Best Unix Programming Books to Enrich Your Library

best unix programming books

Unix is the heart of operating systems. All the operating systems existed are nothing but a modification of Unix. So, in terms of understanding the operating systems, you must understand the Unix first. And for that, you should find a better book to start learning Unix or deeply understand what hides behind it. So, here in this article, I've listed some of the best books on Unix operating system. Give a careful look and see what you'll find!

The Linux Programming Interface: A Linux and UNIX System Programming Handbook
Author: Michael Kerrisk
Published at: 28/10/2010
ISBN: 1593272200

The Linux Programming Interface is a comprehensive, well- written and definitive guide on Linux and UNIX programming interface. This book provides detailed descriptions of the system calls and library functions that you need in order to master the craft of system programming. In this book, you'll learn all those concepts with clear and complete example programs. Though it covers a wealth of Linux-specific features, including epollinotify, and the /proc file system, it also emphasizes on UNIX standards (POSIX.1-2001/SUSv3 and POSIX.1-2008/SUSv4) makes it equally valuable to programmers working on other UNIX platforms.

What you'll learn:

  • Fundamental system programming concepts
  • Handling inputs and outputs
  • Creating processes to execute programs
  • Handling memory allocation
  • Writing secure programs
  • Working with file systems and file attributes
  • Handling multithread programs using POSIX threads
  • Making and using shared libraries effectively
  • Using pipes, message queues shared memory, and semaphores to handle interprocess communication
  • Building network applications with the sockets API

UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (5th Edition)
Author: Evi Nemeth,Garth Snyder,Trent R. Hein,Ben Whaley,Dan Mackin
Published at: 18/08/2017
ISBN: 0134277554

This is an invaluable reference tor both new and experienced administrators. It approaches system administration in a practical way and provides best practices for every facet of system administration. It covers most of the current versions of Linux and UNIX based operating systems including Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, Red Hat, Oracle America, HP-UX, IBM AIX.

What you'll learn:

  • Storage management
  • Network design and administration
  • Software configuration management
  • Performance analysis
  • Windows interoperability
  • Handling backups
  • Working with drivers and kernel
  • Managing web hosting, scripting, DNS and security

Unix in a Nutshell, Fourth Edition
Author: Arnold Robbins
Published at: 05/11/2005
ISBN: 0596100299

Unix is an open operating system that can be improved on by anyone. That's why you'll find a variety of Unix based systems from Linux to Sun's Solaris to Apple's Mac OS and more varieties that you can easily name. Unix in a Nutshell describes all the broader state of Unix in today's world and highlights the strengths of this operating system in all its various flavors. Detailing all Unix commands and options, the informative guide provides generous descriptions and examples that put those commands in context.

What you'll learn:

  • An overview of Unix command shell
  • The bash and Korn shells
  • Package management
  • Working with Emacs editor
  • Working with other editors like vi, ex, vim, and sed editors
  • Learning the awk programming language
  • Software development and integration
  • Subversion version control system
  • Concurrent versions system
  • Working with GNU make utility and GDB debugger

The Unix Programming Environment (Prentice-Hall Software Series)
Author: Brian W. Kernighan,Rob Pike
Published at: 11/11/1983
ISBN: 013937681X

The Unix Programming Environment is for both first-time and experienced users. This book describes the UNIX® programming environment and philosophy in detail. You will gain an understanding not only of how to use the system, its components, and the programs but also how these fit into the total environment.

What You'll learn:

  • Fundamentals of UNIX 
  • The File System
  • Using the Shell and Shell Programming
  • Programming with Standard I/O
  • UNIX System Calls
  • Program Development
  • Document Preparation

Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment, 3rd Edition
Author: W. Richard Stevens,Stephen A. Rago
Published at: 24/05/2013
ISBN: 0321637739

This book is a descriptive and useful guide for those who are working as a system administrator or Unix programmer. it provides practical, in-depth knowledge of the programming interfaces that drive the Unix and Linux kernels.  This new edition supports today’s leading platforms, reflects new technical advances and best practices and aligns with Version 4 of the Single UNIX Specification. With this book, you'll be able to understand and apply the advanced concepts of the Unix environment. 

