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UNIX System Programming: a Programmer's Guide to Software Development Paperback – 18 Nov 1998


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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (18 Nov 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201877589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201877588
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.8 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,504,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 July 1999
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If you're looking for a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) and pedagogical introductory text on system programming, and find yourself intimidated by other books, such as Stevens' Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, then this would be a wise choice. The explanations are clear and it has lots of simple examples to illustrate the concepts. After you work through this book, you'll be ready for the more serious and exhaustive texts (like Stevens).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Terrific introductory text 9 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) and pedagogical introductory text on system programming, and find yourself intimidated by other books, such as Stevens' Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, then this would be a wise choice. The explanations are clear and it has lots of simple examples to illustrate the concepts. After you work through this book, you'll be ready for the more serious and exhaustive texts (like Stevens).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Every C project I do, I use this book 29 Sep 2009
By Bob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
a college professor in college made us buy this book for his class, and i'd give him a big kiss on the lips if i saw him today, because this book has helped me a lot. that statement says a lot, because i am a dude, and i'm not a fan of kissing other dudes.

you will not find huge examples of code in this book. there are no big projects in it. what you will find is a great breakdown of a lot of UNIX functions for C, and small, detailed examples of how to use them. it has everything from how to handle time, how to use sockets, how to read/write data to files, and a lot of other things.

sometimes when you're working on a project, you forget the little things, and you will ask yourself something like "how do i make sure a file exists before i try to read it in?", or "how do i use a semaphore again?". this is the book that answers all of those little questions that you will have over the course of a project.
A second look 9 Mar 2002
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After reading more I decided to keep the book. I changed my rating from two to four stars. I want to be fair to the book; It is much better than initially stated. In terms of the source code... it is not too much of an issue; the code is compact and to the point (still better if they provided the code).
I did buy Practical UNIX Programming and are using both books. Along with UNIX System V Network Programming by Rago, I have the necessary stepping-stones into the Steven's Books (TCP 1-3, Advanced UNIX, UNIX Network Programming Vol1-2, etc).
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Don't Be So Lazy 16 April 2002
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What can I say? If someone would even consider returning a book (and jumping to a two-star review) because the authors didn't make the source code available and feels it a waste of time to type and debug the code then perhaps this individual should consider a different career than programming -- one that requires less typing.
Good book 6 Mar 2002
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A good technical book; A stepping-stone into Advanced UNIX Programming by Steven's.
As an alternative... I purchased Practical UNIX Programming by Kay A. Robbins, Steven Robbins, Kay, Ret Robbins. It is better priced and hardcover. The Contents are compatible to the above book and full source-code is on the Web.
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