Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach -- still relevant?

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  1. monsoco macrumors newbie

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    I noticed that Amit's book came out in June 2006. Now that it's almost 2 years later and 10.5 has come out, etc. would those of you who are familiar with this book still say it's $65 relevant?

    The book is exactly what I am looking for (as far as I can tell), and for the most part it seems like the technologies and concepts it covers shouldn't have changed with 10.5, etc. Is this true? Should I go ahead and spend the money? I haven't noticed anything on his blog about a v2 (though I could have just missed it).

    Thanks!
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    It is relevant, in that it contains an incredible amount of information on how the OS truly works. It's hard to know what is relevant and what isn't, incomparison to 10.4 and 10.5.

    Basically though, why do you want it? IMO, its mostly for the geeky and the.. well... geeky.
     
  3. monsoco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Precisely why I want it :D That's the stuff I'd like to learn about with respect to OS X.
     
  4. yeroen macrumors 6502a

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    Most of what changed in Leopard would only affect Chapter 2 of 'OS X Internals', which is an overview of user-space and developer technologies.

    Apart from read-only support for ZFS and some driver stuff, I'm not sure how extensive the changes to the OS X kernel were in going from Tiger --> Leopard. Since the kernel is what 'OS X Internals' is all about, the book is still very much relevant (remember that the Darwin component of OS X, which includes the XNU kernel, is open-source).

    In case I'm wrong, Amit Singh has a website:

    http://www.osxbook.com/

    His contact info is included and seems an approachable sort. I'm sure he'd be happy to answer your questions, and would be able to give you a much more knowledgeable answer than any of us can.

    If you hear back from him, let us know what he said.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Then I'd say it's definitely worth the money. There's a mind boggling amount of information in that book.
     
  6. monsoco thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I've been poking around the site some, and it looks like as of last October Amit said he didn't have any plans for a Leopard edition:

    http://www.osxbook.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=84

    EDIT: err... wait.... that was Oct 2006 that Amit posted. He didn't respond to the Oct 2007 question...hmm...
     
  7. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    I'm sure Google has him tied up most of the time. :)
     
  8. yeroen macrumors 6502a

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    too busy lighting his cigars with burning $100 bills, I reckon
     
  9. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    bah, $100 bills are for ass wiping. $500 bills are for cigar lighting!

    :)
     
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