[nSLUG] Buying books: I take it back, partly
D G Teed
donald.teed at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 13:15:46 ADT 2007
For the shell, I learned with the help of Unix Shell Programming, by
Kochan and Wood. The "newer" one I have was published in 1990.
I don't see current books go into the same nuances.
This is the odd thing about learning the Linux OS - for those of us
who used Unix in the 80's we picked it up in the days
of relative infancy. Just finding all of the things
you could do from a shell prompt was so cool.
Learning it from a modern GUI-full, TCP-rich operating system
skips some of the foundations. I doubt that a student today
would spend part of an afternoon experimenting with each
type of shell test commands, or type 'cal 2008' as a first step
in thinking about planning something for next year.
On 10/17/07, Tyler Smith <tyler.smith at mail.mcgill.ca> wrote:
> I'd be very interested to hear what you folks would place among the
> true classics. I'm relatively new to linux, but the stuff that I've
> found most exciting so far are
> Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
> Norvig's AI Lisp book
> I haven't finished either of these yet, as they look to require the
> same sort of undivided attention that K&R did for full effect.
> Not exactly a classic, but O'Reilly's 'Classic Shell Scripting' was a
> solid introduction to the POSIX shell stuff.
> "Windows Vista includes an array of "features" that you don't want. These
> features will make your computer less reliable and less secure... less
> stable and run slower... And these features won't do anything useful. In
> fact, they're working against you." --Bruce Schneier
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