Need to RTFM on Networking and Bash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dr.Pants, Oct 8, 2009.

  1. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Well, as the title suggests, I'm a complete n00b at Networking and Bash in OSX and I would really like to become more proficient in both of them. I understand the basic concepts (at least I like to think I do), but I'm just hitting a wall when it comes to finding information on these topics that I can digest.
  2. Dr.Pants thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Anybody have any suggestions? Something that they used, perhaps?
  3. rowsdower macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2009
    I think your best bet would be to come up with some sort of a project involving one or both and learn while doing.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    a project makes a great deal more sense. Networking and shells books can be some of the most boring things in the world.

    Bash is an outgrowth of the bourne shell (sh) plus features from other shells like csh and ksh. We always referred to it as the bourne-again-shell.

    The shell languages are incredibly complex and without a project you will get so bored so fast.

    Networking can be just as complex.There are two thick books about Unix network programming, and they talk about all manner of things you are probably not going to need.

    W. Richard stevens has two excellent books, "Unix Network Programming" in two volumes. these books are not cheap, running $45-50 u.s.. I used these as reference works when I worked in that area.
  5. Dr.Pants thread starter macrumors 65816


    Jan 8, 2009
    Sorry for the extended reply. Thanks all. I guess a project it is then!

    Also, old-wiz, thanks for the literary recommendation. It may be a while, but I'll look around for those tomes - I'm a chem major, $50 USD is not a whole lot for a single volume.

    Now its up to my imagination.... :)

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