BIND 9 DNS Administration Reference Book

Posted by tripwire45 on Oct 2, 2007 10:57 AM EDT
Linux; By James Pyles
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This book comes to me in an unusual way. I received an email from the publisher and editor asking if I'd be willing to review BIND 9 DNS Administration Reference Book. Ok, that's not unusual. In fact, it happens to me all the time. What is unusual is that I'd never heard of Reed Media Services before. One reason is that they seem to be a smaller publishing house that was originally started to "print newsletter publishing, online publishing (including related software design), and providing related internet hosting services". The other reason is that they've only produced two books thus far (The OpenBSD PF Packet Filter Book is the other one).

The other chief element that makes this book unique is that it doesn't have a distinct set of authors. Sure, Mary Stahl, David Conrad, et al are credited, but who's "et al"? After all, on the cover, Jeremy C. Reed is credited as Editor but no other names appear. Going to the Preface, the explanation is made clear: "This book is based on documentation that is included in the BIND source code, including ISC's BIND 9 Administrator Reference Manual...The editor for this printed book (Reed) provided hundreds of improvements to ISC which were integrated into the original documentation...". The copyright information is too lengthy to go into but the bottom line is that this book is largely compiled from a wide variety of official sources, bringing everything together between two covers.

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