Wow, found my original Nutshell Unix and VI guides, no animals on them, brown cover. Circa 1986. I've been at this way too long... 8-)

-- Craig Norborg

 

I am fassenatted by wildlife

-- Ricky

 

You bring me a *brilliant* future.
Thanks, sincerely.
Years ago. I dropped into the hole of computer learning. It's a hard work change my mind from *learn for achievement* to *learn for hobby(just need to learn)*. The change of my mind happened once I ramble a bookstore far away my university. How great the book is!
I hope O'Reilly would be better and better. And, I hope some book press in my country would be as good as O'Reilly.


--
Learning is to improve, but not to prove.

-- alphatan

 

Many of your books have saved my day when I was really lost in trouble... How should I ever understand that creepy sendmail.cf file without "the bat book" on my shelf? Congratulations from the Netherlands, and keep up the good job!

-- Ernest Neijenhuis

 

Yes, I was at university and should really have been learning more law. But the words 'The Definitive Guide' next to 'CSS' sold a young, budding web designer on his first O'Reilly book.


Now, less than 2 years later, I find myself working professionally on web site user interfaces, pretty much entirely thanks to you guys and your books. Your comprehensive and rigourously accurate, yet always friendly, funny and eminently readable texts encapsulate everything I love about computers: learning exactly what's going on under the hood, having a great time doing so, and then using the skills you've learnt to try to build better things.


I rarely see an O'Reilly contents page that doesn't contain something that interests the heck out of me. Your website is a treasure trove of endlessly fascinating articles that I can get lost in for hours. And there's not enough room here to detail just how much my Safari Bookshelf subscription has changed my horizons. I'm literally a click away from almost every piece of geekery I could ever want.


I really believe that this sort of quality information has an important role in improving what we all do with the humming boxes that have become ubiquitous since O'Reilly was born. And besides that, it's doing a damn fine job of keeping me off the streets.


Here's to the cool hacks I'll be learning from you guys in another 25 year's time.

-- Paul Waite

 

I'm one of the readers you people won't like... I always browse other people's bookshelves, take out the books & read them... There's lots of book series I take out reluctantly and put back quickly... fat volumes using coloured margins, wasting pages and pages on chapter headings... I'm reading a particularly bad one now about TCP/IP written by a guy who's got a name like one particular president (no money to him, hah, I didn't buy the book)... So, whenever I look at someone's bookshelf, those peculiarly designed, easy-to-spot, animal-decorated books get grabbed... my first & only Delphi book (no need for any other) ist Delphi in a Nutshell... the pocket references are *just* what one needs...


But WHY, WHY does the Mac get pictures of DOGs? Noisy, servile, overbred creatures ? JUST WHAT THE HELL d'you want to signal?
"Hey here's another book with one of these barking slobbering creatures. Have a look."
I prefer cats. Like panthers, jaguars...


Live long and prosper!

-- Marion Dickten

 

I have been bored/irrated/annoyed/enraged with all the filler other books put in. O'Reilly books just give me the facts. O'Reilly 4evr:D

-- David Bradshaw

 

The first time I heard about Oreilly Books was 5 years ago when I bougth a Linux Magazine and I read about how to began programming with Perl. So I decide to buy both of them (Learning Perl and Programming Perl) and look by myself about how this titles. Today much of my computers books are from O'Reilly and I really love them!. I would recommend any one to try Oreilly books because they are the best in technology, computing and programming!.

-- Manuel Lison

 

You tought me the basics and lead me all the way.


Thanks a lot, keep on!

-- Tamas Csomo

 

Have come a long way since my first nutshell. You guys are what others aspire to be. I'll pick your stuff anyday. Keep up the amazingly excellent work. You've got one more fan who'd kill for your books. I'd sooner part with my life and anything else I own rather than your books. And BTW, I never had the opportunity to congratulate you on the wonderful Google Hacks.
Here's wishing you a lot more anniversaries. O'Reilly is a religion for us all. Keep it up!

-- Krishnan Rajagopal

 

(Webdesign|Perl) in a Nutshell, sed & awk, MySQL & mSQL, Programming with Qt, Perl CD Bookshelf...


You guys rock, I enjoy your books, and I'll keep buying them!


Congratulations on your 25th! (Hey, you're as old as me :D)

-- Wouter Thielen

 

I was a lamer and a n00b before I bought the books on running linux/unix and perl and so much other stuff. Now I'm still a lamer and a n00b but at least I can pretend to be interesting with all the awesome knowledge-filled and well written books I have on my shelf!


Go for another 25! Congratulation!

-- ME<--ShootHere!!

 

Since I found the first Nutshell, I've been finding nourishment for both halves of my brain in O'Reilly books.
Which reminds me that nutmeats unshelled look rather brainish.


Many thanks for many years of laughter and learning.
I have resolved to find out what awards are out there
that you haven't been given, and to nominate you for them.
Your contribution to global understanding can't be overstated.


Congratulations!

-- Jacquelyn Harrison

 

O'Reilly books are the first place I go for learning, they are consistent and beautiful and I get great joy in simply pondering what a masterpiece of publishing they are! (My wife thinks my love of these books is strange.
First thing I do when I get a new one is smell it - nothing like a new O'Reilly book!)

-- Jason Bunting

 

I've bought O'Reilly books. I love them.

-- Matt

 

I used to have a goal of owning EVERY O'Reilly book published. I have given up on that goal as I realized I could not afford the bookcase space! My desks are typically piled 4-5 books deep with topics from Perl, java, databases, Python, Linux, system administration and User Friendly. If there is ever a topic I need information, it is O'Reilly books that I turn to first. I raise to my glass to the next 25 years.

-- James Kinney

 

You guys are THE kings of IT literature! Never stop! Happy 25th! May you rule an eternity!

-- ByteMeDammit

 

"sed & awk", by Dale Dougherty and Arnold Robbins changed my life.
I first came across these commands in a csh CGI script and was completely baffled by the syntax let alone what functionality they offered. Months later, I happened to be browsing the programming/OS section of the university library and came across this title. After the first chapter, I knew that pattern-matching and regular expressions would save me from the toilsome task of reformating the archaic output from a ground water model and had a good idea how to go about it.
Although I now use Perl for data processing, "sed & awk" gave me the foundation in regex and data manipulation strategies that transfers to many languages and applications. The writing is clear, and the topics build on each other. I tell people that it is the best computer book I've ever read and the same successful formula is found in every other O'Reilly book that I own.

-- Fred Ramsing

 

First approach at my Unversity library.... (Long time ago). Everybody was puzzled by the covers, I was, instead, immensely attracted: it gave me an immdediate sense of security. Never change it, you belong to classics.
Today I buy an O'Reilly every two or three weeks. If I do not read them extensively I know I will when necessity will call.
Happy 25th !!

-- Gabriele Bozzi

 

As a Unix SysAdmin, I frequently get paged at night and end up calling in to work. My wife, who is not a technical person, will occasionally overhear me say something like "TCP/IP" or "Perl" and I'll hear her saying "the crab book" or "the camel book!" It's almost scary how many of your books she knows which animal is on the cover of!


Thank you for publishing the best computer books out there...

-- Kevin Buterbaugh

 

O'Reilly & Associates: In celebration of your first 25 years, I've written the following haiku set:


## Lost in code jungle?
## O'Reilly to the rescue.
## Smart beasts lead the way.
##
## Big project task flood?
## O'Reilly books two by two.
## Noah learns to code.
##
## Hacking furry bugs?
## O'Reilly tames code critters.
## No fluff on inside.


Here's to 25 more outstanding years!

-- Michael J. Ross, www.ross.ws

 

I still have your Xwindows books from 25 years ago.
Along with a hundred others.


Keep up the good work.

