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Old 11-29-2000
I'm just looking for really good unix book on programming in all shells, and system adminstrator books, and well as just all around really good books on unix.
I know the "Unix Shell Programming" book that Neo recommends I recently purchased that it is very good.
But when I heard that Neo has around 30 books on unix I wanted to hear more about them. So if you post teh books you would recommend and not just Neo everyone's choices - and maybe even not recommeded just in case!

Thank yout

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Old 11-29-2000
Hammer & Screwdriver More like 200 Books

My technical lib has over 200 books, about half UNIX and programming related, the other have is electrical & computer engineering related.

I would be very interested to see the books that others are recommending and using. As a side note, I am going to the bookstore in a few minutes to check out the IMAP book by O'Reilly.

Also, for those of you who live near Universities, many have 'friends of the library programs' which will provide a library card for a 'small charitable donation'. I live in Northern Virginia (US) and George Mason University (GMU) has a program which I belong which for about $40 a year gives me 3 week checkout privs on up to 25-30 books. Obviously, if you have this sort of program at your local University you can save a lot of money.

In fact, when I'm in the middle of some difficult project; I often go to GMU and supplement my bookshelf with books from GMU. More often, however, I just go to the bookstore and write down the ISBN numbers of the new books I like and order from Amazon at a discount Smilie If I'm in a hurry, I will buy locally as well (like today, on IMAP architectures).

Let's compile a list of the most read and like books and I'll put up some Amazon links for fun. These forums are strickly non-profit, BTW... so links are for reference only.

[Edited by Neo on 11-30-2000 at 02:22 AM]
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Old 11-29-2000
My absolute two most-used books are
Programming Perl and Perl Cookbook both from O'Reilly. Programming Perl is in its 3rd edition now. I own the 2nd -- the third edition is significantly thicker and appears to be just as good as previous versions.

My most used Unix book is one that is now out of print:
An Introduction to Berkeley Unix It was my introduction to Unix, and has been worth its weight in gold through the years as a reference for scripting and commands.

Another very dog-eared favorite is C, How to Program

I have the 2nd edition (link is to the 3rd edition which looks to be even better), and use it as a reference frequently. While not strictly a Unix book, my involvement in programming has helped me grow and learn in the Unix environment too, due to the vast array of free compilers, debuggers, etc available on a Unix platform.

I have quite a few other technical books, but these are, by far, the most valuable...

[Edited by Neo on 11-29-2000 at 08:37 PM]
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Old 11-29-2000
Another good shell programming book I saw on my quest on
getting the best unix shell programming book is:
"Linux and Unix Shell Programming" by Tansley David

I find that "Unix Shell Programming" is a better book, but this linux/unix book comes very close. I'd recommend checking it out!

Keep this post active!


[Edited by Neo on 11-29-2000 at 08:32 PM]
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Old 11-30-2000
Error Three Books Purchased Today

Here are three books I purchased today and why. The first is Managing IMAP.

I purchased the IMAP book because one of my large international clients is trying to move from a vertical email architecture to a more horizontal one. IMAP is very important for these thin-client architectures.

The second book purchased is now a classic, The Cathedral & The Bazaar.

Purchased this one because I love open source and have not read this great book (heard super, must read, things about this one.) Plus, I have to fly from VA to CA next week and need a good book for the plane.

The third book purchased today was, Vol II, Information Security Management Handbook, 4th Edition. I purchased this because I have a CA trip to a ecommerce dotcom next week providing guidance on their internet security architecture.

I purchased this book to give to the client if they need a reference. Plus, I know a few of the contributors and had worked with one of the guys for about a year. This is more for other peoples benefit, as required for my dotcom client work.

I promise to visit my bookshelf and post recommendations on my top 'must have' UNIX books and why (my perspective).

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Old 11-30-2000
I am till now working with MS products for the past 4 years (windows and backoffice servers) with no knowledge in unix. I was searching to learn unix and steps to go and master it. I went into many sites, newsgroups,online docs and much more, but dropped the project feeling that unix is very tougher to be self learnt. Good day started one day ,i randomly typed this web address and was very much impressed to see the forum. Immediately i registered for the membership(of course free). One of the biggest advantage is the recommendation of the books for unix. Its really great. I bought the recommedations suggested and started learning from scartch and damn sure i will be a master in a few months (no shortcuts). Users or people new to unix can go through the these threads (really a classic ones, i bet)

1) https://www.unix.com/showthread.php?threadid=75
2) https://www.unix.com/unix-for-dummies-questions-and-answers/107-sink-swim.html
3) https://www.unix.com/unix-for-dummies-questions-and-answers/97-another-green-horn-quesion.html

which was exactly info every newbies will be looking for. The most important things i learnt from these things are, Unix OS, books as recommended, breathing unix, patience and no shortcuts. Hats off to this forum.


Admin Note from Neo: Thanks for the nice words !! Glad to help others embark & follow a wonderful, rewarding and fun career path. It just keeps getting better and better Smilie

[Edited by Neo on 11-30-2000 at 02:13 AM]
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Old 11-30-2000

Can any Unix Admin live without this book on his/her desktop ??

(complete refernce for the unix commands/CSH/SH/KSH/Awk/sed/VI and many more...)

I find it the MOST valuable book.


[Edited by Neo on 11-30-2000 at 10:46 AM]
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