RiscPkg author publishes new coding bookPublished: 25th Feb 2007, 00:28:12 | Permalink | Printable
Everything you wanted to know about UnixLibRiscPkg author Graham Shaw has written and published a new book for RISC OS programmers. His latest dead tree tome, Using UnixLib, aims to introduce coders to the GCCSDK library that provides the basic C function set as well as, effectively, a UNIX-compatibility layer.
Graham, who is also working on a replacement Shared C Library module, said: "Using UnixLib describes in detail how UnixLib goes beyond the capabilities of a standard C library, with particular emphasis on how UNIX-like capabilities have been adapted to and implemented within the RISC OS environment. It is aimed at intermediate-level programmers who have experience of C and RISC OS, but not necessarily of UNIX."
As well as providing standard functions for C programs, UnixLib includes most of the functions that a program would expect to find on a system running UNIX, according to Graham. He said this made UnixLib ideal for porting software usually found on GNU/Linux and related OSes to RISC OS - but the library can be used to power new, native ROS applications.
He said: "Because many open source programs assume that these functions are available, this makes UnixLib particularly suitable for porting such programs to RISC OS, but the features it provides can be equally useful when writing new code."
The book, launched during Saturday's South West show, costs eight quid plus a pound for postage. Graham said profits will be spent on promoting RISC OS open source software programming.
Graham Shaw's website
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