Nov 12, 2018

Linux: The Textbook, 2nd Edition Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Robert M Koretsky - Programming, Beginner Guide, Coding, Computers

"I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review"

When it comes to learning something for the first time, it can be quite hard and tricky. No matter if it's a new hobby, a new sport, or using the computer to code, they all are equally challenging. However, there is one good way to throw out all of those fears and learn quickly without feeling stuck is having a great book to read, covering every detailed information you need to help you learn. This is especially true when it comes to learning about the Linux OS.

In my case and many others who are starting out learning how to use Linux may be lost and in need of guidance. Though, from my personal experience, the problems I were facing have now vanished! This is all due to a wonderful book is known as, Linux: The Textbook by Syed Mansoor Sarwar and Robert M Koretsky. This book is quite useful and has everything done in steps and examples from the first chapter to the last. This way the reader knows how to start up and begin programming with Linux. In addition to the steps through each chapter, which are completely explained, there are plenty of exercises and projects to help the reader remember and learn from as well. 

In the beginning, I was quite impressed with the way it explains the commands and how to use them to perform all different requests needed to be done by the user. It really didn't leave anything out and I have already known a bit about Linux, but felt I learned a whole lot more! I honestly mean, there is plenty of information covered inside, even editors found in Linux and the different types of Linux shell options that you could have downloaded explained inside. Plus, how to make all the commands work in those programs as well, as they all don't work the same through each Linux shells used.

Again, I must say that I have learned so much more than a recently read book on Linux. Plus, when I did get confused in some of the explained commands and options within this book, I found reading a bit more had the details and information to explain what I just learned or read. Honestly, just continue reading has aided into learning so much more and grasping everything that I didn't understand.  Of course, practicing with the exercises, projects, and other examples in the book has really aided me on learning how to use Linux.

I also must say that this is a very big book, 600 plus pages. However, with this book comes so much information that you don't get in many other small books. So, with that said, this is a perfect course book for instructors to use and even for students to use to learn on their own. Also, in the back, there is a guide to help you load Linux up on a computer. So there isn't any fear to be lost on the setup process when you begin working with this book. It really has you covered and makes sure you learn it with ease and not fail.

Finally, I'd like to say that this is one book that will be a guide worth having on my bookshelf. It's quite an excellent resource and reference that will aid as a reminder and guide to all the commands and what can be possible while using Linux. I highly recommend this course and textbook for everyone, not only beginners but instructors and those who have a great understanding of Linux too! 

Authors Information:
Syed Mansoor Sarwar is a professor and principal at Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT), and a former tenured associate professor in the Multnomah School of Engineering at the University of Portland (UP). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Iowa State University (ISU), and has over 30 years of post-Ph.D. experience in teaching and research. He has over 40 research publications in international journals and conferences. He was nominated for the Best Graduate Researcher Award at ISU for his Ph.D. research, and Best Researcher and Best Teacher awards at UP. He has been learning, using, and teaching operating systems since 1986.

Robert M. Koretsky is a retired lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Multnomah School of Engineering at the University of Portland. He was principally educated at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to teaching, he worked as an Automotive Engineering Designer with the Freightliner Corp. in Portland, Oregon.

Book Information:

  • Chapman and Hall/CRC 
  • Published October 12, 2018 
  • Textbook - 658 Pages - 130 B/W Illustrations 
  • ISBN 9781138710085 - CAT# K32207



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Nov 7, 2018

Justice Duel - Brand NEW NES Game - classic console Nintendo, video games, action, adventure, puzzle, fighting

I am happy to say that there is a good reason to dust off the classic NES and get it out for a few new games to play. How I stumbled upon these new games, was search online at my favorite store, that sells all classic console systems and games. This is where I noticed the new variety of games, and it's not new cause they are in great shape and barely used, but NEW like brand new from an indie company known as Mega Cat Studios. So these just came out recently.

As I can see, they had developed a few new games, with a quick look on their site. This would be games made for the classic NES, but also the SNES, Sega Genesis, and Super Famicom. However, at the place I normally shop for my games, I was really interested in the one game, well two but didn't get the other this time. The game that I did get is called Justice Duel, which resembles Joust, a very old pixel game that I had loved on the Williams Arcade's Greatest Hits for Sega Genesis. 