-- Glen Grantham

 

At first I found the books silly, cause of the pictures on the cover... but I guess they got my attention. Since now... even Tolkien and Larry Niven had to make place for my O'Reilly books!

-- Gerard Braad

 

I would not have gotten very far into the Open Source community if it wasn't for me getting my feet wet with "Running Linux" right there (which my dad got for me for Christmas one year).
After digesting all that I could from it, I moved on to other books like DNS & BIND and the camel and llama books. I must have around 20 animal books now. I'm a huge fan and almost a collector of sorts. Congrats on 25 years, here's to 25 more! (and more, and more, and more...)

-- Tommy Gober

 

Got about fifty of your books, including an almost complete run of Java books (with about eight more in the post). The first one I bought was the first edition of 'Java In A Nutshell' in 1996. I really started buying them in bulk when I switched full time to Java as a development language way back in, ooh, 2000. I quickly found out that O'Reilly Java books were by far the best on the subject, particularly 'Java Network Programming' (kudos to Elliotte Rusty Harold for that one). The most recent is 'Java Database Best Practices' by George Reese which I'm still waiting for.


Almost any topic (Windows, C#, HTML, XML, SQL), I'll buy the O'Reilly book. I'll wait for an O'Reilly book to come out (but PLEASE hurry with the Tomcat book) rather than buy one now from your competitors. The only non-O'Reilly computer books I own are those rare cases where you don't actually have a book on the topic (such as ASN.1 - but, hey, if you want one maybe I'm your man) or those exceptionally rare cases where the competition are better than you (e.g. email protocols).


O'Reilly books: they're not for dummies or complete idiots and they don't claim to teach you anything in twenty four hours or even twenty one days. They just give you the information you need with no messing. Best of all, they look really good on the bookshelf!

-- Chris Williams

 

(With apologies to Jerry Maguire)
You had me at:
printf("Hello, world!");


Congratulations on your first quarter-century... Here's hoping we're *both* still around at the century mark!

-- Michael Finn

 


hi,


The books as they were long time ago full of information, companion, reflecting peoples needs, interesting from the first page until the mornings when you finished them.


thanks for all
voytech

-- voytech

 

O'Reilly books from C to PERL to Java, you have been there for all stumbles, o my gods, and Oscar you saved the day!!!Thanks for eveything...


25 years...Its been ONE LONG STRANGE TRIP and enjoyed it all the way!!

-- Oscar Taracena

 

When someone asks me to recommend a tech book on *any* subject I can always, with out fear, point to the relevant animal.


No other publisher provides that level of comfort. O'Reilly books "Just Work"

-- Tony Placilla

 

Animals on front
Information on inside
Makes heart go boom boom.


Thanks O'Reilly.

-- Siobhan Chancey

 

The great thing about O'Reilly books is the fair pricing. I can get more out of my $40 O'Reilly Javascript book than I do from the $80 book my employer bought. Rock on, O'Reilly! You're even older than me!

-- Greg Bair

 

Congratulations! This is an extraordinary effort over the new compuer technologies. I hope it is good by giving the rights to the viewers.

-- hanumath kumar

 

When I was a child, I didn't know the "animals" books can become a well-known sign for computing books. Right now, your books just filled up my bookself and I have to buy another bookself to settle more and more "animals" books in the future. Your books are the best companion in my daily life. Happy 25th anniversary.


Thanks O'Reilly

-- Kenneth To

 

I own a shelf-full of the these little creatures, and being in Europe I can tell you that the English editions are really expensive - but worth it. I think the first one I owned was a "Running Linux" which really came up with goods after a laptop battery died on me during a Suse boot-up. The other ones that get a real hammering are the Python books (esp Cookbook - which is superb).


Maybe one teeny-weeny moan - how about some conferences outside of the States - you are too US-centric, you need to get out more !

-- jimmy mac

 

My first O'Reilly was User Friendly in a Nutshell. I hadn't laughted so hard in years. When looking for more Illiad I found the Win Annoyances and Missing Manuals, then moved on to various Linux titles. You folks rock ! Keep 'Um Coming !

-- Sue Mathieu

 

The first O'Reilly book I bought was at the first X Window System conference in Boston. Tim and a partner were selling a velo-bound, photocopied version of the first X Window System programming manual. We (Mark Nelson and me) were building the Ada binding at the time so the documentation was very helpful.


Tim, you were a nice guy, a good businesman, and an ethical man then and success doesn't seem to have changed that.


Your books have been the best source of information on information technology and I have many on my shelf still. When a new technology comes out, O'Reilly is the first place I look for information. Here's to many more years.


Stephen J. Hyland

-- Stephen J. Hyland

 

My first O'Reilly book was "Unix in a Nutshell" (1986), and since then I've accumulated a bookcase full of O'Reilly books. I count 12 on my little desk bookshelf here at work.


Definitely required reading if you call yourself a programmer or administrator. In fact, that's a good question to ask in interviews: "How many O'Reilly books do you own?"


Here's to another 25 years of outstanding effort!

-- David Tribble, TX

 

... and we keep gettin' richer
but we can't get our pitcher
on the cover of O'Reilly's books ...

-- Mr. Bill and the Meddlesome Show

 

O'Reilly has always been my publisher of choice, and for more than just the quality of the books. The committment to linux and open source, the push for supporting OS X before any of the others really seemed to notice, and the overall feel of commuminity just make O'Reilly a company to really believe in. There aren't many companies that I believe in beyond the quality of their products. O'Reilly is one of them.


I currently have 2 linux books, 1 Python, 1 Jython, 6 Java, 2 User Friendly, Programming C, and 3 pocket references, (Perl, PHP, Objective C). I've had at least 10 others over the last 5 years, and I have had a membership on Safari for over a year -- sometimes just keeping the membership even without books in it so O'Reilly just gets my ongoing support. I also have a t-shirt from about 8 or 9 years ago for Programming C, with the full picture of the cow. I used to work in a bookstore, and it was a promotion given out at the time (unfortunately, my girlfriend at the time obsconded with my Sendmail t-shirt). The cow t-shirt has unfortunately been officially worn to death, and my wife won't let me wear it in public, now. I used to have a really cool blue O'Reilly tin coffee cup, too (another bookstore promotion), but it has been stolen at some point over the years. Finally, I had a mobile of a bunch of O'Reilly animals (yet another promotion) that didn't survive moving between apartments.


Here's to the next 25 years!

-- Shannon Simpson

 

I have at least four on my shelf at home and two on my shelf at work (one "borrowed" from a colleague -- good luck ever getting it back). Whenever I look for technical books, the first step is always "is there an O'Reilly book?".


And thanks for being such a great supporter of the Open Source Way. If you'll publish an updated version of "DocBook: The Definitive Guide", I'll gladly buy it, even though it's online for free.

-- Jim Leth

 

Thanks for 25 years of great books. I have over a dozen O'Reilly books and cannot count the number of times I have used them to win (or lose) an argument.

-- Mike Miljour

 

First Book...Unix in a Nutshell
Second Book...Web Design in a Nutshell.
Third Book...HTML The definitive guide.
Knowing that you can always count on someone to publish outstanding learning resources to help you advance...Priceless


Thanks O'Reilly

-- Dustin Fluke

 

I can't count the number of times one of your titles has saved my butt. From the X/Motif series to sendmail to Perl to several Nutshells, I have yet to be disappointed.


Thanks, congratulations on 25 years, and please, please, please keep up the good work...

-- Brian Homrich

 

#1 Unix in a Nutshell (1986)
to
#13 VB.NET Language in a Nutshell (2002)


(Thats just what is on my bookshelf at work, more at home.) Keep up the good works.

-- Kevin Tanzer

 

O'Reilly's "Programming Perl" got me my first Grownup Job.


Whenever I have to learn a new language/system/technical thingie, my first question is, "Does O'Reilly have a book about it?" Thanks for advancing the cause of geekhood. You guys are the best!

