Review of Wicked Cool Shell Scripts (2004)


Brandon Perry (writer), Dave Taylor (writer).

Read in 2020.

I read the second edition (2016), cursively.

If you all do is admin on a handful of systems, this is a good resource. It’s very will written for its approach, but the approach is flawed. If you want to write reliable shell scripts, prefer Pro Bash Programming: Scripting the GNU/Linux Shell (2009), which deals much more effectively with the principles. If you want to package your tools to have them version-managed and at your fingertips on arbitrary remote hosts, or shuffle data, neither book will help you much.

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