- Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly)
- Paperback: 630 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 3, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596526784
- ISBN-13: 978-0596526788
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #679,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Carl Albing is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the U.S. Naval Academy where he is teaching courses on programming languages and on High Performance Computing. Prior to this he was writing software for some of the biggest and fastest computers in the world as a software engineer for Cray, Inc. As an independent consultant, he is comfortable programming with C, Java, bash and much more. Carl is the coauthor of two books, one on Java development on Linux and his latest, the O'Reilly "bash Cookbook". A former software consultant, manager, analyst and programmer with an amazing breadth of software experience, Carl has worked with companies in the US, Canada and Europe. He has worked for large companies and small startups, in technical as well as in managerial and marketing roles. Carl's software projects, past and present, involve the design and development of distributed computing software, medical image processing applications, compilers, medical devices, web-based factory floor automation, and more. Carl's education includes a Ph.D. in Computer Science as well as a B.A. degree in Mathematics and an International MBA. He has spoken at conferences and training seminars in the US, Canada and Europe as well as local high schools and colleges. Carl enjoys speaking at user groups and seminars on Linux, C, Java, and bash topics.
JP Vossen has been working with computers since the early 80s and has been in the IT industry since the early 90s, specializing in Information Security since the late 90s. He's been fascinated with scripting and automation since he first understood what an autoexec.bat was, and was delighted to discover the power and flexibility of bash and GNU on Linux in the mid-90s. He has previously written for Information Security Magazine and SearchSecurity.com, among others. On those few occasion when he's not in front of a computer, he is usually taking something apart, putting something together, or both.
Cameron Newham lives in Perth, Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Science majoring in information technology and geography at the University of Western Australia, Cameron joined Universal Defence Systems (later to become Australian Defence Industries) as a software engineer. He has been with ADI for six years, working on various aspects of command and control systems. In his spare time Cameron can be found surfing the Internet, ballroom dancing, or driving his sports car. He also has more than a passing interest in space science, 3D graphics, synthesiser music, and Depeche Mode.
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With it, you can glean quick, easy to understand recipes that will point you in the right direction to creating useful scripts. Additionally, they emphasize solutions to certain pitfalls (and how to avoid them in the first place), and also some best practices when writing scripts and code. It isn't a total "cheat book", you definitely have to do some learning to even know what you're trying to do, and they don't spell everything out for you. But the "Discussion" section of each entry should do a good job in clearing up most questions.
I'm a bit of a fan of O'Reilly books and this is one that I use the most often, since bash is still a useful tool for any sysadmin/IT g[uy,irl].
#also, though they don't really make a strong case for it, this is a really great book to use with Macs.
From a quick thumb-through, I gathered that the rest of the book was just as concise and easy to navigate. Probably not great for complete linux n00bs, but it sure beats the bash man page!!! For anyone who uses the bash shell on a regular basis, whether for scripting or just running unix commands, this is absolutely indispensable. I have no idea how I got through 13+ years of unix programming without it.
Why? Because it concentrates on teaching you how to solve your problems. After a brief introduction and setting the basics the real depth begins: 1. a problem, 2. developing a solution, 3. evaluating the solution. And lots of examples. Naturally, the first step is to recognise that you have a problem, which the book also teaches you: some people tend to suffer while doing a repetitive and uninteresting chore but does not even occur to them that it does not need to be so: they can turn the chore into a hunt for automatisation putting their brain to some creative use, so instead of numbing their mind they start sharping it, and this is exactly where this book comes in.
Presently, amazon.com does not offer you a look into the book, but you can have a preview of every chapter and also a full view of the table of contents at the publisher's page: [...] Than come back here, as Amazon's price is much better. (At the time of writing this, there is a 37% discount.)
Your mileage may vary.
It's set up as a large collection of 1 or 2 or 3 page how-to's covering apparently everything you'll run across or need to do with shell scripts. Each how-to is set up as example code followed by thorough discussion. This worked really well for me -- I could see the specific code needed and then they explained the details of it. I came away knowing exactly what code to use while understanding how that code worked. Too often books give you code to use but you don't fully understand it or they explain topics without giving you the specifics to get your task accomplished right then and there.
I started off just reading the first 100 pages so I got the basics down. Even though it's all set up as these short topics, it's ordered well enough that reading sequentially front-to-back was very effective for learning the basics. After that I jumped around and easily found what I needed.
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