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Good for beginners, too low of a level for experienced folks
on February 7, 2011
Almost all the previous comments are so positive ... I almost hate to be a sour-puss.
The book could absolutely be very good for a person who is somewhat new to shell scripting. For someone who is fairly experienced with *nix scripting the scripts aren't anywhere near at the "wicked cool" level.
For me that level of praise would go to a book that started with code to manipulate the scripts in the rc related directories (determines the run level of a *nix system) and progressed substantially higher from there. The shell scripts that do web log analysis come the closest to the sort of stuff that would interest me.
I feel absolutely certain that Dave Taylor is 100% capable of producing a much more advanced shell book. This just isn't it.
Another commenter mentions that Mr. Taylor rejects csh as a scripting language. On that one I agree with Mr. Taylor. csh/tcsh can be nice as an interactive environment, but stick with sh/bash/ksh for writing scripts. ksh can also be a nice/powerful interactive shell once you climb the learning curve.
Quite good for someone who is starting out and also someone who has some experience and wants more.
Rather pedestrian for someone who is pretty experienced.
You can preview ALL of the shell scripts in the book by surfing to Mr. Taylor's domain and page for this book. Since Amazon "frowns" on addresses in the reviews the following could be a bit cryptic. His domain ends in com. The second level domain is on the next line. The third level domain is the traditional [...] The address is completed by "/wicked/" (no quotes).
Many of the scripts are available right on that page. A file with ALL of the scripts can be gotten. The file type is "TGZ." Both Linux/Unix commands and WinRAR can open that file. I suspect (but am not sure) that the freeware program 7Zip can also do it.