Mac OS X Unix 101 Byte-Sized Projects
- By Adrian Mayo
- Published Dec 14, 2005 by Peachpit Press.
- Copyright 2006
- Dimensions: 7-1/2 X 9-1/8
- Pages: 632
- Edition: 1st
- ISBN-10: 0-321-37411-8
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-37411-0
- eBook (Adobe DRM)
- ISBN-10: 0-321-44830-8
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-44830-9
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Product Author Bios
Adrian Mayo has been involved with technology and Unix for over 20 years. As Editor for OSXFAQ.com, he contributes content for Unix Tutorials, Unix Tips, and Mac OS X tips. He is a software engineer, specializing in the development of safety and mission critical systems, and a former Web developer for PHP and MySQL database back-ends.
Unix is no longer someone else's OS. With Mac OS X built on top of it, Unix is becoming a household name, and more and more Mac users are ready to take it on. This book is for them!
Based on a popular series of Unix tips, this book promises to deliver what most other Unix guides fail to: comprehensive tutorials and instruction on specific Unix subjects, commands, and projects, not just a handy reference guide. Arranged into 101 mini tutorials in 11 key technology areas, this book provides all the tricks, techniques, and training that you need to understand how the system works and start using it immediately. You will quickly learn the basics to working with the Unix command line as well as work on specific tutorials/exercises, including: browsing and searching the directory file-system; viewing, searching, and processing file content; using text editors; shell scripting; cool commands; and more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A taste of 'geekdom',
This review is from: Mac OS X Unix 101 Byte-Sized Projects (Paperback)There's a not-so-fine line between knowing your instrument, which serves a specific purpose or purposes, & being a geek. This book walks the line. There's so much more we, as Mac-users, can gain from understanding UNIX, but, of course, there's a limit to how much time & effort can be invested into gaining this insight.
I look at it this way: the time, frustration & money I save just by being able to competently maintain, get around limitations of the OSX interface & repair my system is more than enough compensation. This is the easiest to follow & understand of many UNIX books I've read, or attempted to read. If you have a little patience, this book will bestow rewards.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to the Terminal: Among the best of available titles introducing UNIX to Mac users,
This review is from: Mac OS X Unix 101 Byte-Sized Projects (Paperback)Along with Matisse Enzer's Unix for Mac OS 10.4/Tiger, this is just about the best available title introducing Unix to the Mac user. There are lots of other great *Nix titles oriented variously at different levels of experience and user needs, but for the Mac Power User this is an excellent starting point. The book assumes both a level of confidence and good sense (RTFM!) that isn't always that common. You know who you are. The organization of this book into "projects" is one of its big strengths. It claims to proceed from simple to complex, from common to obscure, though I dont really see that.
*Each chapter presents a small topic (such as aliases and functions), and treats it in pretty great depth, with examples, exercises, and especially terrific cross references to other chapters/projects. This makes it easy to find the section matching what you want and need to do. On the other hand, topics are not all grouped intuitively right next to each other in series, though it... Read more
Great for helping with Unix,
This review is from: Mac OS X Unix 101 Byte-Sized Projects (Paperback)I've gotten this book a few months ago, and I am still using it for reference with the Unix side of Mac OS X.
This book is great for those "little projects" that someone may want to do on there lunch break or just to get to know the Unix side of Mac OS X.
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"I think this is quite possibly the best beginner/intermediate/expert Unix guide I have ever read, bar none. It really does a superior job of giving the reader the good stuff of the command line, without getting too hung up on the details... I give it an A+." Read the entire review at:
June 18, 2006
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