-- Jenna Farnham

 

Your book, "JavaScript, the Definitive Guide" has the distinction of sitting on the bookshelf the least of any other books I own. My own personal 'web developer's bible'.


You guys rock.

-- Matt Wyant

 

Well... you're funny. I don't like your books and I wrote it some days ago and then you deleted my story...
I keep on telling that anyone on my university and they lough.
Do you really think that your books are so good that no one is allowed to criticise them ?

-- Szymon Guz

 

I bought some Java and Unix Nutshell books for a class a while ago. Before that I had only purchased a few computer books, but those changed everything. I was so enamoured with the Perl book (blue version, not cool enough to have a pink one) that I had to have the bookshelf. Every time I feel I personally (or my work) needs a computer reference book, I look for an O'Reilly title first.


The most clear and concise technical texts I've ever read. Congratulations on 25 quality years!

-- Robby Desmond

 

Frustrated at my job, I decided to learn Perl to expand my skillset. I worked my way through Learning Perl and soon thereafter, I landed a MUCH better job with a $20K salary increase. It is now a much thumbed through, beaten and battered tome that I still use as a reference.


Thank you and Happy Anniversary.

-- Tyra Humphries

 

I first encountered your books back in 1988 when I took a Unix class in community college. Since then I have noticed that if I buy 5 O'Reilly books, I will still be using 4 of them 5 years later, where if I buy 5 books from other publishers, I will toss out or give away 4 of them in the first year. If there is an O'Reilly book on the subject I need information on, I will buy it even if it costs twice as much - the value is 4-16 times more than books by other publishers.

-- Aaron Bredon

 

Just realised I must have bought my first O'Reilly books in University, 10 years back (SED&AWK, Practical Unix Security). Even though I'm now working with IBM Mainframes (you still don't do MVS in a Nutshell?), I still subscribe to Safari so I can pick up those essential bits of computing knowledge you explain so much better than everyone else.


Good luck for the future...

-- Phil Bowman

 

My husband is a computer geek, and I work at a bookstore. With this, I get all the requests to find the books to keep my husband happy. If there is an O'reilly book on the subject, the search ends there.
I even designed our website after the books: "Ed and Mel in a Nutshell".
I used appropriate animals and similar fonts to get that O'Reilly look. I built it for a few days and surprised my husband with it, who absolutely loved it. Anyone who knows O'Reilly books immediately gets the joke, and our circle of geeks had a great laugh. Thanks on my side for the beautiful books, and on my husband's side for producing such great books!
Happy 25th!!

-- Melody Gonzalez

 

15 on the shelf. some lent out, or taken. some at home.

-- Jacob@jhu

 

Congratulations on 25 years!


Although I find it hard to believe, I bought my first O'Reilly book almost 15 years ago! (Which one? An early edition of the Perl book... which eventually had to be replaced because it fell apart after a couple of years of almost constant use). In my office currently, I can see 3 O'Reilly books - which means I need to find the co-worker who's borrowed the other three and tell him to buy his own copy! :-)


As some of the other contributors have observed, O'Reilly books really do help resolve the development problems we encounter in real life, and provide the information necessary to build skills fast. Hope the next 25 years are as good as the first. I look forward to a continuing relationship with O'Reilly books for many years to come.

-- Richard J Foster

 

I first spotted your books at university, they took by the hand through topics such as lex & yacc, X and Motif programming, NFS & NIS, DNS and many others. That was 8 years ago, now out in the 'real world' they are still there to help me and my company get the job done.


You are always the number one place to look for books on any subject. If there is no O'Reilly book, then we go to others.


Thank you for making such quality books, and keep up the good work.


Have fun. And Congratulations !

-- Mark Sanchez

 

I've pretty much got a zoo full of books - NT, perl and web stuff. They have helped me, and the companies that I work for, get out of a number of sticky situations over the years and helped us be more efficient.


If I need a book on a particular subject I always check to see if you guys have written one first, then look to other publishers.


Keep on doing what you do. Oh, and could you put a honey badger on the cover on one of your books soon?


-- Simon Hawkes

 

I have a degree in computing and am a director/partner in two I.T. companies. I have bought many different brands of I.T. books over the years. On average O'Reilly is the number one publisher in my extensive collection.


Your attitude, approach and support of your writers is spot on. Keep it up for another 25!

-- ABCGi

 

I was introduced to your books when I started taking Internet courses a few years back, and while I don't have as many as some people do, they are the ones I constantly turn to when I need the right answer *right now*. And I definitely plan to buy more (which I suppose is the best compliment I can give). Thanks for all your help.

-- Dalton S. Spence

 

I just finished counting ... I have 21 O'Reilly titles, some of which are old and dog-eared from constant reference use over the years. All of which are well read, and treasured references which I will not part with! Keep up the great work! Your books are always "best of breed" in our world, please keep them that way.


-- Robert Porter

 

My own team of animal books have been warm and fuzzy companions, ready protectors and an occasional source of emergency foodstuffs in my journeys across the vast, ignorant plains of Corporate America. And mucho Whuffie to O'Reilly for Safari, Openbooks, and supporting the Founder's Copyright! Exceptional cluefullness, guys, as usual.

-- Bill Glover

 

Almost everything already said...
For me the most important aspect is that you are in touch with the readers already before the book is available in print.



Happy 25th. Best wishes for the next 25 ;-))



Biggest problem with your books is the weight (not for one book, but for the whole library of your books). How about offering an electronic copy as well? Maybe at a reduced price for those that own the paper version. Like that I could carry the most important part of my library with me when I am on the road...

-- Alexander Jesse

 

To abuse an old marketing slogan:
"The Internet runs on O'Reilly Books!"


Thanks for teaching me how to ...


Volker

-- Volker Hett

 

Best selling books in the history of the english speaking world:


1) The Bible
2) The Lord of the Rings
3) Java in a Nutshell


Can't wait to see what the top tech book is on your 50th Anniversary!

-- Michael Talley

 

As the unofficial technical support/cumputer/network contact for all my friends, family, and many customers I'm happy to send a big thanks to O'Reilly for making it so easy for me: whenever they ask which book to buy on any computer subject I can always give the same answer: Grab the one by O'Reilly, they are always the best.


Happy 25th!!!

-- Scott Baker

 

As the unofficial technical support/cumputer/network contact for all my friends, family, and many customers I'm happy to send a big thanks to O'Reilly for making it so easy for me: whenever they ask which book to buy on any computer subject I can always give the same answer: Grab the one by O'Reilly, they are always the best.


Happy 25th!!!

-- Scott Baker

 

I am currently a student at Penn State University, and the first time I ever encountered an O'Reilly book was in one of my first IST classes. The book was Web Design in a Nutshell (the one with the weasel or ferret) and that was exactly what it was. Being a student in the IT field, I come across many, many different books which try to teach a subject. But none, and I mean none, have come close to how well that book was put together. Now, if I have any questions concerning JavaScript, Java, C++, SQL, Linux, heck anything related to the IT field, I turn to O'Reilly first.


Thanks a lot O'Reilly, and keep up the good work.

-- Luke Kasper

 

Unix Systems Admin for a decade and a half and your books are easy reading "Bibles" - accurate and authoritative references. Also fun.
Thanks and many more!

-- Dick Heyman

 

Unix Systems Admin for a decade and a half and your books are easy reading "Bibles" - accurate and authoritative references. Also fun.
Thanks and many more!

-- Dick Heyman

 

O'Reilly books are second to none when it comes to my book shelf! If it needs to be known, it's in an O'Reilly book! ( or soon to be! :-) ). Thanks for 25 great years!!

