The In a Nutshell series from O'Reilly & Associates provides concise,
high-end reference books at low-end prices, for sophisticated computer
users who need the facts but not the frills. To the point, authoritative,
no-nonsense solutions have always been a trademark of O'Reilly books.
The In a Nutshell books raise that philosophy to an art form.
In a Nutshell books have earned a solid reputation in the field as the
well-thumbed reference that sits beside the knowledgeable user,
programmer, or administrator's keyboard. These lean, focused references
offer practical examples for those who live in a deadline-driven world.
In a Nutshell books are softcover and range from 364 pages to 628 pages.
They sell for $19.95.
The Devil is in the Details
In a Nutshell authors cover critical topics in a concise, easy look-up
format. O'Reilly & Associates president and founder Tim O'Reilly
explains: "These books aren't tutorials. They take a topic and drill
down, expand, and delight the reader by providing useful information
the reader didn't even expect to find. This 'leap of usefulness' is
crucial to an In a Nutshell book."
Today's Computer Users No Longer Dummies
"The kind of computer books being written really hasn't changed much
since the 80s," says Tim O'Reilly. "But the computer users have changed.
We're no longer a generation of 'dummies'. Computer users are more
sophisticated. They've used computers for years now. They don't need a
lot of fluff; they don't need handholding. They want really useful,
non-obvious information, and they want it quickly. There's more
Windows 95 in a Nutshell
than in a whole shelf of Windows
Andrew Schulman, co-author of Windows 95 in a Nutshell, explains:
"We only talk about the interesting, non-trivial, or non-documented areas
of windows. We don't walk through all the obvious stuff--we go straight
to the secrets.
The Deluxe Editions of the In a Nutshell series combine a softcover
book with five complete books on CD-ROM, for a comprehensive but compact
package. Examples include:
"These fine packages from O'Reilly have convinced me that there is a
place for technical books on CD-ROM after all. The complementary
combinations of titles, the huge volume of information that has been
edited and validated in the typically painstaking O'Reilly style, and
the tremendous discount compared to buying the books individually have
few (if any precendents) in computer book publishing." --Dr.
What Readers and Critics are Saying About the In a
"Like every O'Reilly title I've seen, this one
[Java in a
Nutshell] is excellent! All of the explanation you need,
written clearly and enjoyably, but without useless happy talk and
hand-holding.... It quickly explained a lot of topics that I didn't
quite get when reading other 'more accessible' books...a must
have." --Miles Parker
"Photoshop in a
Nutshell...is an extraordinarily useful desktop reference for
Photoshop 4's myriad features. The book is perfect for helping you
perform a task you just can't remember how to do. Its 556 pages cover
every Photoshop feature and tool, with enough detail to help you
accomplish your immediate goal, and practical advice about the best
way to use each feature." --Design Tools Monthly, November 1997
"Far and away the best book on the subject...
[Java in a
Nutshell has] a 'maturity' that's lacking in other books-the
overall structure and organization of the books are very well thought
out." --Alex Strasheim
"Windows NT in
a Nutshell is my favorite NT book. Although its name suggests
that this book may offer only simple coverage of NT, it is actually a
dense distillation of necessary, practical facts about the operating
system. Functions of all NT utilities including those found in Microsoft's
NT Resource Kit) are outlined and thoroughly indexed. Pearce also includes
the best printed guide to NT's command-line syntax. Best of all,
Windows NT in
a Nutshell is one of those rare technical books which is small
enough to carry in your briefcase at all times--which happens to be
what I do." --Delaware Valley Computer User, December 1997
"Everyone who either uses Linux
(or would like to), or any of the GNU tools, will appreciate this
[Linux in a
Nutshell] text as a valuable and exceptional reference. It will
help the reader, no matter what his or her level of expertise or
knowledge of Linux is. I highly recommend it." --Sys Admin, June 1997
"The best printed Java material is O'Reilly & Associates'
Java in a
Nutshell. In typical nutshell fashion it is concise, packed
with information, and not cluttered with fluff." --Roger
"In a crowded field where there's so much competition, it's a real
pleasure to run across a brand new Photoshop book that clearly stands out
from the pack, and also does precisely what it sets out to do.
Photoshop in a
Nutshell is exactly that kind of unexpected pleasure. This book's
aim may sound like the ultimate Photoshop oxymoron: a compact but
comprehensive reference to just about everything that you can do in
Photoshop, with information organized so that you can find solutions to
your Photoshop quandries quickly and easily. That's a pretty ambitious
goal for a program as complex and intricate as Photoshop, but
Photoshop In A Nutshell does a good job of it. In fact, an
amazingly good job. I think most Photoshop users will find its
no-nonsense, get-to-the-point approach very useful.
Photoshop In A Nutshell is simply the best quick reference
guide for Photoshop available today.
Java in a Nutshell has quality stamped on its cover and
embedded in its acid-free paper. O'Reilly has a reputation for books
with terse, accessible writing, and this book is no exception."
--Dr. Dobb's, December 1996
"This book [UNIX
in a Nutshell] is the perfect desktop reference.... The authors
have presented a clear and concisely written book which would make an
excellent addition to any UNIX user's library." --SysAdmin,
"System administrators should consider buying a copy of
UNIX in a
Nutshell...for each one of their users. The investment will
repay itself very quickly in saved time and hassle." --SunExpert,
"Out of all the NT books I've picked up for research on the topic
(I'm writing an intermediate-level NT networking guide for IDG), yours is
the best and most informative. Particularly compared with the 1000-page
bibles groaning on the shelves of all our fine booksellers.
[Windows NT in a
Nutshell] is a masterpiece of compression and conciseness at 300
pages. It's the only book I have (other than mine, of course, which is
upcoming) that I consider indispensable. What an excellent work."