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Wednesday May 12, 2004
01:15 PM

Perl Books for YAPC

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My generous employer (that's O'Reilly in case you haven't been keeping track) is sponsoring YAPC. We're trying to figure out which books to send as giveaways. We have a limited budget, so we can't just send 300 of each. My suggestion was two of everything on plus one each of:

Apache Cookbook, Apache PR, Apache: TDG, Adobe Photoshop CS One-on-One, Digital Photography Expert Techniques, Applescript: TDG, BSD Hacks, DNS & Bind Cookbook, Essential System Administration PR, Essential System Administration 3ed, Hardware Hacking Projects for Geeks, Linux Security Cookbook, Network Security Assessment, Network Security Hacks, Secure Programming Cookbook for C/C++.

Any substitutions you want to make?


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  • Spidering Hacks is on, but Google Hacks isn't, and should be, and is a good giveaway. Also Mac OS X Hacks is good, for such a Mac-heavy crowd.

    Maybe some MySQL or PostgreSQL coverage?



    • I second the {My,Postgre}SQL recommendation. I'd bid on "High Performance MySQL" if I hadn't already bought it.

      I want that BSD hacks book. I'll bid on some of the sysadmin/networking books, too.
  • Perhaps: CVS pocket reference? If you've got the extra space: Linux and OS X Unwired? (these two look pretty geek-friendly, and I haven't seen them in the store).

    -DA []

  • How about Safari subscriptions/trials.

    Low overhead, nothing for you to carry through baggage check and I'm sure some people will actually buy actual paper versions of books they preview. Some may even get hooked and renew the Safari trial when it runs out. Everbody's happy and both of your arms stay the same length; )

    • Great idea! Donate to the Perl Foundation and go to [] for your free 14-day trial.

      No, really. Go to [] for your 14-day free trial. Everyone can have a 14-day free trial. There's a link on the right side of the homepage that says "Try Safari free for 14 days". :-)


      • Fine, fine. Mock me if you will Mr. T! ;)

        Actually, I was thinking that if you were giving out door prizes, they'd be more along the lines of six months or a year. You know something snazzy they can't get just anywhere, but long enough to get 'em hooked.

        I'm not crazy,
        You're the one that's crazy"
        -- Suicidal Tendencies