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Provided you have some previous basic exposure to C and Unix, Beginning Linux Programming delivers an excellent overview of the world of Linux development with an appealing range of essential tools and APIs.
The standout feature of Beginning Linux Programming is its wide-ranging coverage of important topics in basic Unix programming. In a series of short chapters, the authors discuss the basics of writing Unix programs in C, with material on basic system calls, file I/O, interprocess communication (for getting programs to work together), and advanced topics such as socket programming and how to create Unix device drivers.
Parallel to this, the book introduces the toolkits and libraries for working with user interfaces, from simpler terminal mode applications to X and GTK+ for graphical user interfaces. While you won't be an authority on X or GTK+ after reading this book, you will certainly be able to explore real Linux development on your own after the capable introductory guide provided here. (The book's main example, a CD-ROM database, gets enhanced in subsequent chapters using new APIs and features as the book moves forward.) This text also serves as a valuable primer on languages and tools such as Tcl, Perl, and CGI. (There's even a section that explains the basics of the Internet and HTML.)
More than ever, there is no shortage of specific information on Linux programming, but few titles provide such a wide-ranging tour of what you need to know to get serious with Linux development. In all, Beginning Linux Programming gives the reader an intelligent sampling of essential topics in today's Linux. It's a wise choice for aspiring Unix C developers or folks seeking to extend the range of their Linux knowledge. --Richard Dragan
Topics covered: Linux overview, compiling C programs, shell programming, pipes, script keywords and functions, Unix file I/O in C, Unix system functions, terminal interfaces (termios, keyboard input, the curses library), memory management, file locking, dbm databases, make and source control basics, man pages, debugging with gdb, processes and signals, POSIX threads and synchronization, IPC and pipes, semaphores, queues and shared memory, sockets, Tcl basics, X Windows and GTK+ for GNOME, Perl basics, HTML and CGI, writing Unix device drivers.
Building on the proven success of the first edition this book continues its unique aproach to teaching UNIX programming in a simple and structured way on the Linux platform.
Through the use of detailed and realistic examples, the reader learns by doing, and in the course of a single book, is able to move from being a Linux beginner to creating custom Internet applications in Linux.
This book has a good coverage of a lot of topics, but it is hard to get through.Published on Aug. 1 2003
This is a big book that covers a lot of topics relating to Linux. If you're looking for a introductory book or a somewhat intermediate book that will help you get a jump on Linux... Read morePublished on July 23 2003
I won't waste your time here - suffice to say that if you need to get into Unix/Linux programming fast (as I did for a computer science course), get this book quickly. Read morePublished on June 8 2003 by Kevin W.J.
This book has a lot of information. I see why people are let down by the next in the line (Advanced Linux Programming), stating it doesn't advance enough--this one has a lot to it. Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by Tim Greer
This is a good book for those that want to get down to programming in Linux. Its a good choice for the sysadmin that wants to learn shell scripting, perl, and some C.Published on April 9 2003 by Chris Murray
I just finished this book after about 4 months of off and on reading and working (most of) the examples. Read morePublished on Nov. 23 2002 by Joshua Davies
A great book for people interested in developing Linux "real world" applications. Covers, in an introductory way, most of the topics a programmer could need. Read morePublished on June 18 2002 by Carlos Mateu Piñol
Verry nice book,
from bash/sh scripting to C socket coding
to CGI scripting, verry nice all in one,
some parts could be a little more explained, and some are to... Read more
Hi, I bought this book because my unix programming class requires it. Everyone I know told me it's an awesome book to buy so I bought it. Read morePublished on April 19 2002