Another terrific UNIX bookl
By davidleetodd on Aug 04, 2007
My quest to find the perfect UNIX book is approaching an obsession. I'm only half way through Understanding UNIX, A Conceptual Guide and already I've gone and bought another. This one is Visual Quickstart Guide UNIX, Third Edition, by Deborah S. Ray and Eric J. Ray. Eric is a noted Sun engineer, so I knew the book would be good, but it turns out that Deborah and Eric have written more than a dozen books on software, and their expertise shows throughout.
I wonder if there is something about male/female teams that produces great software books? Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates wrote the breakthrough Head First Java, and the brother-sister team of John R. Levine and Margaret Levine Young wrote my well-thumbed and beloved UNIX for Dummies.
The Rays' book takes more of a cookbook approach than I have liked in the past, but now that I have gotten past the initial learning stage with other books that explain everything in detail, I think this information-packed handbook is exactly what I need to have at hand when I actually sit down at the computer. Excellent!
I should note that the book focuses exclusively on the command line -- true classical UNIX. This is what interests me now, but as I move into learning about X and window managers, I think I will need yet another book. Or two. Or five. Obsession is a terrible thing.