1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2007
I bought my copy of this book back in 2004 after reading a sample chapter online and needing to do some network programming. Since then I have referred to this guide on numerous occasions during various projects simply because it is so good.
Perhaps the most useful sections for me are the details on sockets (both local namespace and Internet domain sockets are covered), together with a very good overview of threading (with details on mutexes and semaphores). I have also made good use of the section on the Unix security functions.
At 256 pages (excluding appendices) this is never going to be the most detailed book available, though there is very little that I have come across that is not covered here.
If you are interested or involved in the more complex side of Linux programming then you certainly won't regret buying this - it is most definitely value for money.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2002
Advanced Linux Programming takes you through the most essential subjects of Linux Programming, and ends up in a complete example combining these subjects. I liked the chapters covering threads, interprocess communication and security in programming. In the appendix is listed information about low level IO and a good chapter covering debugging and profiling of code. This book does not cover all of Linux programming, but is quit short and easy to read. It serves well as a reference next time you for example have to write your own network server, or are writing a multi threaded program.
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 13 June 2001
As one of the technical editors of this book I can certainly recommend it to anybody who wants to learn Linux System Programming. The book is divided into two sections. The first covers generic UNIX system services, but with a particular eye towards Linux-specific information. This portion of the book will be of use even to advanced programmers who have worked with other UNIX systems since it will cover Linux-specific details and differences. For programmers without UNIX experience, it will be even more valuable. The second section covers material that is entirely Linux specific. These are truly advanced topics, and are the techniques that the gurus use to build great applications. While this book will focus mostly on the Application Programming Interface (API) provided by the Linux kernel and C library, a preliminary introduction to the development tools available will allow all who purchase the book to make immediate use of Linux.