<pre>Author/s : Keir Davis, John W. Turner, Nathan Yocom Publisher : Apress Category :Other Review by : Derek Anderson Rating : 8 horseshoes</pre> To provide a context, I intended to review this book for my own personal enjoyment and for consideration as a supplemental text for an undergraduate college course, production languages, which I teach in C and C++. I was happy overall with this book, so I will start with the pros. This book is great for beginners and I believe that I will recommend it for those that are still developing a programming foundation. I feel that the book reads well, provides nice definitions, has good organization, and is nicely complemented through ok examples and implementation.
On the other not so positive side, I failed to see the 'definitive' word that the title included. The authors make reference to how this book is a blend of theory and implementation, which turns out to be no real theory but rather just domain and background information mixed in with syntax, libraries, and code examples. I saw little 'code tips', but never felt that I directly learned from these 'experts'. This is not a bad thing, but 'experts' and 'moderately experienced' network programmers will more then likely pick nothing up from this book. I feel that the majority of this book is just a summarization of information I have found on the WWW, but put together in one nice and convenient package that I will keep on the shelf as a reference manual.
In summary, this book will bring any beginner up to speed and it will be worth the price they are asking.