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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.
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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This is a very good step by step book, is not a cook book But really is so nice also include some projects to doPublished 16 months ago by Julio
Carries over nicely to real world use cases. I think that's all anyone really needs to take away from this book.Published on September 29, 2013 by Pzano