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Linux Journal: Linux Programmer's Reference, Second Edition [review]

Aug 26, 2000, 12:35 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ibrahim Haddad)

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"Every once in a while--and more frequently lately, due to the growing popularity of Linux--a book appears pretending to be a reference, but the material is neither well-organized nor complete enough to truly be called a reference for the subject. Linux Programmer's Reference does not fall into either category."

"Linux Programmer's Reference is not a "Learn-X-in-12-hours" type of book. This book is not meant to teach C, C++ or Perl. It is meant to serve as a reference for those moments when you have a programming-related question, such as when you've forgotten the syntax or wonder whether a feature exists or not. This book will give all you need to get a clear and concise answer without having to search countless pages in different books or seek the help of your colleagues."

"I received a number of comments from some reviewers wishing there was more on scripting languages than the Perl and Tcl/Tk listings in the appendices. I agree with them. If a solid chapter on scripting languages was included instead, it would have been a great book. Nevertheless, it's still a good book, well-written and concise, and it covers the ground. If you need a good reference, Linux Programmer's Reference is the book to buy."

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