Kernighan and Rob Pike , both of Bell Labs and considered an important and early document of the Unix operating system. The book addresses the Unix philosophy of small cooperating tools with standardized inputs and outputs. Kernighan and Pike give a brief description of the Unix design and the Unix philosophy: . Even though the UNIX system introduces a number of innovative programs and techniques, no single program or idea makes it work well. Instead, what makes it effective is the approach to programming, a philosophy of using the computer. Although that philosophy can't be written down in a single sentence, at its heart is the idea that the power of a system comes more from the relationships among programs than from the programs themselves.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Kernighan ,. Rob Pike. In their preface, the authors explain, "This book is meant to help the reader learn how to program in C.
It contains tutorial introduction to get new users started as soon as possible, separate chapters on each major feature, and a reference manual. Most of the treatment is based on reading, writing, and revising examples, rather than on mere statement of rules. For the mo In their preface, the authors explain, "This book is meant to help the reader learn how to program in C. For the most part, the examples are complete, real programs, rather than isolated garments.
All examples have been tested directly from the text, which is in machine-readable form. Besides showing how to make effective use of the language, we have also tried where possible to illustrate useful algorithms and principles of good style and sound design Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 06, Manny rated it it was amazing Shelves: science , why-not-call-it-poetry.
You can make poetry out of anything. This book is a stunning example. May 09, Akos Hochrein rated it liked it. First of all, the book is incredibly old. If you are a software developer in this world, you will most likely never want to hold books related to your craft as old as this.
However, UNIX is a timeless beauty. This book show exactly why. Apart from receiving practical knowledge with many exercises to hone the newly attained knowledge, the book provide it's r First of all, the book is incredibly old. Apart from receiving practical knowledge with many exercises to hone the newly attained knowledge, the book provide it's reader with deep insight on the theoretical, under-the-surface part of the UNIX system. Sadly, the book is very old indeed, after setting us up with the filters and programming the environment, I have felt, that the coming sections will not be very interesting or up to date, and so they weren't.
My suggestion to new readers is to keep away from the last 2 sections of the book, describing the C programming environment unless the reader is interested in how compilers were written in the old times , and the parts about documentation, since we have way better tools for those in modern environments.
Feb 17, Mike rated it really liked it Shelves: development. Written in , The Unix Programming Environment introduces the reader to the then middle-aged Unix operating system. The environment described is that of spare text-only terminals, command line prompts, inputs, outputs, and the pipes that connect them. It is from a time when telephones were anchored in place with a wire, before they dropped their cords and became our constant companions, sporting sleek bodies, incorporating lenses, clocks, and music.
Yet if you pare away the anachronism there Written in , The Unix Programming Environment introduces the reader to the then middle-aged Unix operating system. Yet if you pare away the anachronism there is a philosophy at work in the Unix they present that still holds currency today. The inventors of Unix envisioned information technology as a fluid composition of interconnected operations.
The aggregate machine specific to a particular solution is composed of independent parts agnostic of the whole; its structure may be quarried, like pieces of marble stripped from a conquered metropolis, and used to build something new.
Sadly, although Unix encourages pillage, there are no civilians to ravage, and no vanquished skulls to pile into pyramids. Maybe in the next version. If you need a break from widgets, sliders, plugins, social networking, mobile phone apps, and all the rest that comes with enacting our hyperconnected world, then take a look at this book.
Reading it is like replacing your television with a fire pit, or looking at figures of animals and men on the walls of a cave. Apr 30, Mark Schulz rated it it was amazing. Should be read by every programmer new to Linux. Kernighan has always been able to give clear explanations and examples of the Unix philosophy.
This is the third time I have read the book and I found it just as useful and illuminating as the first time. I started programming on a Unix system in with only the V6 doc Should be read by every programmer new to Linux. I started programming on a Unix system in with only the V6 documentation some written by Kernighan and the source code to learn from. Kernighan's books helped immensely when they came out. Once met Brian in Sydney in the 's - his books were more interesting.
Apr 16, Kyle The Hacker rated it it was amazing. Despite its age, this book remains remarkably relevant to modern Unix systems. It explains many of the tools available on Unix systems. I've seen many updates on twitter expressing surprise at the fact that Unix allows this or that; many of the posters would have done well to read this book as most of what I've seen was covered in this book.
Jul 10, John Wye added it. Perfectly captures the Unix philosophy of breaking down complex tasks into smaller ones held together by glue code. This book, more than any other, taught me to think the way a programmer thinks. Despite its age it was published in most of the examples still compile and run on a modern Unix-like system; a testament to the firm conceptual foundation of Unix. Oct 05, Alex French rated it it was amazing.
I was impressed enough by this that I have picked up "The C Programming Language" just for the heck of it. The mehs: The final chapter has obviously not been relevant for a very, very long time. The three-ish preceding chapters focused on specific C usage were worth skimming but much less relevant to my interests than the book up to that point. Dec 21, Kim L rated it it was amazing. One word: brilliant. This book ought to be a mandatory study for all computer science students.
Don't just learn different commands; learn to think like the authors. While reading this book one absorbs the paradigms and modes of problem solving from the brightest minds in the field. Jul 16, Ayush Bhat rated it it was amazing.
Small, simple programs that do one thing really well glued together. Amazingly powerful and beautiful. Jan 19, Tom Sturgeon rated it it was amazing.
This book is the Unix philosophy. It is dated on some important parts, but every utility I noticed still exists today. I picked up my copy for free in the library discards. Sep 23, Gokul added it. It's a very beautiful. Jan 23, Sam Klein rated it it was amazing. Undoubtedly a must read for all system administrators and engineers. This book lays out the groundwork on how to navigate and use the environment.
It's concise but comprehensive. Oct 17, Ovidiu Neatu rated it really liked it. Kind of obsolate, as so many people said already. I began reading the book expecting to understand more of the unix system call using the C programming language, but..
ISBN 13: 9789688800676
Brian Wilson Kernighan
The UNIX Programming Environment
Author: Brian W. Kernighan