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Old 09-28-2004, 10:20 PM   #1
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Shell Programming Books

Hi. I would like to know what the difference between shell programming, scripting and unix programmming is? I am doing c shell scripts and could somebody recommend me a book that I could purchase online??? Thanks.
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The Unix C Shell Field Guide. If you want on that is covers several shells then Unix Shells by Example.

You can get it new from Prentice Hall. I got mine off Ebay.
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As a hardware person I group shell programming and scripts like perl, tcl/tk etc. in the same class. These programs are interpreted i.e. some other binary program reads the ASCII file, parses it line by line and then executes each line.

c, c++, fortran and others use compiliers to convert the source code into a binary executable.

I do not know what you mean by unix programming except it involves both interpreters and compilers.
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Just to nitpick, perl is 'compiled' in memory and then that version is run, which is why it's so quick.
See the '-c' option if you want it to do the compile without running.
Technically it's more of a compiled env that is run, as you wouldn't get a binary executable on disk, although there are tools to do that.
Unix programming can either mean programming on Unix (in the lang of your choice) or writing Unix OS / driver code. It' a context thing.


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