"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."