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Unix Shell Programming [Hardcover]

Lowell Jay Arthur
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13 Sep 1990
This revised and expanded 2nd edition guides Unix users and programmers through the intricacies of writing efficient and effective Unix shells. It includes coverage of the emerging IEEE standard for Unix shell programming and up-to-the-minute information on facilitating windowing, systems documentation, desktop publishing and hypermedia within the Unix environment. This book provides readers with many expanded examples of Unix shell scripts and covers all aspects of shell commands, syntax and control structures.

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (13 Sep 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471518204
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471518204
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 19.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,531,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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UNIX Shell is a power tool for programmers
I learned UNIX and Shell at Bell Labs in the 1970s. I found it was a rapid prototyping tool, a personal assistant, and a way to be more productive. The power of Shell is the ability to try out ideas quickly, rapidly converging on solutions. Then you can decide whether to code it in another language or just leave it in shell. This book focuses on applied shell programming, not specific tools like grep or awk, but how to compose programming tools and application software quickly and easily. Discover the Power of Unix Shell. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Harness the power of shells . . . for the Internet and beyond Completely revised and updated to include the latest developments in Internet and business applications, UNIX Shell Programming, Fourth Edition provides comprehensive coverage of Bourne, Korn, C, and BASH shells. Using a specially developed three–step process, this invaluable guide takes you through the entire universe of UNIX shell, from simple commands and programming to the world of software developers and system administrators. Using this comprehensive book, you′ll be able to choose the shell that′s right for you –whatever your needs or background. UNIX Shell Programming, Fourth Edition gives you: ∗ Practical guidance on how to create CGI scripts, object warehouses, and reuse catalogs ∗ Everything on shell extensions for management of distributed environments ∗ A special shell reference appendix containing real–life examples that you can use right now Visit the book′s companion Web site at www.wiley.com/compbooks/unixshell --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well, *I* think it's a great book! 2 July 1999
By A Customer
I don't understand all the negative reviews here. Perhaps they're expecting something else out of this book: intro to programming, or hello world or something. Yes, it's a fairly advanced book, but that's what I wanted in the first place! I am writing this review because I came to this page to buy another copy of this book: I keep wanting a copy at home for hacking on my Linux box!
Any basic tutorial can show you how to do basic if/then/else and loops and basic syntax rules. You need a book when you want to do something harder: mathematics, complicated scripts, etc. Best of all, it doesn't just cover Bourne and C shells: it also covers the Korn and Bourne Again shells (ksh & bash).
This is not one of those books that was hacked out in four weeks because Technology X just became hot and every book publisher on the planet is scrambling to spit out 1600-page shelf-benders. The authors have taken a lot of time to put together a truly useful book.
Books don't reach a fourth edition if they are so bad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 15 Feb 2000
By A Customer
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I'm with Warren Young (see other reviews for this book). As someone who is not a programmer but is familiar with some computing concepts, I found this to be the only Unix reference book I have ever read which actually talks to me in English and genuinely helps me to step through concepts. I have borrowed the book from a friend and am just about to buy it for myself.
I'm not quite sure what its target audience is but thank God the authors are not trying to submerge me in technical babble from the start. It is a good book to read, to understand and to allow concepts to soak in with relatively little pain. Unlike the Unix man pages, which I often find quite unreadable, this book explains things at a level I can follow and builds up to more complex ideas at a comfortable pace.
I suspect it will not meet the needs of those who already have extensive Unix knowledge but for those of us who occupy that strange twilight world where we are not absolute beginners but are not knowledgable gurus either, I would recommend the book as extremely useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars No, it's not perfect, but... 6 Mar 2003
I am an IT contractor with 14 years of experience. A few years ago I had an interview for a contract on the strength of the small exposure I had to UNIX Shell. I knew that to carry on paying the mortgage I was going to have to be pretty impressive in this area.
I already had the "Unix in a Nutshell" which is excellent, especially for understanding shells written by other people. However, I knew that I was going to need a framework of understanding if I was going to be able to knock a script together from scratch. I was also going to have to be able to read something that was presented in a very readable "start to finish" manner.
This book provided me with this basic understanding. Taking me from the description of the various flavours of Unix shell, through to the login process, regular expressions, pipes, redirection and then on to how the commands "work".
I will concede that there are some typos, and various features described that I have never found in any of the sites at which I've worked. But after a weekend of unremitting reading and taking notes, and rereading, this book got me a job and earned me money. That's the bottom line.
It is for experienced and capable IT professionals who have no broad understanding of the UNIX world. It will take you from a person with no UNIX credibility to someone who sounds like they've been doing it for a year or so. The commands and their options should be tackled with "UNIX in a Nutshell". With a book you can quickly flick from one page to another, cross referencing and sticking postits around the place - you can't do that with the man command.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Just another vanilla Unix book 3 Dec 1998
By A Customer
Someday, someone will write a good book on Unix scripting. This isn't the one. This one lacks solid examples, and does a very poor job explaining how to implement Unix scripts in the REAL world. The authors appear to have rummaged through the Unix man pages for most of the book's content, but fail to give the reader anything more than what the man pages provide. The lack of solid examples in this book leaves the reader with the impression that the authors do not really understand the subject, and are simply regurgitating the Unix man pages. For the few examples that do exist, there are far easier ways to solve the same problems with many fewer commands.
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As well as covering the basics of UNIX shell scripting, the book also provides a lot of good tips on using scripts for RAD development. The clowns who gave this book bad reviews have some personal axe to grind because I've found it invaluable in my day-2-day work as a UNIX based RDBMS DBA. It offers a really good exposition on regular expressions, far more lucid than in the (otherwise excellent) Nutshell books on Sed, AWK and Perl. In short, if you're new to UNIX shell scripting or if you've learnt a bit by reading other peoples scripts, this book will give you a really powerful weapon in you admin arsenal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the Bad Reviews 10 Nov 2008
This book not only covers the fundamentals of shell programming, it's a master work on the basics of prototyping and code reuse. I started work as a programmer in the bad ol' 3 GL days and eventually ended up working in a .NET C# environment. Looking back on this uni text book, I'm still amazed at just how relevant its content still is to the OO world. Not to mention that as a Windoze dweller I'm still able to keep my hand sharp in the UNIX/LINUX mode simply by referring back to it. My staff all think I'm a wizard. This book and Howe's Data Analysis for Database Design have kept me employed for 18 years.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Where's the shell?
I don't like reading negative reviews. However this one is necessary as a warning. I was not being facetious, when I asked where is the shell? Read more
Published on 30 Sep 2003 by bernie
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad!!
If you have a hard time to sleep then start reading this book it will make you sleep, guaranteed.
Published on 16 July 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
If you want a book on unix shell programming...save your money and don't buy this one. The examples are faulty. Read more
Published on 26 Jun 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even waste time to look at the cover!
This is the WORST textbook I've ever seen. I had wasted lots of time to read it but learn nothing from it. I don't want to waste time to comment too much. Read more
Published on 21 May 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have read the reviews.
A helpful programming book can take one of two forms: a well structured reference or an insightful tutorial. This book is neither. Read more
Published on 29 Mar 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Save a tree and don't buy this book.
This book is filled with confusion. The authors do not appear to fully understand Unix shell programming. It is not a good reference or a good tutorial. Read more
Published on 25 Mar 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't even think about buying this book - You will regret!
The authors of this book provide an unorganized method to mislead the experienced readers about what they already understood and confuse the novices the concept of UNIX. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your money for the next one.
This book lacks real-world examples of implementation. The authors give you little more than what you can obtain from the Unix man pages. Read more
Published on 15 Dec 1998
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