Unix philosophy[ edit ] The book addresses the Unix philosophy of small cooperating tools with standardized inputs and outputs. Kernighan and Pike give a brief description of the Unix design and the Unix philosophy:  Even though the UNIX system introduces a number of innovative programs and techniques, no single program or idea makes it work well. Instead, what makes it effective is the approach to programming, a philosophy of using the computer. Many UNIX programs do quite trivial things in isolation, but, combined with other programs, become general and useful tools. The authors further write that their goal for this book is "to communicate the UNIX programming philosophy. Next, it goes into the basics of the file system and shell.
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Shelves: development Written in , The Unix Programming Environment introduces the reader to the then middle-aged Unix operating system. The environment described is that of spare text-only terminals, command line prompts, inputs, outputs, and the pipes that connect them. It is from a time when telephones were anchored in place with a wire, before they dropped their cords and became our constant companions, sporting sleek bodies, incorporating lenses, clocks, and music.
Yet if you pare away the anachronism there Written in , The Unix Programming Environment introduces the reader to the then middle-aged Unix operating system. Yet if you pare away the anachronism there is a philosophy at work in the Unix they present that still holds currency today. The inventors of Unix envisioned information technology as a fluid composition of interconnected operations. The aggregate machine specific to a particular solution is composed of independent parts agnostic of the whole; its structure may be quarried, like pieces of marble stripped from a conquered metropolis, and used to build something new.
Sadly, although Unix encourages pillage, there are no civilians to ravage, and no vanquished skulls to pile into pyramids. Maybe in the next version. If you need a break from widgets, sliders, plugins, social networking, mobile phone apps, and all the rest that comes with enacting our hyperconnected world, then take a look at this book.
Reading it is like replacing your television with a fire pit, or looking at figures of animals and men on the walls of a cave. Kernighan has always been able to give clear explanations and examples of the Unix philosophy. This is the third time I have read the book and I found it just as useful and illuminating as the first time. I started programming on a Unix system in with only the V6 Should be read by every programmer new to Linux. I started programming on a Unix system in with only the V6 documentation some written by Kernighan and the source code to learn from.
It explains many of the tools available on Unix systems. Jul 10, John Wye added it Perfectly captures the Unix philosophy of breaking down complex tasks into smaller ones held together by glue code. This book, more than any other, taught me to think the way a programmer thinks. Despite its age it was published in most of the examples still compile and run on a modern Unix-like system; a testament to the firm conceptual foundation of Unix. I was impressed enough by this that I have picked up "The C Programming Language" just for the heck of it.
The mehs: The final chapter has obviously not been relevant for a very, very long time. The three-ish preceding chapters focused on specific C usage were worth skimming but much less relevant to my interests than the book up to that point. Dec 21, Kim L rated it it was amazing One word: brilliant. This book ought to be a mandatory study for all computer science students. While reading this book one absorbs the paradigms and modes of problem solving from the brightest minds in the field. Jan 19, Tom Sturgeon rated it it was amazing This book is the Unix philosophy.
It is dated on some important parts, but every utility I noticed still exists today. I picked up my copy for free in the library discards.
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