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About the Author

Rytis Sileika has over ten years experience in system administration and system design. Previously, he worked as a system integration engineer and platform designer for enterprises, designing and building telecom platforms. Currently, Rytis administers systems in one of the largest online betting exchanges.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2010 edition (July 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1430226056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1430226055
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,417,288 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rytis Sileika has over twelve years of experience in the system administration field. Since obtaining his bachelor of science degree in computer science from Kaunas University of Technology, he's been specializing in system integration and deployment automation. His areas of interest and expertise are UNIX-based operating system management and automation tool development. Rytis is also a RedHat Certified Engineer. He lives with his wife and two daughters in London, United Kingdom. His nonprofessional interests are traveling, hiking, and photography.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hoffman on February 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
"Pro Python System Administration" by Rytis Sileika is a surprisingly
good book. First and foremost, it is not a cookbook with a sysadmin
slant. 'Instead, it is organized as fully-worked-out sysadmin
problems that show how to use powerfully Python features (usually
extensions). The author succeeds in covering both a wide range of
problems and a reasonable range of tools.

Whereas some authors specialize in interesting command-line tools,
Sileika aims at administrative systems. Some of the problems he
covers are expected (such as automating the hard parts of Apache
configs and reporting stats), but others make the book more
interesting to read. The Amazon EC2/S3 section was a nice surprise,
as were the in-depth chapters on IP address allocation.

The tools covered are fairly standard, but the author pulls out some
elegant uses for some of them, such as advanced web site availability
that requires HTML parsing and database optimization with MySQL.
Basic understanding of Django is assumed but the sections that use it
hold up adequately for Django novices.

Overall, this book is probably a good addition to the shelves of most
sysadmins who are also Python-slingers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Fotis.T on April 26, 2013
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It is not a bad book. It has a good chapter structure to guide you to learn python as system administration tool but you need to spend a significant amount of time on the internet to find explanations instead of being able to focus on reading this book. It lacks some important explanations in every chapter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gartin on October 24, 2012
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I primarily purchased this book for one chapter, the last one on Amazon EC2 tools. I was blown away with this book. It is deep Python System Administration. You should have a very good grasp on Python and need to do some serious Linux SysAdmin. No light stuff here. The title is dead on. I got what I wanted, but also picked up a couple of tricks for other automation. Check out the table of contents and if any of that looks like something you would like to automate or streamline, then buy the book.
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By Unix Lists on December 1, 2014
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In my opinion, this is one of the better books to learn Python and its practical application. Several of the chapters actually feel like labs. In actuality they are in fact labs, and I only mention this to emphasize the 'weekend project feel' certain chapters have.

There is also the added bonus of being able to readily apply these exercises in the real world. Finally, while the book is oriented towards System Administration, it still has quite a bit of range as far as topics are concerned (for instance you will be setting up complete Applications for monitoring and reporting etc.). For being several years old, it is evident that author has been a practitioner of the whole 'DevOps' culture before it actually became so popularly defined.

Finally, I was truly excited to learn that the Second Edition was released in 2014, and I am excited to compare the newer edition to this one. I actually purchased this first edition quite late in the game, though still gained much value from it so I can imagine that the newer edition will feel very relevant and fresh.
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