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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great, 16 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Unix Shell Programming (Paperback)
I have about 20 years Unix experience I really can't understand the praise that has been heaped on this book as it really is mediocre at best.

There are numerous problems:

- The text doesn't even mention 2 of the most useful commands - head and tail. No Unix text is really complete without including these.

- Chapter 4 rather amazingly assumes knowledge of line editors! Granted if the reader is familiar with line editors learning other parts of Unix is easier, but there hasn't been any real need to learn a line editor since the birth of vi!

- Interspersed throughout the text are questions in the form - what do you suppose the command/code...does? The questions are easy enough if you have read the book from start to finish but the questions often aren't even answered so are pretty useless for a novice as you can't even confirm that your answer is correct!

On the plus side, the book is very readable and unlike many texts, the examples are useful and not simply contrived to demonstrate each command.

I could really only recommend this book to Unix novices but even then, there are far better books around.
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