Saturday, June 05, 2004

--[ BOOK REVIEW: Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours

# By: Dave Taylor, James C. Armstrong Jr.
# Paperback: 512 pages
# Publisher: SAMS; 2nd edition (December 21, 1998)
# ASIN: 0672314800

Back cover's book description:

Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Second Edition is designed to take users from novice to accomplished user in just 24 one-hour sessions. Written by experts in the field, Sams Teach Yourself UNIX in 24 Hours, Second Edition starts off with an introduction to UNIX, then covers file handling, pipes and filters, the vi and EMACS text editors, shells, job control, printing, and connecting to remote computers via the Internet. The book also discusses UNIX programming and includes a handy glossary of terms. This edition of the will have updated coverage of newly available Web browsers, mail and news tools, as well as more focused coverage of the topics readers of the first edition asked about the most.

Teach Yourself Unix in 24 Hours is a newbie's book that gives you an intro about the wonderfully world of Unix. The however book assumes that you already have installed some sort of Unix let it be BSD, Linux, Version 7, or any other flavor, so it really does not cover how to install Unix because that would differ from one flavor to the next. There are many issues that I did have with the book. The first has to be the title which is total nonsense to say the least. The second are the chapters, I believe that the author could have put allot more topics but did not because he was limited by the title (the book says that each chapter should take an hour). The last is the formating which was kind of confusing, the output or the input was sometimes unclear and some of the topics where not really explained as they should have been.

Overall I would have to rate this book a 7 out of 10. This book might be used as a second book to get you hands even dirtier with Unix. There seems to be however a newer edition of the book (edition 3) which might have fixed some of the problems in the book.

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