What You'll learn:

  • A general overview of Unix architecture
  • Handling file I/O
  • Working with files and directories
  • Reading and writing system data files and information
  • Managing process environment and process control
  • Controlling multithread programs
  • Interprocess communication
  • Network management using sockets

Learning the bash Shell: Unix Shell Programming (In A Nutshell (O'reilly))
Author: Cameron Newham
Published at: 08/04/2005
ISBN: 0596009658

If you're just a beginner in Linux and thriving to learn Linux's bash shell, then read this book. The book provides an excellent introduction, covering everything from the most basic to more advanced features. Besides, if you are a professional who've been writing shell scripts for years, you'll also find the new tips and tricks about scripting. With a lot of practical examples of shell commands and programs, it will make everyday use of Linux that much easier.

What you'll learn:

  • Installing bash shell
  • Basic UNIX file and directory structures
  • Handling standard I/O, and background jobs
  • Command line editing, history substitution, and key bindings
  • Flow control structures and command-line options and typed variables
  • How to customize your shell environment without programming
  • Process handling, from job control to processes, coroutines, and subshells
  • Debugging techniques, such as trace and verbose modes

Unix Power Tools, Third Edition
Author: Shelley Powers,Jerry Peek,Tim O'Reilly,Mike Loukides
Published at: 01/10/2002
ISBN: 0596003307

Do you want to become a true craftsman in Unix programming? Then you have to be familiar with all the tools that are used in Unix. It's not easy to become a master in Unix programming, but if you know the tools very well, it's possible. Unix Power Tools describes all the important tools that are used in Unix to make you a more efficient developer of Unix system. If you work with any flavor of Unix, whatever your level of experience, you will be benefited by having this book.

What you'll learn:

  • Setting up your Unix shell
  • Simulating dynamic prompts
  • Getting the most of the terminals, xterm, and X Windows
  • Using xev to learn keysym mapping
  • Directory organization
  • Finding files using find command
  • Linking, renaming and copying files
  • Optimizing disk space
  • Spell checking, word counting, and textual analysis
  • Creating custom command in vi
  • Processes and the kernel
  • Extending and managing your environment
  • Communication and connectivity with other devices
  • Working with security management

Learning Unix for OS X, 2E
Author: Dave Taylor
Published at: 12/02/2016
ISBN: 1491939982

If you're an experienced Mac user then this book is very helpful to you. In this, you'll find all the basic command you need to get started with Unix. With this book, you will find how to get much more from your system by tapping into Unix, the robust operating system that works beneath your OS X's beautiful interface.

What you'll learn:

  • Making changes to your Mac's filesystem and directories
  • Using find, locate and grep commands to locate files containing specific information
  • Redirecting I/O by using pipes and filters
  • Creating unique "super commands" to perform tasks that you specify
  • Running more than one process and programs
  • Remote access to other Unix system
  • X Window system and learn the best X11 applications

UNIX: The Complete Reference, Second Edition (Complete Reference Series)
Author: Kenneth Rosen,Douglas Host,Rachel Klee,Richard Rosinski
Published at: 09/01/2007
ISBN: 0072263369

UNIX: The Complete Reference is for the users of all experience level. It is thoroughly updated for all of the newest releases of UNIX including all Linux distributions, Solaris 10, HP-UX, AIX, and FreeBSD. This book provides you step-by-step instruction on how to use Unix to take advantage of its powerful tools and utilities. Besides all these, it also explains advanced concepts such as UNIX desktops, Samba, Python, Java Apache, and UNIX Web development.

What You'll learn:

  • Installing and configuring Unix on your PC or workstations
  • Maintaining files and directories with commands
  • Creating and modifying text files using powerful text editors
  • Using various configuration of Unix desktop including  GNOME, CDE, and KDE
  • Managing e-mail, TCP/IP networking, and Internet services
  • Maintaining the security of your Unix system
  • Working with powerful UNIX tools, including awk, sed, and grep
  • Developing your own shell
  • Writing Python, and Perl scripts
  • Writing Java, C, and Cand C++ programs under UNIX
  • Setting up Apache Web servers
  • Developing browser-independent Web sites and applications

UNIX and Shell Programming: A Textbook
Author: Behrouz A. Forouzan,Richard F. Gilberg
Published at: 24/01/2002
ISBN: 0534391559

This book is for those who've been taking a course on Unix programming or related subjects. It begins with the basic commands and of Unix operating system. Gradually it introduces simple scriptwriting concepts and covers all required commands and tools of Unix. With this book, you'll get a clear understanding of Unix programming.

What you'll learn:

  • Basics of Shell programming
  • Regular Expressions, grep, sed, and awk
  • Using the Korn shell
  • Working with the C and Bourne shell 
  • All the commands of Unix

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