-- Nick Bonilla

 

I'm not a programmer, I'm a librarian. I'm the one who gets to order the computer books for my library. It's good to know that, even in these troubled economic times, I can always come up with a few good (okay - great!), affordable books to order for my library. All I have to do it go O'Reilly!


And then I get the students hooked on them...


Then the students go out and buy their own...


And I don't think O'Reilly will ever have trouble finding converts. Happy 25th!

-- Diana Lomarcan

 

When I need a computer related reference I allways(!) check O'Reilly first. It is a rare thing indeed for me to need another reference. The best!


Congratulations on your first 25 years.

-- Brian Tucker

 

Congrats!


Only have 2 of yours on the shelf here at work (Ruby in a Nutshell; Dynamic HTML - The Definitive Reference) - the rest are at home (including the mission critical User Friendly titles) or being used by others around the office.


Thanks, and cheers for the next 25!

-- Everett Warren

 

Hi from (warming up finally) Ottawa Canada.
I've had O'reilly books on my bookshelves or in my
bookbag/briefcase/CD in my laptop bag for almost 20 years.
(damn now I feel -old-) The O'reilly titles helped me
survive my engineering degree and the minor in C.S. that
came with it, 11 years in a telecoms company, and 2 years
so far writing tools for supporting test engineering
at an IC design company.


My thanks, and if I could only keep track of the number of
O'reilly titles that I've had to replace due to 'wanderage'
I'd feel like a public library.


Please do keep it up for another 25 years
(whether Tim wants to retire or not...)

-- Jonathan Crone

 

At my University, we often recommend O'Reilly textbooks for the students. At the beginning of their first few courses, they'll complain that the books are very technical and terse, by the time they've done a few courses they'll complain if there *isn't* an O'Reilly textbook. Several students have admitted they owe their degreees to you guys and your books, so congrats on the anniversary, and good luck in the future

-- Faye Mitchell

 

At my University, we often recommend O'Reilly textbooks for the students. At the beginning of their first few courses, they'll complain that the books are very technical and terse, by the time they've done a few courses they'll complain if there *isn't* an O'Reilly textbook. Several students have admitted they owe their degreees to you guys and your books, so congrats on the anniversary, and good luck in the future

-- Faye Mitchell

 

Happy birthday O'Reilly... Thanks for all the knowledge and help...

-- Alfredo Octavio

 

My first o'reily book was DNS&BIND 8.. pretty much helped me through a project where we were distributing about 80 DNS server. So thx o'reilly folks, keep up the good work.

-- Damien Overeem

 

Even for a liberal arts geek these books are GREAT. Webdesign in a Nutshell (what is that critter?) and the Polar Bear are wonderfully useful.

-- Mark B.

 

Despite the continual losses to "borrowers" who find your books as useful as I do, my O'Reilly collection continues to grow. Now standing at 3ft 6ins of shelf space. Next nearest publisher is only half that and they don't live above my terminal.

-- Bob Dunlop

 

I started Linux with the 'Rider on a Horse' book, and many animal/other woodcuts books later, O'Reilly books are still there and very useful when you need them! Happy 25th!!!

-- DavidatEeyore

 

Without your books I would not have been gainfully employed for the last 5 years.


The first thing I do when I have to branch into a new area is check to see what O'Reilly books are available on the subject.


I had actually had to replace my camel as it became so badly battered and spent a whole weekend copying the notes I had made in the margin to my new copy.


My vi pocket reference is withing 1 foot of my keyboard at all times. Not that I need it much but its nice to know its there.

-- Rob Cornelius

 

I'd stand helpless without my bat-book...
Happy 25th Anniversary!

-- P Buskas

 

I bought my fist critter when trying to figure out sendmail configurations. With book in hand I was quickly able to find my way out of the dark. Since then I have had several friends ask to borrow my "Bat Book" when they get stuck. O'Reilly is now the first name I look for when setting up new linux programs. With Samba functional I am now on my way to learning XML and Java. Thanx for the Help!

-- Joseph Macktal

 

I've been buying O'Reilly books for 15 years now, and they must be really good, as I can only find about 3 of them. The rest have obviously gone on the famous one-way library journey that all good books take when other engineers are about.


What I like is that you take no prisioners, do not talk down or waste pages on explaining the bleeding obvious.


But when are you going to do one with a Badger on the cover?

-- Bob Harvey

 

Happy Birthday!


You are my favorite reference-for-all books.


Sincerely,
Mae North -- Computer Programmer and UserFriendly reader.

-- Mae North

 

Congratulation from Denmark.
I'm a relative newcomer to the O'Reilly books, but not to sciencebooks and university textbooks in general, and I must say that your books are the best yet. They are clear, concise and very compact which is an enormous advantage to the reader. This is very helpfull when you have a large pensum to read as a student.
I learned about your books from a fellow student (who has abot six or seven of them), and I have been very pleased with my copy of "Java in Nutshell" indeed. It stands head and shoulders above the ones from Prentice Hall! This one will not be the last or your books I'm buying.
So keep up the good work,- it's sorely needed out here ;-)
PS : I learned about your anniversary from the great guys at Userfriendly.

-- Hans Peter Bak

 

Congratulation from Denmark.
I'm a relative newcomer to the O'Reilly books, but not to sciencebooks and university textbooks in general, and I must say that your books are the best yet. They are clear, concise and very compact which is an enormous advantage to the reader. This is very helpfull when you have a large pensum to read as a student.
I learned about your books from a fellow student (who has abot six or seven of them), and I have been very pleased with my copy of "Java in Nutshell" indeed. It stands head and shoulders above the ones from Prentice Hall! This one will not be the last or your books I'm buying.
So keep up the good work,- it's sorely needed out here ;-)
PS : I learned about your anniversary from the great guys at Userfriendly.

-- Hans Peter Bak

 

More than half of the computer books I own (and I have too many) have come from O'Reilly, and all but one of the books I return to on a regular basis is an O'Reilly book. As an knowledge bonus, the zoological notes in the Colophons make me almost capable of surviving in the natural world (or at least a campground). Start doing it with plants, and you'll *really* be giving us lifetime city-dwellers an education. :)


One thing I've learned from going to the Open Source Conference and meeting other Perl Mongers is: as knowledgeable as the books are, the authors are at least as personable. Perhaps O'Reilly's greatest talent is finding authors who want to educate and entertain their audiences whether on the page or in person.


Sugoi.

-- Penth

 

I've been in IT for 10 years now. I've seen the "other" companies book. In my opinion, there is no competition. When I need a new book, the first place I go to is O'Reilly. If they don't have it, I wait until they do.


Happy 25th!

-- David

 

Congrats!


I know that I would not be even a fraction as productive as I am if it werent for my very large library of your books!

-- Brad Broerman

 

The bat, the llama, and the camel are all treasured friends. O'Reilly books are consistently useful and of high quality. I'm up to four feet of books and counting.... :)

-- Barry Drake

 

Many congratulations on your anniversary. I own a stack of O'Reillys...eleven at the last count (including three User Friendlies, of course) and I find them all very useful indeed. Here's hoping for another 25 years!

-- Sean Keogh

 

Whenever I'm in a computer bookstore, I browse the O'Reilly titles first--and the simple, understated cover design and typography make them easy to spot.


The books are like treasure in clay jars. Behind the simple cover is rich information and wisdom, carefully presented.


Congratulations on 25 years of making the often inscrutable intricacies of computing merely inconveniences. Your works help advance the art of computing.

-- W. Jim Jordan

 

Happy Birthday O'Reilly!


I have depended on O'Reilly books to clarify my path for at least 14 years. After being introduced to O'Reilly books at work, I think the first O'Reilly book I bought was Programming Perl in 1990 which I used to teach myself perl. I have 20 O'Reilly books in my bookshelf plus pocket references in my desk at work and more books at home. Today if I need (or want) to learn about some technical topic, I'll get an O'Reilly book on the subject.