Now, this game is a bit different, maybe even better! It uses the dead presidents as the choice of player. Also, these presidents that you can choose from are ones like Grant, Lee, Abe, and Custard. Each one is ready when you are to get out there and battle through each stage, while riding on top of an eagle. Oh yes, in addition to the choice of president, you can also enjoy the scenery of the different locations related to the presidents like The U.S.S. Independence, National Cemetery, Capitol building and more.
This is quite a fun new twist on the game Joust. One other being the ability to shoot while flying on these birds and battling each other.  Plus, with the additional obstacles that pop up, while in each stage, makes this game quite challenging and entertaining. Also if it's more then just two players you want when battling, well this game works with an NES adapter to allow 4 players to play at a time. So, no matter, if it's one or multiple players, this game is quite fun and pretty entertaining. So if you are interested in trying something BRAND NEW for your NES, well Mega Cat Studios is coming out with plenty of new ones and so far, from playing Justice Duel, I can guess that they all will be quite exciting and bring back that fun pixelated gameplay we once have loved.
Short Recording of the Game


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Nov 2, 2018

Quick Assessment: Linux The Textbook, 2nd Edition Syed Mansoor Sarwar, Robert M Koretsky

"I received a free copy of the book in exchange for writing a review"

Right away, from a quick assessment of just a few chapters of Linux The Textbook by authors Syed Mansoor Sarwar and Robert M Koretsky,  I must say, it does deliver the full in-depth details on every command. Plus, if you don't have a computer in front of you, the book also covers the reaction that will occur when plugging in the wrong command or possibly the capitalization of the word used. I must say, it's so far been an excellent guide! I really had no idea about the options there were to use when working with each command and where to stick them while working with the Linux CUI.  

Of course, with all these acronyms, it can be quite difficult to grasp for a beginner who is learning to program for the first time. This is true for not only Linux but the many other coding programs out there. So a book that helps you recall each acronym that might be hard to understand while reading, with a parenthesis of the real term next to it, really does help you understand the word. Another thing to love about this book! It has not only made it easy to learn what is being said, but it aids for future times when that word will appear in this book or anywhere. In addition, with the way the book defines every word, you really don't get lost or feel it will be forgotten while moving on.
Might I add, reading this book hasn't only helped me
understand Linux, but has given me an extra life!
So with this quick opinion of the book, I really am finding it to be a great way to understand everything from positioning, which let me tell you the authors made sure you put it in the command line correctly with every new command acronym you can use. Plus, all of the acronyms of all those computer terms and commands that are used in the command line. It really will keep anyone who reads this book afloat while learning with ease. Oh, by the way, there are plenty of in chapter exercises, which really help you recall what is being taught and that is a big plus! Since the only real way to learn is to do and practice. 

Finally, I will definitely still continue to read on and check out the rest of the information that this book can offer me to learn about Linux. Right now, this book is topping as one of my favorites for me. There are many out there that can teach you about Linux, and so far this has taught me more than I already knew about Linux, which is amazing!

Authors Bio
Syed Mansoor Sarwar is a professor and principal at Punjab University College of Information Technology (PUCIT), and a former tenured associate professor in the Multnomah School of Engineering at the University of Portland (UP). He received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from the Iowa State University (ISU), and has over 30 years of post-Ph.D. experience in teaching and research. He has over 40 research publications in international journals and conferences. He was nominated for the Best Graduate Researcher Award at ISU for his Ph.D. research, and Best Researcher and Best Teacher awards at UP. He has been learning, using, and teaching operating systems since 1986.

Robert M. Koretsky is a retired lecturer in Mechanical Engineering at the Multnomah School of Engineering at the University of Portland. He was principally educated at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Prior to teaching, he worked as an Automotive Engineering Designer with the Freightliner Corp. in Portland, Oregon.

About The Book:
Chapman and Hall/CRC 
Published October 12, 2018 
Textbook - 658 Pages - 130 B/W Illustrations 
ISBN 9781138710085 - CAT# K32207

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