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Three Books Every System Administrator Should Read

Jul 01, 2009, 15:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Frye)

"The Unix Philosophy by Mike Gancarz

"The Unix Philosophy is a quick read and aims to explain Unix and its design philosophies. One reviewer on Amazon says the book provides "… a rare description of 'Unixness'" and the characterization is spot on. The Unix Philosophy encourages developers and system administrators to keep the spirit of Unix in mind in every task. Indeed, according to Gancarz, Unix is a herald and exemplar of how software should be designed and implemented.

"Much of the book is organized into tenets, where each tenet ties a Unix principle to the jobs of the developer and system administrator. For example, the first tenet is "Small is beautiful." Small modules are easy to code; small programs are simple to understand; and small building blocks lead to modular assembly. Small is better, from writing methods to building a RAID array."

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