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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Book!, 20 April 2008
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This review is from: The Linux Programmer's Toolbox (Prentice Hall Open Source Software Development) (Paperback)
I had this book in my "saved for later" section of the shopping cart on amazon for nearly a year. It got on my list after a favourable review in a linux magazine -- i forget which one now.

Eventually i took the plunge and bought it. Wow! This has been the best Linux / Unix programming reference since i bought the APUE (Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment) book by Stevens / revised & updated by Rago.

This book is not far off of the APUE book in calibre. I seriously mean that. It's not quite there -- owing mostly to the fact APUE is about 3x times the number of pages and thusly more informative.

If you're looking for a top notch, hands on tutorial with pretty much all tools a C/C++ dev on Linux will need to be familiar with -- this is it!

This book gives best results to the reader with at least a little experience & familiarity with C programming & Linux -- it's a text on the tools to help a programmer, not "My first steps in C dev on Linux".

My day job is sysadmin, not developer, but i keep sharp on my c skills in order that i can best support my production environment, and the developers feeding code into that env. This book just earned itself a spot on my desk.

Can't recommend this book highly enough, it does exactly what it says on the cover. I will be looking for more titles from John Fusco as the author has a talent for technical writing, i never lost interest for a second.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - much more than a "Toolbox", 13 April 2009
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"Toolbox" doesn't do justice to this book. More an aerospace standard maintenance facility with a large staff of eager expert technicians.

The information provided on the kernel and techniques for actually using the tools effectively, in themselves, make the book essential. It may not cover every tool you ever want but it's pretty close and you won't regret buying it anyway.

This and "Embedded Linux Primer" should be first on every embedded Linux developer's reading list.
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