The UNIX Philosophy

By

  • Mike Gancarz, Software consultant, Atlanta, GA

* Deals with powerful concepts in a simple way * Highlights important characteristics of Operating systems and other abstract entities in a new way * Explores the tenets of the UNIX operating system philosophyUnlike so many books that focus on how to use UNIX, The UNIX Philosophy concentrates on answering the questions: `Why use UNIX in the first place?'. Readers will discover the rationale and reasons for such concepts as file system organization, user interface and other system characteristics. In an informative, non-technical fashion, The UNIX Philosophy explores the general principles for applying the UNIX philosophy to software development. This book describes complex software design principles and addresses the importance of small programs, code and data portability, early prototyping, and open user interfaces. The UNIX Philosophy is a book to be read before tackling the highly technical texts on UNIX internals and programming. Written for both the computer layperson and the experienced programmer, this book explores the tenets of the UNIX operating system in detail, dealing with powerful concepts in a comprehensive, straightforward manner.
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Audience

both computer layperson and experience programmer, book explores the tenets of UNIX operating system in detail, dealing with powerful concepts in a comprehensive, straightforward manner

 

Book information

  • Published: December 1994
  • Imprint: DIGITAL PRESS
  • ISBN: 978-1-55558-123-7

Reviews

'It's a pleasant read-it's short and non-technical, focussing on ideology.' - Mactech



Table of Contents

The UNIX philosophy: A cast of thousands; One small step for humankind; Rapid prototyping for fun and profit; The portability priority; Now THAT's leverage!; The perils of interactive programs; More UNIX philosophy: Ten lesser tenets; MakingUNIX do one thing well; UNIX and other operating system philosophies