Mac OS X: The Complete Reference

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This is a complete guide to all the new features of Mac OS X. Written by experienced author and Mac expert Jesse Feiler, this reference will show both new and current power users how to get the most out of this powerful new operating system.

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On the surface, Mac OS X isn't all that different from Mac OS 9.1. Indeed, most users will be just as happy with the slightly older version of the Macintosh operating system as with version X. But for people who have longed for a more robust kernel with true preemptive multitasking, better graphics support, and a stronger suite of programming tools, Mac OS X is manna. Like too many other books that choose to focus on Mac OS X as just another Mac System for everyday home and office users, Mac OS X: The Complete Reference explores the new Mac OS in terms of its basic features before delving into its new architecture, server capabilities, and BSD Unix-derived features.

Feiler's coverage of the new features isn't terribly deep--readers might expect more from a "Complete Reference." In explaining the new low-level architecture of Mac OS X, for example, Feiler does a fine job of explaining that Mach manages system resources and that an implementation of BSD Unix handles tasks associated with networking, the filesystem, and threads of execution. Great, but there's nothing about configuring a machine at the BSD command line or the "Unix way" of thinking about hardware and settings. Read this book if you're a beginner or interested in a high-level guide to the new features, but look elsewhere for deep documentation. --David Wall

Topics covered: The features of Mac OS X, explained at a level suitable for everyday users, with some sections of interest to administrators and power users. Specialized sections address architectural fundamentals, hardware and software setup, networking, and programming with AppleScript, Carbon, and Cocoa.

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The Most Authoritative Book Available on Apple's New Operating System

Take Apple's most stable, advanced, operating system to unprecedented heights with the help of this full-coverage resource. Learn how this completely new operating system leverages powerful, core technologies like Java and Unix, while building upon the famously friendly Macintosh interface. Take advantage of Mac's renowned networking capabilities, rock-solid system architecture, and best-in-class graphics support. From Darwin, the open source core of Mac OS X to Aqua, the elegant, surprisingly simple user interface, Mac OS X: The Complete Reference elucidates every facet of this stunningly smart operating system, guiding you to a rich, productive, and entertaining Mac OS X experience.

  • Navigate effortlessly in Aqua--the fluid, fresh, state-of-the-art user interface
  • Use the revolutionary Dock to organize and access everything from documents to applications to streaming video
  • Save and exchange documents over networks using the Mac OS X pdf-based graphic architecture and file sharing
  • Store, organize, and retrieve files more easily than ever through Aqua's completely reconfigured Finder
  • Send and receive mail with the Mail application--plus create documents, databases, and presentations with AppleWorks
  • Develop and deploy applications in Classic, Carbon, or Cocoa development environments
  • Maximize your Internet experience with features like Sherlock, iTools, and support for a wide array of protocols
  • Use AppleScript, Mac OS X services, and the command line to increase your productivity
  • Implement even richer graphics with built-in support for portable and consistent visual effects, multimedia, and more
  • Understand pre-emptive multitasking, symmetric multiprocessing, and protected memory for virtually crash-proof computing

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