TV show about this.
me to reveal their secrets, with screenshots that were obsolete
before the ink was dry. Among my favorites are the insights by
Fred Brooks, Peter Bentley, Brian Kernigan, Plauger, and of course
the late Richard Stevens. My books cover generations of operating
systems, networking, and programming languages. Even though computers
look different each year, what happens below the surface changes
On the surface, if I need to look up an API definition or usage
example, then I'll use the web; but if I care about the program,
then I'll still have to check with official documentation to ensure
that my code has any guarantees of working a year from now. The
books provide the insights into why things work the way they do,
what happens below the surface.
As for Postfix, it doesn't evolve as fast, and capturing it in a
book is not as challenging, as 10 years ago. I suspect that the
world is not large enough that it can sustain multiple books on
Postfix (though I think that translations of good books can help).
I am also aware that many books are a work of love, not a money
maker for the author or publisher. I hope Patrick can find the
time to bring the work to completion, because I don't have it.
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