UNIX for Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide Paperback – Dec 3 2002
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From the Back Cover
With Mac OS X, Apple has completely rebuilt the Macintosh operating system from the ground upQand yes, itUs Unix thatUs running this new Mac OS. Mac users can now use the terminal command line to write a Perl script, automate batch commands, run an Apache server, use sendmail, and grep to their heartUs delight. And alternately, many experienced Unix programmers are thrilled to be able to write shell scripts on the Mac platform. Unix for Mac OS X: Visual QuickPro Guide shows readers how to configure their Unix environment, navigate permissions, directories and files, run handy Unix utilities, configure and run the Apache Web server, and much more. In addition, readers will learn how to protect their files with UnixUs security tools, and how to fix their Macs when things go wrong.
About the Author
Matisse Enzer studied architecture at the Cooper Union in New York City and with renowned architect Christopher Alexander (A Pattern Language) in California. Matisse worked at The WELL during the time it became one of the very first online communities to connect to the Internet. Since 1994 he's worked as a self-employed Internet consultant, designing and building a wide variety of systems. This is his first book for Peachpit Press.
Top Customer Reviews
It's probably about time that it was updated for Panther, which was released almost 7 months ago as I write this but the author has already provided the relevant information for bash users (a clean Panther installation uses bash by default) as well as csh and tcsh. (Don't worry if you don't know what these are - all becomes clear in the book.) Yes, there's a good Unix section for beginners in Mac OS X Panther Unleashed, too (Willam & John Ray) but this one easily tops it and provides much more useful information, good as the other book is on Mac OS X in general. There are other books that talk to Unix geeks about the Mac - this one is the best I've come across at doing the opposite.
I'm withholding one star only because so many errors made their way past the proof-reading stage. (Easily fixed - go to the Peachpit Press site and save a copy of the online Errors & Corrections page for this book.)
If you are new to Unix or have the most basic of skills and you use OS X, this will give you exactly the grounding you need using just the right kind of language. It's beautifully done. Just don't forget to visit the Errors & Corrections page at Peachpit.
I looked at all of the books in this category and chose this one by Matisse Enzer. My instincts were right on -- this is a great book.
It is well written, well organized and very easy to follow. It is both a book that you can sit down and read as well as a useful reference. The logical path that Matisse takes the reader through to learn the essential Unix invocations and other mystical Unix-spellcraft makes learning a pleasure!
In less than a week, I was able to configure my Apache server and the powerful Sendmail program included with OS X. This goes well beyond the basics that are also inluded in the book (there is a lot of great beginner stuff). Matisse helped me to absord the fundamentals quickly so I was able to move onto more advanced subjects without wasting any time.
I am definitely a beginner when it comes to Unix, however, Matisse lays the concepts out so well, I already feel confident taking on more advanced Unix projects.
Get this -- when I did run into a snag, I went to the Apple help forums to get an answer. Guess who answered my post that same day? Thats right, Matisse Enzer. He did everything but autograph my book -- which I am still working on ;)
Buy this book -- you won't be sorry.
"Unix for Mac OS X" is a very intense beginner's guide to Unix. The book assumes NO prior experience with Unix. It does assume you are an enthusiastic and adventurous type (or you wouldn't be bothering with Unix in the first place.) The book provides a great deal more detail then any other beginner-level Unix book I am aware of and I hope that people will use it as a solid starting point to go even deeper into Unix, which is an excellent platform for collaborative computing.
Most recent customer reviews
Very good book to get up to speed with the unix side of OS X.
But: there are too many errata in the book, especially with figures or tables that contain inconsistencies with... Read more
This book opens the wonderful world of unix to everyone who wants to know more of what happens under the hood of the fabulous Macintosh operating system. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2003 by justjill
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