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easily understandable examples,
This review is from: Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook (Paperback)Lakshman treats the reader to a gentle introduction to the understanding and writing of shell scripts under linux. It should also be said that much of the book's examples hold true for the various unixes out there, including notably Apples Mac OS X.
The commands covered by the book are deliberately not exhaustive. Instead, the focus is on the most common commands and from a top down vantage, the most common needs you are likely to encounter. Plus, you don't need to be a system administrator to execute many commands in the examples. Any user can try out wc, cat, head and mkdir, for example.
Another characteristic of the text is that the examples tend to be very short, compared to code snippets from texts dealing with full programming languages. Lakshman confines the examples to where you can quickly grasp what's going on, and also easily type them out yourself and see what you get on your system.
Granted, the complexity does increase somewhat as you progress into the book. Like using wget to download many pages from the web, or running ifconfig to set up networking. There is much more you can learn here, and the book is a good start.