Thanks!

-- Jarom Hagen

 

When my first daughter was potty training, she loved to look at your catalog (which we kept in the "reading room" for the adults in the house to view). She loved pointing out all the animals and naming them. Now that she is 6, when my husband and I are at the bookstore in our favorite section (computers books of course), she will happily run up and down the aisle finding your books and naming the animals.
Congrats, and thanks for the many, many books that we've used for learning and reference

-- Nina

 

I have made the mistake a few times of not buying the O'Reilly book on a language / OS, etc. Every time I end up getting the O'Reilly one anyway.


The O'Reilly books are well worn, often with multiple 'sticky' bookmarks, and the other books, well, lets just say they are very effective as a foot rest when piled under the desk.

-- Colin Johnson

 

I hate to admit it, but I own at least 90% of the Oracle books that O'Reilly produces, starting with the original edition of the PL/SQL Programming book up to the latest acquisition, Oracle in a Nutshell (yeah, the only Nutshell book that probably goes for $49.99! These books have been clear and concise, and, with the exception of a couple I felt were 'lemons', I think are the best on the market. I especially liked the PL/SQL Programming and the Net8 Administration and Troubleshooting Guide, and I am beginning to like Oracle in a Nutshell more and more. No Oracle library is complete without at least one O'Reilly book in it.

-- Scott Galliand

 

I count 4 O'Reilly's open on my desk at the moment with many more on shelves. Thanks for great books that are immediately relevant and continuously useful. Not many publishers manage to make their books both current and useful in the longterm. Congrats on 25 years!

-- Massin

 

I worked with the UNIX operating system since the early to mid 1970s until I retired. Somewhat later, I purchased my own PC in 1996 and it had Windows 95 on it. I really tried to get used to it, but in mid 1998 I bought an extra hard drive and installed Red Hat Linux 5.0 on it, and that was way better. No more B.S.O.D. for one thing. Being able to understand programs I wrote in C++ was another.


But while I worked with UNIX for about 25 years, I did very little system administration work. Now I have two machines networked together as well as to the Internet. So I bought "Running Linux", "Essential System Administration", and a few others. I wish I could tell you how I first discovered O'Reilly & Associates, but I disremember that. I may have seen one of your books in my local Barnes & Noble bookstore. Or someone in a Usenet group may have referred to one and I may have found it at amazon.com. Those friends of mine interested in self-instruction hear about you by word-of-mouth from me, of course. I do have computer-related books from other publishers, but yours are of uniformly high quality and usefulness.


At User Friendly, they admitted to having 5 O'Reilly books in the office and more at home. If this is a contest, my entry (not including previous editions given away) comes to a total of 19 different O'Reilly titles.


The ones I currently get the most use from are "DNS and BIND" and "sendmail", but when I need something, it is good to have the others on hand. I do not automatically get the latest editions as they come out, but I do have the fourth edition of "Running Linux" and "DNS and BIND", and the third edition of "sendmail".

-- Jean-David Beyer

 

It is uncanny how whenever I think of books a la unix, I think of an O'Reilly. Perhaps it has something to do with the number of quality books I have come across from O'Reilly. I often catch myself judging the quallity of a bookstore by how many shelves they have devoted to O'Reilly and the animals.

-- Parijat Mishra

 

These are great books, well written. They take you from simple concepts to complex programming and great reference works in a very short space of time.


Others may mock, others may copy, but the nutshell goes on for ever. Congratulations on 25 great years.

-- Adrian Challinor

 

O'reilly grats and thanks for alot of books, you're helping alot of upcoming nerds on their way :) - Thanks!

-- Jesper Merbt

 

Congratulations on 25 Years. I started out with a recommendation for Running Linux, and haven't looked back from your books since. You are a watchword for quality in IT books, especially on Open Standards, and should also be commended for your active support within the Open community.


I look forward to your next 25. :)

-- Ben Thorp

 

Whenever I want to learn something new, I always check out the O'reilly catalog first and usually find the book I need. Now our library also have access to Safari online books, it's like having a double chocolate cake. I'm a happy librarian. :-) Btw, my most favorite 'give away' from O'Reilly is the canvas bag with the Red Dragon on it (got it from American Library Association conference a few years ago.) Boy, I feel so geeky whenever I use that bag. :-)


Happy 25th Anniversary and thanks for all great books you have published!

-- ranti junus

 

Your DNS book is the documentation that's always missing, the Perl books are a complete education in programming. O'Reilly books make the Internet work; congratulations and keep it going another 25 years!

-- eva tc kovacs

 

All I can say is that your books has saved my bacon countless number of times. Your "In A Nutshell" series is concise, direct and no-nonsense which allowed me to search up the relevent information in either developing my applications or configuring my servers.


I really don't know where I would be without your "animals" so keep up the FANTASTIC work.

-- Adrian Van

 

At the risk of sounding redundant, I would like to echo some of the above sentiments. I think that probably most of us in the UNIX world have benefitted from your excellent publications over the years. When I first approached UNIX administration, your books were recommended as the text of choice, and I keep finding the most cogent, concise and well organized publications on UNIX-related topics to bear the O'Reilly imprimatur. Your evident dedication to quality is the reason for my loyalty to your company.


Keep up the good work.

-- Mark Fenton

 

At the risk of sounding redundant, I would like to echo some of the above sentiments. I think that probably most of us in the UNIX world have benefitted from your excellent publications over the years. When I first approached UNIX administration, your books were recommended as the text of choice, and I keep finding the most cogent, concise and well organized publications on UNIX-related topics to bear the O'Reilly imprimatur. Your evident dedication to quality is the reason for my loyalty to your company.


Keep up the good work.

-- Mark Fenton

 

At the risk of sounding redundant, I would like to echo some of the above sentiments. I think that probably most of us in the UNIX world have benefitted from your excellent publications over the years. When I first approached UNIX administration, your books were recommended as the text of choice, and I keep finding the most cogent, concise and well organized publications on UNIX-related topics to bear the O'Reilly imprimatur. Your evident dedication to quality is the reason for my loyalty to your company.


Keep up the good work.

-- Mark Fenton

 

in a nutshell, O'Reilly books KICK ASS!

-- hal thompson

 

Among all the other O'Reilly books on my shelf, I have copies of "Unix in a Nutshell - Berkeley Edition" and "Managing UUCP and USENET". Both books are from 1987. They were both priceless aids in their time and have helped me more than once in setting up systems. I don't use the UUCP book much anymore, but the Berkeley Unix book still gets opened up from time to time (what was that Nroff macro again?).
Thanks Tim for providing the best source of Unix information out there. Congratulations on the 25 years.

-- Dwight Tovey

 

Among all the other O'Reilly books on my shelf, I have copies of "Unix in a Nutshell - Berkeley Edition" and "Managing UUCP and USENET". Both books are from 1987. They were both priceless aids in their time and have helped me more than once in setting up systems. I don't use the UUCP book much anymore, but the Berkeley Unix book still gets opened up from time to time (what was that Nroff macro again?).
Thanks Tim for providing the best source of Unix information out there. Congratulations on the 25 years.

-- Dwight Tovey

 

Curse you, O'Reilly, for setting such a high standard for Unix-related books! I am addicted to the O'Reilly library, and check your catalog twice a week to see if you have published a book on [insert hot new technology here] yet, because I know that I cannot waste my money on the hack jobs published by your competitors (hrrm, *Sams*).


So publish more books! Faster! ;)


Seriously, congrats on 25 great years, and here's to 25 more years of me giving you my hard-earned cash for great product!


Live Long and Prosper!
-Josh

-- Josh Glover

 

Curse you, O'Reilly, for setting such a high standard for Unix-related books! I am addicted to the O'Reilly library, and check your catalog twice a week to see if you have published a book on [insert hot new technology here] yet, because I know that I cannot waste my money on the hack jobs published by your competitors (hrrm, *Sams*).


