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Top 3 UNIX Shell Books

It’s Top Thursday again.

Today 3 books from the cosmos of UNIX shell programming.

1. Bash Cookbook

It’s a great collection of all kinds of smaller and larger bash scripts. Great for just digging around or looking for a quick solution without having to go through all the fluff on stackoverflow. Instead of going deeply into theory this book is all about practical application. The only real way to learn ๐Ÿ˜‚

2. Regular Expressions

Regular Expressions (RegEx) are everywhere. Search&Replace something complicated in your editor? RegEx to the rescue. You should at least master basic RegEx. It will help you everywhere in your daily work. I got this book in 1998 when I worked a lot with PERL. Still relevant, covers it all. What you will learn from this book can be directly applied with the next book.

3. sed&awk

I personally don’t own this book, but I didn’t wanted to show you only 2 today ๐Ÿ˜‚. From the contents it looks good and also the reviews are good. sed&awk are two UNIX text processing tools which will greatly help you processing all kinds of txt files. From text to logs to csv, it can handle everything and you can make magic happen with a line in your console. Also great for impressing girls. Looks like you’re a hacker and know what you are doing.

Coming to the end now, there’s two things I want to point your attention to.

1st: As you can see at Amazon, sed&awk is from 1997, (2nd Edition ๐Ÿ˜‚)

This shit is almost 30 years around. You won’t find much that’s that long around. It’s TIMELESS knowledge!

2nd: sed&awk, at the top it’s written ‘UNIX Power Tools’. They wrote ‘power’ for a reason. It’s pure power.

Master it!

See… I learned that shit 25 years ago. And you still haven’t learned it. That’s the reason why I sit in the sun and write stupid top lists for you while you copy&paste your way through the day.

Stop that and grab a book.

You see the two apes on the sed&awk cover?

That’s you when you don’t learn it ๐Ÿ˜‚

4 thoughts on “Top 3 UNIX Shell Books”

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