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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book I ever wrote, November 11, 2009
This review is from: Beginning Portable Shell Scripting: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in Open Source) (Paperback)
Having heard that authors frequently review their own books, I thought I'd give it a try. This is, without a doubt, the best book on portable shell scripting I have ever written. Sadly, it is also the worst book on portable shell scripting I have ever written.

What I can tell you is this:
* Before I started writing this book, I thought I was fairly expert in portable shell scripting.
* I learned a lot more writing this book than I knew before I started writing it.
* This book has ended up being one of my key desk references, which is pretty funny, because you'd think I'd know this stuff by now.

I'm not totally happy with everything about this book. I'm giving it five stars anyway because I can't name anything I think is better for the purpose right now... But I wouldn't mind revising and expanding for a second edition.

Don't let the "beginning" throw you off; this book was a real eye-opener for me, and I'd been writing shell scripts for somewhere between fifteen and twenty years, including production software. On the other hand, if you've got a bit of programming experience, I like to imagine that you really could have this as your first introduction to the shell, and probably do just fine.
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Initial post: Mar 27, 2010 10:33:33 AM PDT
Paul Stivers says:
That was hilarious. Thanks. A very honest review.

Posted on Jan 8, 2011 1:41:21 PM PST
Steven says:
Hope you don't use bash in this book!
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