on 14 June 1999
The KornShell Programming Tutorial should be the model for all technical books. It is well organized and extremely well written. The book provides a ton of examples, and output is provided for each one--what a concept! Reading this book has enabled me to write support and debugging scripts for the program I currently work on, and if I need to refer to the book, I can find the topic quickly. The writing style is crystal-clear and right-to-the-point, and the humorous touches round out everything nicely. Thanks to Barry Rosenberg for caring enough to write a book on Korn Shell programming that a novice could actually read, understand, and apply.
on 27 April 1999
This is an excellent book; as it says, it is "by example" - and every new topic has code and an explanation - which is the way to go! I would recommend this book for anybody starting out in Kornshell programming, or anybody who needs a useful reference for later on: rather than simply list the functions, the book's chapters organize "areas" of interest... so if you're writing a kornshell script, but need (and can't remember ;-) ) some math function, go to the manual and you'll get all the info you need! NOTE: this book is excellent for korn shell on UNIX and the U/WIN kornshell; however the mortice korn shell.. does not seem to be the same as is in this book...
on 13 May 1997
This book is an absolute pleasure to use. When I'm working on a scripting task and run into an obstacle, I want to be able to quickly get the information I need and move on. The numerous examples and thorough index make it possible for me to typically get an answer within a couple of minutes. With so many other books I get annoyed having to skip around for 20 or 30 minutes looking for information related to my specific problem. If you're the type who prefers reading concise examples of exactly what you want to do, as opposed to wading through vaguely related sections scattered throughout a book, then this book is your best choice.
on 7 March 1997
This is the best book on Korn shell programming I have
ever seen, or ANY shell programming, for that matter.
I have a hard time keeping track of my copy at work,
because my co-workers are always borrowing it. We just
looked it up here so they could buy their own copies and
leave mine alone!
This book is for experienced programmers as well as
beginners. It's a terrific reference.
on 9 October 1998
re: ISBN 0-201-56324-X pages 35 and 40 there is no `-R' option on page 35 (around the middle of the page that reads `print "$x minus $y is $z"') and the output is a negative number. BUT on page 40 (around the 3rd line from the bottom, where it reads `print -R "$loss"'), it says that the `-R' option is required to print negative numbers. Just wanted to point it out.