The Art of UNIX Programming by Eric S. Raymond

By Eric S. Raymond

The artwork of UNIX Programming poses the assumption that realizing the unwritten UNIX engineering culture and studying its layout styles can help programmers of all stripes to turn into greater programmers. This booklet makes an attempt to seize the engineering knowledge and layout philosophy of the UNIX, Linux, and Open resource software program improvement group because it has advanced during the last 3 many years, and because it is utilized this day through the main skilled programmers. Eric Raymond bargains the subsequent new release of "hackers" the original chance to profit the relationship among UNIX philosophy and perform via cautious case reviews of the superior UNIX/Linux courses.

Show description

Read or Download The Art of UNIX Programming PDF

Best unix books

Building a Virtual Private Network

Your online business needs to be hooked up with the intention to compete within the worldwide market. staff want to know that their company's community is out there at any time, from anywhere. A digital deepest community (VPN) accomplishes this by using distant connectivity applied sciences that mix latest inner networks with the web to safely speak info.

Mac OS X Leopard Phrasebook

Mac OS® X Leopard Phrasebook   Brian Tiemann   crucial Code and instructions   Mac OS X Leopard Phrasebook provides the entire command words you want to take complete good thing about the Leopard’s hidden and undocumented strength beneath the graphical person interface: time-saving options for successfully operating with records, folders, the Finder, highlight, textual content records, servers, disks, CDs/DVDs, permissions, printing, purposes, Expos?

DNS & BIND Cookbook

The DNS & BIND Cookbook offers options to the various difficulties confronted through community directors chargeable for a reputation server. Following O'Reilly's renowned problem-and-solution cookbook layout, this identify is an quintessential better half to DNS & BIND, 4th variation, the definitive consultant to the serious activity of brand name server management.

Extra info for The Art of UNIX Programming

Sample text

12 Rule of Repair: Repair what you can—but when you must fail, fail noisily and as soon as possible. Software should be transparent in the way that it fails, as well as in normal operation. It’s best when software can cope with unexpected conditions by adapting to them, but the worst kinds of bugs are those in which the repair doesn’t succeed and the problem quietly causes corruption that doesn’t show up until much later. Therefore, write your software to cope with incorrect inputs and its own execution errors as gracefully as possible.

Thus, hardwiring policy and mechanism together has two bad effects: It makes policy rigid and harder to change in response to user requirements, and it means that trying to change policy has a strong tendency to destabilize the mechanisms. On the other hand, by separating the two we make it possible to experiment with new policy without breaking mechanisms. We also make it much easier to write good tests for the mechanism (policy, because it ages so quickly, often does not justify the investment).

File deletion is irrevocable. The Unix security model is arguably too primitive. Job control is botched. There are too many different kinds of names for things. Having a file system at all may have been the wrong choice. We will discuss these technical issues in Chapter 20. But perhaps the most enduring objections to Unix are consequences of a feature of its philosophy first made explicit by the designers of the X windowing system. X strives to provide “mechanism, not policy”, supporting an extremely general set of graphics operations and deferring decisions about toolkits and interface look-and-feel (the policy) up to application level.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.99 of 5 – based on 39 votes