- Paperback: 560 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (26 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596005954
- ISBN-13: 978-0596005955
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.8 x 23.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Classic Shell Scripting: Hidden Commands that Unlock the Power of Unix Paperback – 26 May 2005
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officially our new favourite text...its a jazzy, practical and fascinating book that totally took us by surprise. -- Linux Format Magazine, September 2005 - Paul Hudson
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The book is grounded in POSIX tools so does not take advantage of features present in the very latest Bash, Korn and Z shells, but it does mention that sometimes if you are willing to trade portability you can do things easier and quicker.
The book does not require a deep understanding of the Unix philosophy, but it does help to have used the basic Unix/Linux tools in the past. As well as shell, the book covers the standard tool-kit such as cut, head, tail, grep, sed and a large chunk of awk.
The book is well written and organised, and there are plenty of code snippets and explanations to keep you going. The book does not really cover the interactive use of shell, it really is all about scripting with shell as the title suggests.
If I have one problem with the book it is that there is an almost pathological avoidance of the dynamic languages such as Perl, Python and Ruby. Some of the longer shell examples would have been much better written in a more complete language such as Perl which are better suited to the larger tasks that shell is not designed for.
Combined with a good introductory books such as "Learning the Bash Shell" or "Learning the Korn Shell" you are well on the way to driving a Unix/Linux system without a mouse!
The title may mislead some into thinking that this book covers only scripting or is not suitable for starting to learn the *NIX shells. Nothing could be further from the truth. Taking the reader through the classic tools of unix, the authors then show how to bring those tools together and how to build continually more complex programs.
Also appreciated are the examples throughout the book. These examples, unlike some similar titles, are there in just the right amount. You don't feel swamped by pages and pages of code, nor lost with nothing to demonstrate what is being said. The examples are always relevant, allowing you to learn important principles and start writing your own code.
Overall, even if advanced users might not benefit as much from this book, it is still highly recommended read for anybody interested in using the power of the unix shell, either totally new users to the command line, or seasoned users with more experience. And surprisingly, This book remains accessible to both.
I can't overstate how much I have learned from them. Don't be naive, though. You will have to learn and memorize many things. The fact of owning neither book nor DVD will not make you knowledgeable, but if you will work it trough, there is a chance you will surprise many people around!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a complete guide to make you scripts! Recomend that! Help me to struct my script and make better choice for implementation.Published on 25 April 2014 by António Pós-de-Mina
This is the second time I purchased this book. I had to purchase it twice because it is a must have for any Unix/ Linux Administrator, Developer or Network engineer. Read morePublished on 1 May 2012 by Richard
This book closely resembles the Shell: Consistent, non-intuative, quirky, arcane, not self-explanatory. Read morePublished on 10 Mar. 2011 by Richtourist
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