Linux Application Development

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9780201308211: Linux Application Development

A guide for programmers wanting to develop applications on the Linux platform. Includes an introduction to the operating system and discussions of documentation, compiling, linking and loading, Linux-specific debugging tools, the kernel interface, development tools, and dynamic loading at runtime. Appends information on direct access to I/O ports and GNU licenses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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This practical reference guides programmers developing Linux applications or porting applications from other platforms. Linux is fundamentally similar to Unixoso, much of the book covers ground familiar to Unix programmersobut this book consistently addresses topics from a Linux point of view. The aim throughout is to provide the detailed information you need to take full advantage of Linux.

If you are already a proficient Unix programmer, this book will greatly facilitate your transition to Linux. You will also find helpful discussions of some tricky Unix topics, such as process and session groups, job control, and tty handling.

If you are a C programmer, but know neither Unix nor Linux, reading this book in its entirety and working with its numerous examples will give you a solid introduction to Linux programming.

If you are already a Linux programmer, this bookis clear treatment of advanced and otherwise confusing topics will surely make your programming tasks easier.

Linux Application Development is divided into four parts. Part 1 introduces you to Linuxothe operating system, licenses, and documentation. Part 2 covers the most important aspects of the development environmentothe compilers, linker, loader, and debugging tools. Part 3othe heart of the bookodescribes the interface to the kernel and to the core system libraries, including discussion of the process model, file handling, directory operations, signal processing (including the Linux signal API), job control, the POSIX!= termios interface, sockets, and the Linux console. Part 4 describes important development libraries with interfaces more independent of the kernel.

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Michael K. Johnson is an operating system engineer at Specifix. He was formerly an operating system developer for Red Hat, where he managed the kernel team for three and a half years, and was founding technical leader of the Fedora Project. He occasionally teaches full-day tutorials on Linux application development.

Erik W. Troan, cofounder and Executive VP of Operating Systems at Specifix, was formerly Vice President of Product Engineering at Red Hat, where he was responsible for specifying and building technologies such as RPM, Linux operating systems, the Red Hat Network, high-performance Web servers, and the infrastructure for Red Hat's Web site.



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