Should You Buy the Book?
Taylor makes no effort to teach shell scripting. This book is not a tutorial, but with the author’s explanations a beginner should have little trouble understanding his scripts. In fact, if you have little scripting background, the first four chapters could provide your introduction to Unix.
Even someone with scripting experience might learn a thing or two. Before buying this book, I never had a script that attractively formatted large number strings, but now I do. The 004.nicenumber.sh script also provides options for changing the decimal and thousands delimiters. And if you are already shell-scripting savvy, you might enjoy comparing your scripting solutions to the problems that Taylor presents.
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