Media praise for Classic Shell Scripting
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"The authors provide a thorough explanation of how shell scripts can be used most effectively and be tuned to individual requirements. This is a valuable source of information about finding the right tool for any given task and how to put it to work."
-- , PC Update
"Classic Shell Scripting sounds like one of those tomes that encourage narcolepsy in the bookstore, but that just shows were getting prejudiced in our old age. Instead, its a jazzy, practical and fascinating book that totally took us by surprise. Unlike most programming languages, shell scripts make extensive use of the built-in Unix commands--grep, tr, xargs, find, sort, and more must be mastered to make competent scripts. As a result, this book is really a hands-on guide to becoming a Unix guru. We cant tell whether this was the original goal of the authors, but we dont care because this is a masterpiece we refuse to part with. Failing a fourth edition of Unix Power Tools, this is as good as it gets. 10/10."
"O'Reilly's Classic Shell Scripting is a comprehensive and detailed text. Extensive use is made of example code to illustrate the discussions, but it is neither a tutorial nor a collection of solutions to specific problems...The book is a valuable source of information about finding the right tool for any given task and how to put it to work."
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--Paul Hudson, Linux Format, July 2005
"Robbins and Beebe have produced a book that is really good in a variety of ways: it is well-written; it is well-organized; it is full of worthwhile examples and instances; and the code is lucid and clear... I've been using a number of flavors of Unix and Linux for more than 25 years. I learned a lot from this book... This is an excellent book. Buy it now!"
--Peter Salus, UnixReview.com, May 2005
"With the rise of languages like Java, with its cool widgets, someone unfamiliar with Unix might not realise that there is a type of programming proceeding quietly in the background. The shell scripting described by the book has been a mainstay of every Unix variant for years. The book shows how writing a short script can be used to handle a wide range of tasks. Enhanced by the simple syntax of most shells. Very easy to learn... The book's subject totally lacks any glamour. But a lot of actual work gets done in these scripts."
--Wes Boudeville, Amazon.com review, May 2005