From Bash to Z Shell

Julie Miller writes “Berkeley, CA—15 December 2004—Every Linux user, whether a system administrator or home user, should know the basics of shell programming. While using a mouse is sometimes an efficient entry method, shells are often the fastest and simplest way to execute a command. However, there are several different types of shells, and each has its benefits and consequences.

To help users become more comfortable with shell usage, Apress will be publishing From Bash to Z Shell: Conquering the Command Line, written by three regarded members of the shell community. Two of the authors, Oliver Kiddle and Peter Stephenson, have both worked on the advancement of the Z Shell for several years, while Jerry Peek is the author of the highly regarded “Power Tools†column in Linux Magazine. Together, these three authors have put together a volume that compares, contrasts, and will surely help any programmer become proficient at using the Bash and Z shells.

“A shell is a sophisticated way to control your computer—Unix, Linux, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and others. If you do more than the most basic operations, you can do many of them more powerfully and quickly with a shell and your keyboard than by using a mouse,†according to the authors.

Highlights of From Bash to Z Shell:

• Compares and contrasts the two most popular shells – Bash and Z Shell
• Comprehensive scripting coverage appeals to both beginning and intermediate level shell users
• Contains hundreds of examples that can be applied to real-life projects

Apress Authors: The Expert’s Voice(tm)

Oliver Kiddle was first introduced to Unix systems while studying at the University of York. Since graduating in 1998, Oliver has worked as a software developer and system administrator. Over the past five years, Oliver has been actively involved with the development of the Z shell.

Jerry Peek is a freelance writer and instructor. He has used shells extensively and has taught users about them for over 20 years. Peek is the “Power Tools†columnist for Linux Magazine.

Peter Stephenson grew up in northeast England and studied physics at Oxford. After nine years as a researcher in computational physics, he became a software engineer with Cambridge Silicon Radio, where he now works on short-range digital radio. He has been involved with zsh since the early 1990s and currently coordinates its development.

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From Bash to Z Shell: Conquering the Command Line
Oliver Kiddle, Jerry Peek, and Peter Stephenson
Published 15 November 2004 * ISBN: 1-59059-376-6 * $34.99 * 400 pages”