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Gastón Festari

Gastón Festari is a scripting language enthusiast with over five years of experience and a firm believer in free, open source software. Currently working as a developer for Globant, he likes to spread the word about zsh at different meetups and events when away from the keyboard.


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Review: Learning Shell Scripting with Zsh 16 Mar 2014
By C. Neukirchen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
[Full disclosure: I have received a digital copy of the book in exchange for
this review.]

The book is titled "Learning Shell Scripting with Zsh: Your one-stop
guide to reading, writing, and debugging simple and complex Z shell
scripts" which could not be more wrong. A far more appropriate title
would have been: "Getting started with Zsh: Your guide to interactive use
and first steps of customization".

A first glance through the table of contents proves me right: There
are chapters on "Getting started", "Alias and History", "Advanced
Editing", "Globbing", "Completion", and "Tips and Tricks", but no
explicit mention of writing shell scripts for purposes other than
customization of an interactive shell.

I'm not completely sure of the target audience: The book assumes basic
familiarity with (Bourne) shell already, half-heartedly explains pipes
or redirections as well as how to define shell functions, but
e.g. there is no mention of how to pass or parse arguments. After a
single example of a very simple completion function in Chapter 5 (with
explanation), the reader is assumed know enough for writing his own
completions. I highly doubt that.

I found the book riddled with small mistakes, imprecise to wrong
explanations and plain terribly sloppy typesetting of the code
examples, which hurts particularly in a book about shell where syntax
is lax but proper newlines matter.
Examples are often not very well chosen and occasionally confusing
even to me, who is very familiar with the topic.

The over-emphatic style with its needless rambling and cheeky language
does not save the book but probably annoys the reader even more. (I
hope not to ever read "You know, because widescreen." in a book
again.) Without, a lot more actual content and perhaps a real
introduction to shell *usage* would have fit into these compact 118
pages.

The book finishes with a recommendation to read "From Bash To Z Shell"
next. All I can recommend is: better skip this book completely and
start with that one if you are interested in a good book about zsh.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Best Zsh Book 3 Feb 2014
By Norbert Kurz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I always use the bash for my daily work as a System Operator but always heared that the Z shell should be more powerful. And indeed it is. With this book as a good introduction to the alternative shell I mastered the Zsh very quick. This Book ist perfect if you have no knowledge of Zsh and maybe a bit bash knowledge, so if you are new or want to change the shell this should be the book of your choice. But it is not a Linux reference so if you want to learn Linux you should buy something else. The explanations are easy to understand and everything is also explained with an example. The only thing which can be a bit disturbing are the jokes, they can be funny but I won't promise it.

So I can recommend this book to anyone who has at least a bit of Linux knowledge and wants to learn the Z Shell. I can't guarantee you that you will enjoy the jokes but you will certainly learn how to use the best shell in an easy and memorizable way. The Author did a good Job
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Learning Shell Scripting with ZSH - "Don't judge a book by its cover!" 9 Oct 2014
By Daniel Balfour - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
C. Neukirchen posted a very appropriate review. This book introduces the reader to ZSH and focuses on customizing the shell rather then scripting. The editors were really asleep on the job here. This is a very poorly written book. It seems the author is more interested in humor and (an attempt at) eloquence then methodically developing and conveying ideas. Also, the book is peppered with material and typographical errors. If I could return my copy I would. Stopping short of listing alternatives, Ia google search for "ZSH tutorial" would certainly yield a host of freely available resources that would easily rival this book.
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