From Library Journal
Johnson and Troan are Linux developers for Red Hat software, a company that distributes and supports the Linux operating system. This book will appeal to beginning programmers trying to understand how operating systems work in a general way as well as to advanced programmers porting software from UNIX systems to Linux. This book is recommended for large public and all university libraries.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Back Cover
This practical reference guides programmers developing Linux applications or porting applications from other platforms. Linux is fundamentally similar to Unixoso, much of the book covers ground familiar to Unix programmersobut this book consistently addresses topics from a Linux point of view. The aim throughout is to provide the detailed information you need to take full advantage of Linux.
If you are already a proficient Unix programmer, this book will greatly facilitate your transition to Linux. You will also find helpful discussions of some tricky Unix topics, such as process and session groups, job control, and tty handling.
If you are a C programmer, but know neither Unix nor Linux, reading this book in its entirety and working with its numerous examples will give you a solid introduction to Linux programming.
If you are already a Linux programmer, this bookis clear treatment of advanced and otherwise confusing topics will surely make your programming tasks easier.
Linux Application Development is divided into four parts. Part 1 introduces you to Linuxothe operating system, licenses, and documentation. Part 2 covers the most important aspects of the development environmentothe compilers, linker, loader, and debugging tools. Part 3othe heart of the bookodescribes the interface to the kernel and to the core system libraries, including discussion of the process model, file handling, directory operations, signal processing (including the Linux signal API), job control, the POSIX!= termios interface, sockets, and the Linux console. Part 4 describes important development libraries with interfaces more independent of the kernel.