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Kylix Power Solutions with Don Taylor, Jim Mischel, and Tim Gentry [Paperback]

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Written by Kylix experts and respected software developers, this book provides readers with accurate, understandable, easy to use, and dependable programming approaches and solutions. It also helps readers understand the whys of Kylix and Linux as well as the hows, using carefully documented commentary on why each approach is used. This book is ideal for experienced Delphi programmers expanding to the Linux operating system through Kylix and existing Linux developers wishing to develop GUI-based programs under Linux.

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Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.34" Width: 7.36" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   1.33 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 1, 2002
Publisher   Paraglyph
ISBN  1932111298  
ISBN13  9781932111293  

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1Books > Subjects > Computers & Internet > Networking > Data in the Enterprise > Client-Server Systems
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Reviews - What do customers think about Kylix Power Solutions with Don Taylor, Jim Mischel, and Tim Gentry?

The Title Says it all  May 5, 2004
This book stands out from the rest. It is not a book for beginners, but a solid discussion of real world solutions.

Any experienced Delphi developer needs to add this to his/her collection.

Covers topics such as Inter-process communications, semaphores, threading etc. Well written with not so bad example code.

My favorite Kylix reference  Apr 30, 2003
This one contains so many useful Linux tidbits and "How to get things done" sections, it is always the Kylix reference I pick up first.
Excellent overview of Linux system programming  Apr 7, 2002
300 pages - not encyclopedic - but a rich, thorogh introduction to Linux system programming and how to go about it using Kylix. Well worth the money.
All the missing bits - manna from Heaven  Jan 8, 2002
I'm a long-time Delphi programmer and relatively recent migrant to Linux. This book absolutely fills the gaps for me in the numerous places where I'm asking "Now, how the heck do I go about doing THIS on Linux?".

It's not about Kylix (although the samples and solutions are in ObjectPascal, of course) so much as about accessing the nuts and bolts of Linux through HLL calls to the OS, MMS and filesystem. Although it is primarily relevant to ObjectPascal it will be a great resource for developers using other HLLs on Linux too. It really fills in the bits that are missing from Linux books, programming books, FAQ forums and so on if your history has been with DOS and Windows and, especially, if you want to cross-plat your Delphi components.

I needed this book a year ago and I'm overjoyed to have it, now that I'm using Kylix 2.

Operating systems programming discussed thoroughly  Oct 31, 2001
This book mostly provides linux-specific low level operating system solutions (forking, process control, shared libraries, semaphores, pipes, signal hangling, message passing, etc). I bought it because i wanted to know how to do in Kylix things I used to do in C, and I am very satisfied with the information provided. The book is rich in code examples, logically structured, and well explained. It is written in the hands-on style, where an explanation as to how things work is followed by a specific code example. The explanations are straightforward and easy to follow, but in order to benefit from reading the book you should be familiar with operating systems programming concepts like interprocess communication, and have some knowledge of unix (target level is listed as intermediate/advanced)....

In this context, the chapter on Help does not seem to belong in this book, and the book could better benefit from being called "Linux System Programming with Kylix". Also, most of the code examples could be cut by 30-50%. For example, there's no need to list visual object declarations, since even novice can deduce these from the photograph (and they're not essential to the subject matter anyway). Since the book was published, Kylix 2 has been released, and I think the book could benefit from a 2nd edition updated with the changes Borland made in Kylix2. I don't think any essential changes would be neccessary, since operating system concepts do not change overnight. However, there are many times when authors state: "this and that is broken, and therefore you should use the code below," and such portions should be updated.

Overall, this book gets 4 stars from me:
+ 5 because it's the only position on the market with this information, and the information is adequate and presented in an organized manner;
-1 because of the criticism listed above.


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