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Advanced Programming in the Unix Environment is a must-have volume
describing and illustrating the programming interface to the Unix system.
Author builds on the basic information presented in the first 15 chapters to
provide chapter-length examples illustrating among other things how to
develop a database library as well as a postscript print driver.
The book progresses from basic topics such as file systems, directories, and
signals to more advanced topics including interprocess communications,
threads and multi-threaded programming. Extensive code examples in C
combined with a clear writing style make the more difficult aspects of Unix
programming easy to master. This invaluable tutorial and reference teaches
even the more experienced programmer how to get the most of their Unix
system whether its Linux, Solaris, Free BSD or Mac OS X.
´This is the definitive reference book for any serious or professional UNIX systems programmer. Rago has updated and extended the original Stevens classic while keeping true to the original.´
-Andrew Josey, Director, Certification, The Open Group, and Chair of the POSIX 1003.1 Working Group
For over a decade, serious C programmers have relied on one book for practical, in-depth knowledge of the programming interfaces that drive the UNIX and Linux kernels: W. Richard Stevens´ Advanced Programming in the UNIX® Environment. Now, Stevens´ colleague Stephen Rago has thoroughly updated this classic to reflect the latest technical advances and add support for today´s leading UNIX and Linux platforms.
Rago carefully retains the spirit and approach that made this book a classic. Building on Stevens´ work, he begins with basic topics such as files, directories, and processes, carefully laying the groundwork for understanding more advanced techniques, such as signal handling and terminal I/O.
Substantial new material includes chapters on threads and multithreaded programming, using the socket interface to drive interprocess communication (IPC), and extensive coverage of the interfaces added to the latest version of the POSIX.1 standard. Nearly all examples have been tested on four of today´s most widely used UNIX/Linux platforms: FreeBSD 5.2.1; the Linux 2.4.22 kernel; Solaris 9; and Darwin 7.4.0, the FreeBSD/Mach hybrid underlying Apple´s Mac OS X 10.3.
As in the first edition, you´ll learn through example, including more than 10,000 lines of downloadable, ANSI C source code. More than 400 system calls and functions are demonstrated with concise, complete programs that clearly illustrate their usage, arguments, and return values. To tie together what you´ve learned, the book presents several chapter-length case studies, each fully updated for contemporary environments.
Advanced Programming in the UNIX® Environment has helped a generation of programmers write code with exceptional power, performance, and reliability. Now updated for today´s UNIX/Linux systems, this second edition will be even more indispensable.
From the Back Cover
´Stephen Rago´s update is a long overdue benefit to the community of professionals using the versatile family of UNIX and UNIX-like operating environments. It removes obsolescence and includes newer developments. It also thoroughly updates the context of all topics, examples, and applications to recent releases of popular implementations of UNIX and UNIX-like environments. And yet, it does all this while retaining the style and taste of the original classic.´
--Mukesh Kacker, cofounder and former CTO of Pronto Networks, Inc.
´One of the essential classics of UNIX programming.´
--Eric S. Raymond, author of The Art of UNIX Programming
´This is the definitive reference book for any serious or professional UNIX systems programmer. Rago has updated and extended the classic Stevens text while keeping true to the original. The APIs are illuminated by clear examples of their use. He also mentions many of the pitfalls to look out for when programming across different UNIX system implementations and points out how to avoid these pitfalls using relevant standards such as POSIX 1003.1, 2004 edition and the Single UNIX Specification, Version 3.´
--Andrew Josey, Director, Certification, The Open Group, and Chair of the POSIX 1003.1 Working Group
´Advanced Programming in the UNIX® Environment, Second Edition, is an essential reference for anyone writing programs for a UNIX system. It´s the first book I turn to when I want to understand or re-learn any of the various system interfaces. Stephen Rago has successfully revised this book to incorporate newer operating systems such as GNU/Linux and Apple´s OS X while keeping true to the first edition in terms of both readability and usefulness. It will always have a place right next to my computer.´
--Dr. Benjamin Kuperman, Swarthmore College