Today I'd like to tell you about a book that is coming out in September that I think you'll like. The book is:
Self-Service Linux: Mastering the Art of Problem Determination
by Mark Wilding, Dan Behman
Save 34% on amazon.com today! Book will be shipped to you on Sept 21, 2005.
Why this book? Well first of all, I worked for months (possibly as much as 2 years) with Mark and Dan to get this book published. Originally it was to be a title under IBM Press, but at the last minute it was moved to the Bruce Perens' Open Source Series.
As part of my job, I needed to get the manuscript reviewed by as many people as possible. Here are a few of the comments I received:
'This welcome addition to the Linux bookshelf provides real insight into the black-art of debugging. Its stance is based on the scenario of the live environment, which often requires of the problem solver a great deal of ingenuity. The introductory material provides real insight into process of debugging and will provide valuable guidance to anyone wishing to engage in this process. All too often debugging books concentrate solely on the tools but this book avoids that pitfall by concentrating on examples. The authors dissect and discuss each example in detail; in so doing they give invaluable insight into the Linux environment from a debugging perspective and the use of the debugging tools.'
Richard J Moore
IBM Advanced Linux Response Team - Linux Technology Centre
'Good stuff. I particularly like the tongue-in-cheek flavor of the writing. '
IBM Linux Technology Center
'It was quite comprehensive and very readable. I learnt a few things, too!'
IBM Linux Technology Centre
So, what's in the book? Here are some details from the back cover of the book:
* The indispensable troubleshooting resource for every Linux administrator, developer, support professional, and power user!
* Systematically resolve errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs
* Master essential Linux troubleshooting tools, including strace, gdb, kdb, SysRq, /proc, and more
* Includes production-ready data collection script that can save you hours in debugging remote mission-critical systems
The indispensable start-to-finish troubleshooting guide for every Linux professional
Now, there's a systematic, practical guide to Linux troubleshooting for every power user, administrator, and developer. In Self-Service Linux, two of IBM's leading Linux experts introduce a four-step methodology for identifying and resolving every type of Linux-related system or application problem: errors, crashes, hangs, performance slowdowns, unexpected behavior, and unexpected outputs. You'll learn exactly how to use Linux's key troubleshooting tools to solve problems on your ownnd how to make more effective use of professional support services and the Linux community's knowledge.
If you use Linux professionally, this book can dramatically increase your efficiency, productivity, and marketability. If you're involved with deploying or managing Linux in the enterprise, it can help you significantly reduce operations costs, enhance availability, and improve ROI.
Another reason why I want you to know about this book is that DB2 on Linux continues to make news for its performance benchmarks. Here is a link to an article that published earlier this month:
With such great performance and now books to help get over any Linux hurdles, it seems to me that we'll be seeing much more of these two products in the future!