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The Unix Philosophy: A Cast of Thousands; One Small Step for Humankind; Rapid Prototyping for Fun and Profit; The Portability Priority; Now That's Leverage!; The Perils of Interactive Programs; More Unix Philosophy: Ten Lesser Tenets; Making Unix Do One Thing Well; Unix and Other Operating System Philosophies; Through the Glass Darkly: Linux vs. Windows; A Cathedral? How Bizarre!; Brave New (Unix) World
Concise list of philosophy tenets makes it a handy quick reference Anecdotal examples personalize the book for the reader Conversational style makes it easy and joyful to read
Mike Gancarz is an applications and programming consultant in Atlanta, Georgia. Using Linux, Unix, and Java tools, his team develops award-winning imaging solutions for the financial services industry. An expert in Unix application design, Mike has been an advocate of the Unix approach for more than twenty years. As a member of the team that gave birth to the X Window System, he pioneered usability concepts still found in modern window managers running on Linux today. While working at Digital Equipment Corporation's Unix Engineering Group in Nashua, New Hampshire, Mike led the port of the Unix commands and utilities to the 64-bit Alpha processor. His first book, The Unix Philosophy (Digital Press, 1995), has sold over 15,000 copies worldwide.
"The concept of Linux and the GNU project, while appearing to be the 'next step' of the Unix Philosophy, is only the return from a wayward path. Everything stated in the Unix Philosophy's first edition is just as true today, perhaps even more so. The addition of source code availability allows you to see exactly how these masters of code created their systems, and challenges you to create even faster code with greater capabilities." -Jon "maddog" Hall, Executive Director, Linux International "By effectively linking the principles used in Unix with those used by the Linux development community, Gancarz sheds new light on the Open Source philosophy." -Henry L. Hall, CEO, Wild Open Source