The promise of having control over their environment draws programmers to UNIX. It offers powerful tools for the initiated within an operating system that can be customized and tuned in almost unlimited ways. Programmers use UNIX because it lets them do what they want. And they like to see the source code for the software they work with.So it's no surprise the most popular programming tools on UNIX are free. They're easy to get, easy to customize, and better than many tools put out by vendors. They also offer a great deal of power. And the source code is publicly available.This book and CD combination is a complete package for programmers who are new to UNIX or who would like to make better use of the system. The tools come from Cygnus Support, Inc., and Cyclic Software, companies that provide support for free software. The tools on the CD include:
GNU Emacs, the legendary text editor
gcc, the C and C++ compiler that immediately established itself as the best UNIX compiler for robustness and optimization
GNU libraries (including C++ libraries)
The gdb debugger
RCS, a tool for backing up and maintaining multiple versions of source files
GNU make, the most powerful version of that utility for managing builds
The book provides an introduction to all these tools for a C programmer. Previous experience with UNIX is not required.The CD-ROM in this book contains binaries for several popular UNIX systems, including Sun SPARC4 running SunOS 4.1.3, Sun SPARC4 running Solaris 2.4, HP 9000/700 running HPUX, IBM RS/6000 running AIX 3, SGI Iris/Indigo running Irix 5.3, and Alpha running Digital UNIX. Complete source code and scripts for configuration, building, and installation are also included.
Mike Loukides is an editor for O'Reilly & Associates. He is the author of System Performance Tuning and UNIX for FORTRAN Programmers. Mike's interests are system administration, networking, programming languages, and computer architecture. His academic background includes degrees in electrical engineering (B.S.) and English literature (Ph.D.).
Our look is the result of reader comments, our own experimentation, and feedback from distribution channels. Distinctive covers complement our distinctive approach to technical topics, breathing personality and life into potentially dry subjects. A black swan is featured on the cover of Programming with GNU Tools. Swans are large aquatic birds that, along with ducks and geese, belong to the family Anatidae. There are seven species of swan distributed through all of the continents except Antarctica. The black swan is a native of Australia, but is now distributed throughout the world.Unlike most species of Anatidae, female and male black swans share the duty of incubating the eggs. The gray chicks are able to swim almost immediately after hatching, but often hitch rides on their parents' back when tired. Black swans are also almost alone in not adapting their breeding season to the climate they live in. That means that their young hatch during the warmest time of the year in Australia, but in winter in Europe and North America, the hardest time of year for them to survive.Because of their arching necks and graceful beauty, and because they mate for life, people have long held a romantic fascination with swans. They are the subject of numerous fairytales, legends, and works of art. Swans were once believed to hold special powers because, being animals of the water, air, and land, they were believed to live between all three of these worlds. UNIX and its attendant programs can be unruly beasts. Nutshell Handbooks help you tame them.... Edie Freedman designed this cover and the entire UNIX bestiary that appears on Nutshell Handbooks, using a 19th-century engraving from the Dover Pictorial Archive. The cover layout was produced with Quark XPress 3.3 using the ITC Garamond font.The inside layout was designed by Nancy Priest. Text was prepared by Erik Ray in SGML DocBook 2.4 DTD. The print version of this book was created by translating the SGML source into a set of gtroff macros using a filter developed at ORA by Norman Walsh. Steve Talbott designed and wrote the underlying macro set on the basis of the GNU troff -gs macros; Lenny Muellner adapted them to SGML and implemented the book design. The GNU groff text formatter version 1.09 was used to generate PostScript output. The text and heading fonts are ITC Garamond Light and Garamond Book. The illustrations that appear in the book were created in Macromedia Freehand 5.5 by Chris Reilley.
Comments about oreilly Programming with GNU Software:
You've somehow finagled your way into a job programming C/C++ on Linux/UNIX. It's been N years since play C programs in college, filled with Java, Visual C++, and such. Will you last in the new job?
With this book, yes! gcc, gdb, make, and gprof: learn the really important basics right here. (Do yourself a HUGE favor and switch to Emacs while you're at it.) RCS has been supplanted by CVS, so that part could use an update.
An absolute must have. Basics are basic, but you need them, and online manuals that cover (say) the entire Emacs or gdb toolsets aren't the best place to learn.
Comments about oreilly Programming with GNU Software:
At a first reading, it may seems that the book is a rubbish and that there are only a few information provided in it. But the fact is that among the many books I have bought, there are only two of them I open very often:
Programming with GNU software
Programming with GNU software provides us with the only information that are useful for most of us in many situations, all in a single book which makes researches easy and fast. I think this is all a book is for.