So publish more books! Faster! ;)


Seriously, congrats on 25 great years, and here's to 25 more years of me giving you my hard-earned cash for great product!


Live Long and Prosper!
-Josh

-- Josh Glover

 

I still remember when I got my first llama (mainly because my wife never lets me forget how much money I spent on caffeine.) Now I have 3 full shelves of your books which I guard preciously.
Kudos on 25 awesome years!

-- Alain Vandendorpe

 

O'Reilly books basically make the rest of the IT publishing industry redundant ;)


I'm sure I'll still be reading your books 25 years from now. Keep up the good work !

-- Serge Boucher

 

Congratulations on 25 years! It hardly seems a quarter century that we have seen the O'Reilly imprint. As I tell my university classes, "You will never go wrong if you buy an O'Reilly book on the subject."


So here's to another 25 and another...

-- jeff williams

 

There have been several times in my life where I have wondered whether or not I could afford a new t-shirt, but there has never been a time where I put down an O'Reilly book because I couldn't find the money. I can always afford knowledge (bribing friends may be involved, but I always get the money).


Thank you for making the best technical books around. I have been told that there are other companies out there that publish the same stuff. Generally I laugh at the person telling me this, then I hand them your product and watch as they start developing their own collection. I don't even consider other publishers when I need technical references, I simply head out to the bookstore and get one of your books (sometimes it may take a few stores, but you have almost always published what I need).


May the menagerie continue to grow ever wilder.

-- Matt Henkel

 

I am yet another programmer with a shelf full of invaluable O'Reilly books. Whenever I need to learn or reference something new, I go looking for an O'Reilly book on the topic. I also have long had a 1998 User Friendly comic strip on my cubicle wall (http://ars.userfriendly.org/cartoons/?id=19980725) which neatly sums up the techie-to-O'Reilly-book relationship.

The story I will share is actually about my software engineer brother who has two technical book collections with very specific purposes: when someone comes to him with a technical problem, he can direct them to browse the shelf of books for Idiots/Dummies, while he reaches for the shelf of O'Reilly books to find the answer.

-- Marian Casey

 

Have multiple O'Reilly books and enjoyed them all. Keep up the great work. I hope to be able to direct my son your way for all his technical book needs. Thanks O'Reilly. Look forward to the next 25.

-- Shreddie

 

you made me a unix-hacker, guys
ahhh, i'll never forget seeing your unix books in the library
and thinking "hmm, what is this?"
when i read just a little
quickly i started loving unix
and using unix
that was about 7 years ago
now i am a hacker
and whenever i need to learn something
i look for an o'reilly book about it
keep working
and
keep hacking :)

-- Ozan Turkyilmaz

 

From one furball to another.


Happy Anniversary from the gang at UserFriendly.org!

-- UserFriendly.org

 

I just wanted to let you know that O´Reilly is *by far* the best publisher of books for computer professionals.


The thing I like about your books is that they are focused on a specific subject. Books which try to cover everything about XML or Java or whatever are just EVIL! There are so many crappy computer books out there, it´s just inbelievable. Until now I bought about 20 O´Reilly books, and there was not a single bad one!


Thanks, and keep up the good work!



-- -Jan Harms

 

I started buying O'Reilly books when I took a UNIX class 5 years ago. The instructor used them for textbooks and I have kept every one as a reference book. I've taught UNIX and networking classes at a local community college for the last 3 years and also worked as a networking consultant. I use them to teach, suggest others to my students, and carry many of them as references when I'm working onsite. Their attention to OS details that many books ignore has probably saved my hundreds of hours of frustration.

-- Rich Fiscus

 

The first O'Reilly book I owned was the Camel. Before that, I had already borrowed a few from my employer's bookshelves, like Java in a Nutshell and JavaScript in a Nutshell. I've always been fascinated by the depth of information and the friendly and often humerous way it's presented in your books.


Since then, it became addiction, and I own at least one O'Reilly book on every computing-related topic I've ever been interested in - all the UNIX and Linux stuff, virtually every programming language at all and lots of special interest topics. So today, O'Reilly books cover at least three rows in a large bookshelve at home, a few are at work, and don't forget the desktop where a lot of them are frequently used.


Then, in 2001, I asked O'Reilly Germany whether they would like me to do a translation for them. Since then, I have co-translated or translated three books for them, which is always great fun because of the interesting titles themselves and because of the friendly, cooperative folks at O'Reilly's German office (which happens to be located in my home town, Cologne).


Congratulations for 25 years of publishing some of the world's gratest computer books! I'm happy and proud that I have - at least a little bit - contributed to your well-earned success.

-- Sascha Kersken

 

Congratulations!! I like O'Reilly books,especially related books for Unix/Linux. They're practical,effective. Thank you.

-- Chung-Liang Chu

 

My one claim to fame is that I first heard about Unix the same year that Tim O'Reilly did. I didn't actually get to work on it until a few years later, and all we had for documentation were bound copies of the man pages. I certainly could have used a copy of "Unix in a Nutshell" several years earlier.


If I don't have as many of your books as some of these writers (I only have 7 or 8 of them) it's because I don't spend all of my time doing computer work. Have you ever considered branching out into other fields? How about, "X-ray Diffraction in a Nutshell" or "Semiconductor Manufacturing Yield Enhancement: The Missing Manual"?


My hat's off to you guys. I hope you stick around for at least another 25 years.

-- Paul Martin

 

thanks for being there - thanks for making life as a geek so desireable. nuff´said

-- daniel koening

 

Happy Anniversary !
Its the Silver Jubilee year and I am grateful that Tim got introduced to Unix some 25 or more years ago.


I have over 15 books in my collection and everyone of them has been read cover to cover. In fact i built my first business (it was an ISP) using the sendmail and perl book.


I owe most of my career to these books which i cant say for my computer engineering formal education (;-).


Looking forward to the 50th anniversary!



-- Gautam Godse

 

I have been a happy ORA books avid reader for several years now. 'Unix in a nutshell' was one of my favorites, so I had to buy the 'Unix CD bookshelf', of course! I loved it and it has saved my neck on diverse occasions. I was about to buy the 'Perl CD bookshelf', but alas, it was a bit of overkill, as I already have two of the titles. Here's an idea: why not sell 'Bookshelves-On-Demand' ? Say a customer orders a customized CD with the books she/he needs the most: Learning Perl, Unix in a nutshell, Learning Python, Programming in Perl and the DBI, LPI Linux certification, you name it. After three weeks [hopefully... 8)] the user gets his/her own bookshelf, custom-made. For sure I would be getting a couple to say the least.

-- Pedro Galvan

 

In Puertorico island they don't now about you ,but I keep fallowing the technology,so "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" !!!

-- ppp1666@hotmail.com

 

Many's the time that when my accordion could not save my bacon, an O'Reilly book did.


A couple of years ago. I'd was going to start work with a new client on the day after I returned from a week-long bacchanal at Burning Man. I was expected to be reasonably versant in Python -- which I'd never programmed in before -- on my first day back. I could bring my laptop to the desert, but I'd be cut off from from any online sources of information on Python.


Luckily, I'd picked up a copy of "Learning Python" on my way to the airport. It turned out to be all I needed to get to speed fairly quickly. Books on programming are often difficult to read under the best conditions -- I can think of no higher praise than saying that "Learning Python" gave me just what I needed in the middle of a desert party with thousands of people getting in touch with their inner freak.


A filet mignon on a flaming sword for O'Reilly!

-- Joey deVilla

 

Yes, I do treasure ORA books. Got dozens over the years, but I must plead, once again, for the return of RepKover. Only this binding makes it possible to actually keep my NutShell(s) open and readable next to my monitor. I haven't stopped buying, just slowed down.

