Yes, I Wrote a Book!

This is the time to unveil the news. Probably, many of my friends know that I was writing the book for last 6 months. Now, it is the proper time to let all of you know that I authored a book on Linux Shell Scripting, The Linux Shell Scripting Cookbook by Packt Publishers, UK.

[ Detailed Information ]

Language : English
Paperback : 360 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : January 2011
ISBN : 1849513767
ISBN 13 : 978-1-84951-376-0
Author(s) : Sarath Lakshman

The book is written in cookbook style and consists of 118 recipes which showcases many real world scripting problems and solutions. The book is divided into 9 chapters based on subjects Basic commands, File related operation, Text processing, Networking, Backup and Archiving, Internet and web, System administration, etc.

I have been using purely GNU/Linux platform for more than 5 years now. UNIX-like operating systems had always amazed me with the command-line experience. The life would have been much difficult without the terminal and command-line. It takes some patient and experience with different problem environments to master the art of command-line and scripting. In many circumstances, problems such as text processing can be performed in one-liner scripts (Crafted line of command by joining pipes and filters). But the same problem can be solved in a very complex way using large number of lines of code. I have compiled many recipes from my experience to teach how to solve problems in simplest and beautiful manner with minimal lines of code.

It was in last April (2010), I happened to see mail from Packt publishers in search of author for Python Cookbook. That is how I thought of writing a book. I felt that experience I gained from shell scripting contests as well as daily usage experience would be enough for me to write a book. The process of authoring book was a good experience apart from my previous experiences on authoring articles for Linux For You. It takes more effort than an initial version of written material to make it to a productive and useful stuff during the editing process. Also I could learn more. The book is available in paperback as well as PDF e-book format.

Anyway, it is something really glad to have a book in hand that I wrote. I have a dedicated page about my book on this website. Please have a look to Book page. You can also go through publisher website for buying this book. You can download a sample chapter of the book from Book page in this website.

I am currently waiting for the paperback author’s copy to reach me by post.

Happy Hacking!