The Unix Programming Environment Paperback – 1 Jan 2009
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Contents are same as US/UK editions. The reasons for the success of the UNIX system are several. It is written in 'C' which is versatile and effective featuring economy of expression, modern control flow and data structures. The system runs on a range of computers from microprocessors to the large main frames, thus having a strong commercial advantage. The source code is available and written in a high level language making the system easier to adapt to different requirements. It is in short a good operating system for programmers.This text will help better understanding to make use of this system both for new and seasoned user. Here the authors have mostly used real examples rather than artificial ones and all examples have been tested directly from the text which is in machine readable form.
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Unix programming environment might sound a rather ambitious title nowadays, when a tutorial on each specialized tool can easily exceed 400 pages. However, this one actually delivers everything that it promises. Kernighan and Pike start with the basic description of Unix file system and the basic set of commands, continue with the command shell, redirection and piping. Next come the filters: regular expressions, grep, sort, sed and awk. At that point, the reader is ready for the full-fledged treatment of the command shell programming. Next come standard I/O and Unix system calls, followed by the program development tools: make, lex and yacc. The course is concluded with a chapter on document formatting with troff.
The chapters on I/O and system calls imply familiarity with the C programming language. The already mentioned tutorial on C by Kernighan and Ritchie, written in much the same style and spirit, can serve as the introduction to it. Also, while the book keeps up with its age remarkably well, there are some points where the described Unix system differs from the modern POSIX systems (most user commands are however backward compatible and still accept the old syntax). The required changes are really minor, but can nevertheles annoy an innocent reader.
The book belongs to nowadays rare breed of books on computers written for engineers and CS students rather than for dummies and idiots.Read more ›
The book is written in a traditional, no-frills format but is easy to follow, with clear code examples.
Systems programming is not covered any great depth (To fill this gap I would recommend the advanced Unix programming books by Rochkind and Stevens).
For a book published 15 years ago, it inevitably misses newer additions (no coverage of C-shell, K-shell, vi, Perl, etc.). Despite this it is still the classic introduction to Unix programming.
There may be differences in commands depending on what distro you are running (Ubuntu/Fedora/ArchLinux etc) but nothing a bit of Googling won't take care of I'm sure.
This book is a great place to start learning the system from the bottom up & the inside out. If I can learn it, anyone can.
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A great introduction to programming for the Unix OS. Not the longest of books by any means, but what is there is clearly presented and well explained.Published 8 months ago by Mr. I. G. Cain
I don't want to put anyone off by saying some sections are a bit dated. (C STDIO is now largely replaced with C++ cin / cout constructs)
This is a fantastic book - a text... Read more