-- Robert Young

 

My first exposure to your books was _Unix in a Nutshell_ when my University's ACM chapter started selling copies to raise funds. I can't think of a project I've been involved with in the decade and a half since that hasn't been helped out in one way or another by an O'Reilly title.


Even though they're way out-of-date and I no longer use them, my well-worn set of first-edition X books (including the oft-forgotten Volume Zero) and copy of _!%@::_ are the things on my bookshelf I prize most (followed closely by some Koosh balls and a small arsenal of Nerf weapons).


Thanks to everyone there for putting out the best books on computer-related subjects, bar none. I'm looking forward to being able to bequeath all twenty-nine editions of _Programming Perl_ to someone. :-)


-- Mark Feit

 

O'Reilly books are renowned here in the UK. The unix and linux admin's bookshelf must contain at least some of your works ; I myself have used your books many times to get out of some pretty bad holes. I can't recommend O'Reilly highly enough to my colleagues. Keep on doing what you're doing.

-- Tony Lambert

 

I know I'm in for a technically-detailed job interview, in a wonderfully challenging place to work, when one of the first questions the interview panel asks is "What do you use for reference?". I always reply "O'Reilly books are a Godsend, I collect them like people collect stamps." and someone from the panel nods knowingly and says "They're my favorite too." Those are the places I love to work. They know a quality publication when they see one.


As well, the books don't take up nearly as much space in my bookcase as the not-as-useful, 1000+ page, hardcover Microsoft publications, and have at least 3 times the information :-) . Happy birthday and many more!

-- L.A. Smith

 

I just counted 16 O'Reilly books sitting on my desk, and there's at least a dozen on the next desk over. I use them all regularly, and they get borrowed all the time as well.

-- Bruce Blackshaw

 

I've been buying O'Reilly titles for 10 years or so, and even though they tend to be more expensive than other publishers, I buy them anyway because I can trust the quality.


The lastest addition to my collection is the ActionScript MX book by Colin Moock (It was just released in December). There were numerous other publishers that released this topic months ago, yet I still waited patiently for its release (it was well worth it).


As well, I appreciate some of the 'different' titles that you have available, such as "Physics for Game Programming" and "Perl for Bioinformatics". I would also appreciate some theory-oriented books.


Thanks again and Happy Birthday....
(and to celebrate, I am thinking of adding another animal to the zoo, perhaps OOP with Actionscript).


Keep Up the Good work!



-- Michael Dilts

 

I have always been loyal to O'Reilly books. I also go to the O'Reilly site to buy them because I want them to remain and keep doing good things. I only had one bad experience. I sent myself to a PERL conference. They were out of PERL conference T-shirts! I was told that they would rectify that and I would have a chance to get one. That never happened and I was sorely disappointed.

-- Jennifer Mead

 

Finest Books Available, Often containing detail to a much lower level than other books - and just the right price. Well done, and here's to another 25 years.

-- Simon Patterson

 

I'm pretty young; only 29. So, I haven't been using O'Reilly products for very long (in the grand scheme of things). However, I discovered O'Reilly products in college and have never found another resource that provides such consistently high quality information. I view O'Reilly as the technical text standard - to which every book I've read must be compared. Thanks for making such a wonderful product over your 25 year history! There's no documentation I'd rather have!!!

-- Scott Wilson

 

My first O'Reilly books were the X11 books, each one from the series that had ever been published (as fare as I remember, the Xview book never made it into print). I was never let down by them, and I was never let down by any other O'Reilly book, with one exception.


I once made the mistake to buy the German translation of the first Perl book. What a desaster! I actually wrote a complaint to O'Reilly, just to vent some steam. I didn't expect a reply. Much to my surprise a guy called Tim O'Reilly answered. It was obvious from the reply that Tim deeply regretted the publication of this translation and that he had no intention to work with the publisher doing the translation ever again. And I have never seen another O'Reilly translation from that publisher. Tim ensured that I got compensated for the horrible book.


Since then I stick to the originals. All I would like to see is that some of the older books get some rework and republishing. This was one of the original O'Reilly concepts: To publish updates of a book when new information becomes available.

-- Frank Schuster

 

I learned Java from "Java in a Nutshell" (1st edition), though it did contain a couple of errors (stuff Sun changed between the betas and the 1.0.2 public release). The XML and JSP pocket references have also come in very handy.


A pity you dropped the toy covers of the Java series, though... they made the books (like "Java and XML") stand out.


Argh, this jubilee reminds me there are a ton of books I need to buy...

-- Tor Iver Wilhelmsen

 

I probably own enough O'Reilly books to have full-stake equity in the company by now! My first book was the camel book, and since then, your books are my first choice for everything. I've actually waited for books to come out from your company, even if someone else had books on the subject (for instance, PHP books).


The one thing that I would like to see is a return to the focus on Unix. A lot of the books out there now focus on an application or a tool and talk about it, but don't talk about how to use these tools together to take full advantage of them.


For instance, I had submitted a proposal to O'Reilly concerning a title which had a very Unix-centric focus, and it was turned down because it "didn't fit the format". All I can say to this is how does "Developing Applications with Mozilla" fit the bill? I'd like to see some theory-oriented books come out of O'Reilly like the one I proposed, as currently Addison Wesley and Prentice Hall are getting all of my business in this arena.


Aside from that, keep up the great work, and perhaps update a few of the older texts, such as the make book? There's a new generation waiting to harness these tools, and a lot of the material is dated.

-- Clifford Oravec

 

Bookshelves, (and more importantly what occupy them), are a major element of the aesthetics of my apartment. My O'Reilly books stand up well next to Joseph Mitchell and W. B. Yeats.

-- Douglas Hunter

 

My first O'Reilly book was the thin Learning Unix (owl book) about 10 years ago. I used it as the text in my "Introduction to Unix" classes. After that, whenever I visited the computer book section of the bookstore, I always turned to the O'Reilly books first. O'Reilly books are the anti-Dummy books: books written in a clear uncluttered style for the intelligent reader. I consider "Learning Perl" perhaps the best produced introductory book on any technical subject and ranks with "The TeXbook" as one of the best computer books I have used. (Now all you need is a line of more specialized-topic books.)

-- Adam L.

 

My O'Reilly books are my bible :) Where my most favourite one is my fat big PERL one :)


All my O'Reilly books are wonderful helpful silent companions who help me all the time everywhere.


If there is a Problem, a quick glance into one of my books and the problem is solved. If live would be that easy all the time. What about a new sub-series? Woman in a nutshell? Girlfriends - Pocket reference?


greetings from Tokyo/Japan :)

-- Clemens Schwaighofer

 

I tell all of my consulting clients the same thing when it comes to buying reference and training material: if it has an animal on the cover and says "O'Reilly," you know you are buying a quality product. Your high internal standards, coupled with your support of open-source and other innovations, makes your company one of only a few I can recommend without reservation. Happy birthday, and please keep up the good work for another 25 years.

-- Neil Wehneman

 

I've lost track of all the O'Reily books I've used, but the first one I ever owned was "Unix in a Nutshell" purchased almost 10 years ago. O'Reily books are the friendly face of a guide when your lost, or Gandalf showing up in the darkest night. When you have a really scary learning curve ahead of you, you know with an O'Reily book that a) you're getting advice from people who really do understand the landscape, b) they're seasoned travellers in this strange land and they can guide you around the swamps, and c) you're going to be OK now.


That Unix in a Nutshell book is *still* with me (having followed me through 4 companies). I've lent it to UNIX-illiterate colleagues who always return it to me with gratitude and a sworn oath to buy their own copy (which they always do). The O'Reily books are probably responsible for my career having the long and successful career I have. Thank you everyone who wrote these books!


P.S. Larry Wall: I owe you several beers for all the times Perl has saved my ass.

