Linux Programming Unleashed (2nd Edition)

Author: Kurt Wall, Mark Watson
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ISBN: 0672320215
Publisher: SAMS (18 December, 2000)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 248,909
Average Customer Rating: 3.4 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
Finally, a comprehensive introduction to Linux programming
Those familiar with Linux know how obtuse its documentation can be. Anyone who has tried to compile Linux software will appreciate the additional information about what is going that is provided in this excellent text. You are bound to be inspired to try some highly educational examples. For those who want to try programming, this is an indespensible aide.

Unfortunately, I found some errors that are hard to spot. You may be luckier.

Rating: 5 out of 5
Good solid introduction to Linux Programming
It is rather sad to see a good book like this one get beaten-up because of the "non existant" CD ROM that the author refers in the text. As mentioned in other reviews, the code can be DOWNLOADED!

The writing is lucid and easy for newbies to grasp. The author takes you from a "novice" level to an intermediate+ level with good coverage of topics like System programming and IPC.

I must admit though, I havent read the other books suggested by the other reviewers - so am not in a position to compare them. But this book suit me fine, and I didnt have to go to look elsewhere.

Definately a MUST BUY!

Rating: 4 out of 5
A good book for newbies to start with.
As I was going to my grand mother's home with a friend of mine, preparing myself to pass one week without having much to do (Yes, I am one of those geeks), my friend given me this book to overcome the tedium I was about to face. I've read most of this book continuously in 3 days, I've skipped all the parts of the book concerning X-windows development as I don't use it and I sure will not going to use it unless demanded. I found the book very interesting; the author has a very involving writing style. The book covers mostly C programming and has some chapter(s) on Java and shell scripting. There was sub-chapters which weren't needed and chapters which were needed and weren't there. For example, the book explains you how to use ioctl and set flags equal to those done by chattr(1), but it's only one example on the ioctl interface, I was actually interested in this set of ioctl but, it seemed to me needless to be covered as an example of ioctl()s. On the other hand, I found a lot of explanations lacking on the sockets part of the book. For example, I don't remember reading about the poll() interface, which is far better than select() system call explained in chapter. 11. There was also one chapter completely devoted on writing documentation and the general licenses which I found off-topic for a programming book, but nevertheless interesting to read. The introduction to the GNU tools are a must read, and I recommend this book for anyone starting a career or with just plain interest in programming for this operating system. I must say that when I've read the book, I knew a great part of what I was about to read and that I wasn't completely clueless to what I was reading. (Sorry for any incoherencies in my review, English ISN'T my native language).

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