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Unix System Programming (2nd Edition) 2nd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0201877588
ISBN-10: 0201877589
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From the Back Cover

The UNIX operating system has become a key part of the technology landscape as we move into the 21st century. There are now a huge number of large-scale data management and transaction-processing systems built on UNIX platforms, and UNIX is at the core of the server backbone of the Internet. 'The new edition of this highly successful book for professional programmers provides a lucid and well structured guide to developing UNIX software in the C language, and has been updated to reflect the more distributed environments typical of current IT solutions.

UNIX System Programming concentrates on a detailed study of the UNIX system call interface - the programming interface between the UNIX kernel and application software running in the UNIX environment - and additionally covers some of the more important subroutine libraries.

Features
  • fundamental techniques are developed in depth and are fully supported with program examples
  • highly relevant to the two important standards - the X/OPEN portability guide and the IEEE POSIX standard
  • strong emphasis on exercises and examples throughout
New to this edition
  • more on signals and signal handling
  • more on inter-process communication using pipes
  • more on advanced inter-process communications and the terminal
  • whole section on sockets

From a wealth of experience of developing system and application software, and a real appreciation of the needs of UNIX system programmers, the authors fully appreciate that computing is not a spectator sport. By exploring both system calls and subroutine libraries they give the reader a practical appreciation of when not to re-invent the wheel, as well as a better understanding of the internal workings of this still elegant operating system.



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About the Author

Keith Haviland is a partner in Accenture. Among other responsibilities, he co-founded and leads its London Solution Centre, now a major 800-seat development center which undertakes complex development projects for Accenture including much e-commerce work. He is the lead author of UNIX Systems Programming, a successful guide to this major operating system first published in 1987, which according to Amazon has been hot in Albany, New York. His specialist areas include UNIX, technical architecture, e-commerce solutions and technology, and software solution delivery excellence at all scales. Most importantly, Keith has four energetic children who all clearly belong to the digital era.

Ben Salama works for SHL Systemshouse.



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Product Details

  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley; 2 edition (December 9, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0201877589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201877588
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a comprehensive (but not exhaustive) and pedagogical introductory text on system programming, and find yourself intimidated by other books, such as Stevens' Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, then this would be a wise choice. The explanations are clear and it has lots of simple examples to illustrate the concepts. After you work through this book, you'll be ready for the more serious and exhaustive texts (like Stevens).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bob on September 29, 2009
Format: Paperback
a college professor in college made us buy this book for his class, and i'd give him a big kiss on the lips if i saw him today, because this book has helped me a lot. that statement says a lot, because i am a dude, and i'm not a fan of kissing other dudes.

you will not find huge examples of code in this book. there are no big projects in it. what you will find is a great breakdown of a lot of UNIX functions for C, and small, detailed examples of how to use them. it has everything from how to handle time, how to use sockets, how to read/write data to files, and a lot of other things.

sometimes when you're working on a project, you forget the little things, and you will ask yourself something like "how do i make sure a file exists before i try to read it in?", or "how do i use a semaphore again?". this is the book that answers all of those little questions that you will have over the course of a project.
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By Amazon Customer on March 8, 2002
Format: Paperback
After reading more I decided to keep the book. I changed my rating from two to four stars. I want to be fair to the book; It is much better than initially stated. In terms of the source code... it is not too much of an issue; the code is compact and to the point (still better if they provided the code).
I did buy Practical UNIX Programming and are using both books. Along with UNIX System V Network Programming by Rago, I have the necessary stepping-stones into the Steven's Books (TCP 1-3, Advanced UNIX, UNIX Network Programming Vol1-2, etc).
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
What can I say? If someone would even consider returning a book (and jumping to a two-star review) because the authors didn't make the source code available and feels it a waste of time to type and debug the code then perhaps this individual should consider a different career than programming -- one that requires less typing.
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