-- Travers Naran

 

As someone who found O'Reilly books late in life (1993), I've come to appreciate and respect their titles. Like others, I look for O'Reilly books on topics first, and ignore all the other '... in 24 hours', or '... in 7 day' books. They quality and presentation all pale in comparison!


And finally, when mentoring new programmers, I always tell them... "first thing you do, is go out and buy the O'Reilly book on ... and then come back to me if you still have any questions. If you do, then I'll interpret the book for you!"


Looking forward to another 25 years of excellent writting and editing!

-- Fulko Hew

 

It was 1994. I had just exited NCR after the AT&T buyout and was helping a friend convert her Hyatt Legal Services firm to an indepentant law firm. (Joel was shutting down Hyatt in preparation to run for the Senate.) They had a AT&T UNIX 386 system, which was rented, and I was moving them to SCO running on 486. Armed with SCO UNIX In A Nutshell, Esssential System Administration, Using UUCP and Managing UUCP (because our SCO didn't have a TCP/IP stack), I actually managed to pull this off. The system ran without any major problems for four years, when they finally abandoned SCO. Since then I've purchased many, many more O'Reilly books and am now an independent computer consultant.


Thanks Tim and everyone at O'Reilly. I couldn't have done it without you.

-- Charles Rutledge

 

Congratulations, Tim. Great to see you going strong after all these years.


I worked with Tim when he was a tech writer at Masscomp, a Unix real-time systems manufacturer outside Boston. He was working on producing the first books for his fledgling publishing house. I helped to proofread a couple of the early ones, I particularly remember the uucp/Usenet book. They were GBC comb-bound, in the tradition of the Unix manuals, but they went into considerably greater detail, and were much more infomative than the sparse man pages or Bell Labs tech memos that served as docs at that time.


These days, software and publishing are big businesses, and there are many publishers who mass produce the flavor of the month. When Tim started publishing Unix docs, there was a small dedicated Unix hacker community with a real need, and Tim addressed it. While I'm sure he wanted his company to grow and prosper, Tim did it by producing a quality product rather than by cutting corners or pandering to the masses. Among other reasons, I'll always respect him for that.

-- Andy Tannenbaum

 

When I first started getting more involved in computer science, my uncle suggested to me that I read a few O'Reilly books to help familiarize myself with the unix environment, which was completely alien to me at the time. He being an accomplished electrical engineer and a veteren programmer/systems developer, I figured that he knew what he was talking about. Since purchasing "Running Linux", my O'Reilly collection continues to grow, and the knowledge they contained were invaluable to me.


Without O'Reilly, I don't know where I'd be.

-- Ben

 

Ever since I bought my first O'Reilly book (Perl in a Nutshell) in 1999, I've been expanding my library with them. They've been a valuable resource and I can't imagine not having them within hands reach. Thanks to all the authors and the publisher that made it possible. Happy Anniversary and keep it up!

-- Hendrik Van Belleghem

 

As I cut my teeth on UNIX in the late '80s, O'Reilly books were my pacifiers. Thanks for the fantastic ride, Tim!


-- Tony

 

My first O'Reilly book had me hook line and sinker. I was the proud owner of a number of technical books and how-to's at that point, all of which disapointed me in one way or another. Either they were arrogantly written and assumed the reader had a degree in computer science, programming, and an expert knowledge of every language under the sun, or they talked down to the reader--either way, they were NOT targeted at the market they were aiming for. I used them for what I could get out of them.


Then I discovered O'Reilly, and the clean concise manner of writing, accuracy of information, and level headedness all laid out in an visually attractive manner with everything just perfect for my needs, from the size of the text to the content.


Now when I need to purchase a book, I always look to see if O'Reilly has a book on that topic--and usually end up buying it after flipping through for a minute. Needless to say, I've got a zoo on my bookshelf.

-- Sara

 

Larry Wall's book on PERL was my first (what can I say, I'm young) and I have loved O'Reilly's books since. Very few publishers can keep the standard of quality and wealth of knowledge.


I also appreciate the free books that you have published (Linux Device Drivers...) That is definitely a step in the right direction, something that other publishers are loath to accept.


Thanks a ton, and Happy Birthday.


-- Vikram Aggarwal

 

I still have (and cherish) my lint and make books from the late 80's/early 90's. I ruled because I had something other than the Sun man pages to go by. O'Reilly books remain the best way to get that competitive edge, keep it up!

-- Tom Maszerowski

 

Congratulations on 25 years.


My O'Reilly story goes like this. I was at Esther's conference, probably in 1995, probably in Phoenix. A session had just ended. I stood up and as I collected my things, a very average-looking bespectacled man was smiling at me. I looked at his badge. "Oh Tim O'Reilly," I said. "I've been wanting to meet you."


The rest is history. ;->


Many happy returns to the constant pot-stirrers at O'Reilly. May we never be complacent.

-- Dave Winer

 

I still have my first Nutshell handbook. It had a comb-binding, and had a brown cover with a picture of an acorn on it, so it pre-dates the advent of O'Reilly animals. It was 1987, and I had just discovered Usenet in my then-new job at the home of UNIX, AT&T. I was looking for more information about how to get the most out of this neat tool, and all the people in the newsfroups were lauding a book by this little company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that made the most UNIX-savvy books. So I sent away for a copy of "Managing UUCP and Usenet" and learned so much about the way things worked on this nascent network. I used to tell people that it was the book that changed my life; that's probably still true, come to think of it. I probably wouldn't have been net-savvy enough to pick up on the web when I did without it, for example, which deflected my career in the direction of making web sites. Not to mention that I met my future wife on Usenet.


The other early O'Reilly book I had wasn't actually published by O'Reilly & Associates. It was a copy of the classic "UNIX Text Processing" written by Tim O'Reilly and Dale Daugherty. Working for a technical publications group at AT&T as a Production Editor, the book was my Bible, and had all the answers to the esoteric questions I was asking about troff, vi, macros, and all the other arcana involved in making books with baling wire and string. I was pretty generous with my books, loaning them out as needed, but I never let "UNIX Text Processing" out of my sight. But then, none of the other Production Editors needed to borrow it, because they all had copies of their own.


Nowadays, I could probably fill an entire bookcase with my O'Reilly books. Happy 25th Anniversary!

-- Ralph Brandi

 

You can have my camel and llama books when you pry them out of my cold dead hands. Happy 25th!

-- Jason Kottke

 

I first encountered O'Reilly books during an automata class in college a few years back. Regular expressions were giving me some trouble and, since I'm a voracious reader, my first impulse was to go find a book. The only one whose title seemed applicable was Mastering Regular Expressions. Of course, Perlish regexes have little to do with CS regexes, but I did get hooked on animal books. I basically learned Perl from Jeffrey Friedl! Of course, I soon acquired camels, rhinos, cows, gnus, sea bass, toys and a veritable menagerie of other beasties. I think I was one of the first people to notice the switch for the Java series from toys to animals because I spend so much time wandering around the O'Reilly sponsored sites. I'm definitely an O'Reilly evangelist, because the books have made my job that much easier. Thanks!

-- Eric Lind

 

Congratulations on your efforts to select and publish great computer related books. I learned about your company 2 years ago. Since then I have bought 10 books, from "JavaScript" to "Java and XML." Many times my friends ask me for a computer books company on the Internet. I tell them, Do not look further! Look at www.oreilly.com. They have all you need!


Thanks O'Reilly!

-- Fernando Cardoso

 

In a nutshell, your books rock! The entire company was in a flurry the other morning because our online registration began reporting errors. The faulty code was isolated by the error reports, and after 54 seconds of reading my O'Reilly In a Nutshell book and four keystrokes, the problem was solved.


You guys set the standard for technology documentation. I'll buy O'Reilly for the rest of my life.

-- Brandon Christensen

 
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