Unix Systems Programming: Communication, Concurrency and Threads, Second Edition
||Author: Kay Robbins, Steve Robbins|
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Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR (17 June, 2003)
Sales Rank: 44,167
Average Customer Rating: 4.54 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
A very good book on UNIX System Programing -
This is the updated second edition that includes all-new chapters on the Web and multicast and a completely revised and updated RPC chapter. Other book chapters on files, signals, semaphores, POSIX threads, and client-server communication were updated and enhanced.
The book is organized twenty-two chapters grouped into four parts. Each part contains topic chapters and project chapters. A topic chapter covers the specified material in a work-along fashion. The topic chapters have many examples and short exercises of the form "try this" or "what happens if". The topic chapters close with one or more exercise sections.
What I liked about the book is that it provides programming exercises for many fundamental concepts in process management, concurrency and communication. These programming exercises are very similar to the exercises you would be doing in a traditional computer science laboratory as part of an operating system course, for instance. Exercises are specified for systematic development, and many can be implemented in under 100 lines of code, which is nice if you want to play with it and experiment different ways of implementing a functionality.
Another important feature of the book is the compliance with the POSIX standards. Since the last edition of the book, a single UNIX specification has been adopted and it is referred to in the book to as POSIX. The authors' examples comply with the POSIX standard.
Something else I really liked is the kind-of support available. The book has its own we site where you can download all the code in the book and email the authors and so on. Check it out at: http://vip.cs.utsa.edu/usp/.
The book basically covers whatever we need know to be able program with threads, TCP/IP, and RPC. The authors explain the essentials of UNIX programming, concentrating on communication, concurrency, and multithreading techniques and why, when, and how to use them in a very tutorial-way using a lot of reusable source code examples that explain syntax along the way.
A nice feature of the book is that it shows how to design complex software to get the best from the UNIX operating system. There are many short examples featured throughout the book and a number of hands-on projects that help readers expand their skill levels. The approach is very practical and uses short code snippets to illustrate how to use system calls.
The book is easy to read and the code examples are complete so that you can compile and run them. This is a nice feature since these exercises and code examples help readers understand and learn the material explained throughout the chapters.
If you want to:
a) Learn UNIX system programming essentials with a concentration on communication, concurrency, and multithreading techniques, with extensive hands-on examples that respect the single UNIX specifications ...
b) Write "correct" code and get the best from your UNIX operating system ...
c) Expand your ideas on how to design and implement robust UNIX software ...
then, check out this book...
Rating: 5 out of 5
Best book to start with Unix System Programming......
If you are new to Unix system programming then this book is for you to start system programming. Author have done a great work explaining system programming in detail and with good examples/exercises.
You must have a good understanding of C programming and basic data structure to get the most out of this book.
Rating: 5 out of 5
At first I wanted to buy 'Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment by W. Richard Stevens' - I've read that it's very good - but it's a little old (from 1992) and I looked for another.
The book is very easy to read, the code examples are almost always complete, so that you can compile and run them.
The exercises are from the reality and help the reader to understand and to learn the stuff of the book.
There are many additional information, spreadsheets and graphics.
You only should have some experience in writing C code...
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