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.
A nice compliment to the review of Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther is a new review just posted of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts, which you can read at linc.homeunix.org. An excerpt: “There is definitely something for everyone in this book, and I, particularly, found the chapters dealing with web hacks and administration really
Curious about Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther? There’s a very nice review at Mac Companion, wherein the reviewer says: “This is the 3rd Edition of the book to cover Mac OS X 10. It could easily be the beginning of a series for Mac OS X folks. I’m looking forward to the Advanced Edition! This one walks through the Terminal mode Unix garden of delights. The Authors obviously know their stuff and are not at all shy about showing how to navigate around Unix as presented in Panther.”
Here’s what Apple Computer had to say in their latest Apple Developer Connection newsletter:
“Learning Unix for Mac OS X Panther” Released by O’Reilly
This compact book by Dave Taylor and Brian Jepson provides a
user-friendly tour of the Mac’s UNIX base for the uninitiated.
Readers can safely explore Terminal and familiarize themselves with
the command line, learning about the hundreds of UNIX programs that
come with the Mac.
My congratulations to author and friend Dee-Ann LeBlanc for this new book, which includes Fedora Core (aka Red Hat Linux) on a DVD – the first book I have with a DVD included! My relationship to the book? I was technical editor. So you can be sure that it’s all accurate! Check it out at