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."
-- Major Keary, PC Update

"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."
-- Major Keary, book

"Classic Shell Scripting sounds like one of those tomes that encourage narcolepsy in the bookstore, but that just shows we’re getting prejudiced in our old age. Instead, it’s 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 can’t tell whether this was the original goal of the authors, but we don’t 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."
--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