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Mac OS X: The Complete Reference Reviewed by Mikerose23 on Dec 27 . Rating: 4.5 Mac OS X: The Complete Reference This is a complete guide to all the new features of Mac OS X. Written by experienced author and Mac expert Jesse Feiler, this reference will show both new and current power users how to get the most out of this powerful new operating system.On the surface, Mac OS […]

Mac OS X: The Complete Reference


Mac OS X: The Complete Reference


This is a complete guide to all the new features of Mac OS X. Written by experienced author and Mac expert Jesse Feiler, this reference will show both new and current power users how to get the most out of this powerful new operating system.On the surface, Mac OS X isn’t all that different from Mac OS 9.1. Indeed, most users will be just as happy with the slightly older version of the Macintosh operating system as with version X. But for people who have longed for a more robust kernel with true preemptive multitasking, better graphics support, and a stronger suite of programming tools, Mac OS X is manna. Like too many other books that choose to focus on Mac OS X as just another Mac System for everyday home and office users, Mac OS X: The Complete Reference explores the new Mac OS in terms of its basic features before delving into its new architecture, server capabilities, and BSD Unix-derived features.

Feiler’s coverage of the new features isn’t terribly deep–readers might expect more from a “Complete Reference.” In explaining the new low-level architecture of Mac OS X, for example, Feiler does a fine job of explaining that Mach manages system resources and that an implementation of BSD Unix handles tasks associated with networking, the filesystem, and threads of execution. Great, but there’s nothing about configuring a machine at the BSD command line or the “Unix way” of thinking about hardware and settings. Read this book if you’re a beginner or interested in a high-level guide to the new features, but look elsewhere for deep documentation. –David Wall

Topics covered: The features of Mac OS X, explained at a level suitable for everyday users, with some sections of interest to administrators and power users. Specialized sections address architectural fundamentals, hardware and software setup, networking, and programming with AppleScript, Carbon, and Cocoa.



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  • 16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Extensive, but shallow, August 27, 2001
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    This review is from: Mac OS X: The Complete Reference (Paperback)
    A better title for this book might be “Mac OS X: The Complete Overview”. Coverage of the new OS is a mile wide and an inch deep. It might be a good book for someone thinking about moving to OS X who is looking for general information to help make their decision, but its lack of depth will frustrate a new OS X user wanting to master their system. For some chapters the low level of detail is fine and to be expected, but for others it effectively renders the information provided useless. For example, I found the chapter on using the command line particularly frustrating as I wanted to learn how to use some of the basic commands. There is an extensive list of commands, but no explanations of how they work. Here is an example: chmod: Change file permissions chmod [-R [-H | -L | -P]] mode file … That is it! No explanations of the options, what the modes are, or what exactly you need to type in for ‘file’. This may be okay for a Unix user needing to confirm the command syntax, but for a classic Mac user, this section is largely useless without an accompanying Unix manual. Having said that, if all you want is a flavor of OS X, and not any detail, the book is extensive and does touch on almost all of its features.

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  • 15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Very good book about everything you could ever ask!, June 20, 2001
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    Andre (Oslo, Norway) –

    This review is from: Mac OS X: The Complete Reference (Paperback)
    This book introduces you to OS X, with a complete walkthrough of nearly every feature OS X has to present. It will be valuable to Wintel users too, because the introduction to Macs is done very professional. It treats every user the same, and it does just what it’s supposed to do, namely as a complete reference, in which I think it does very well. The book is also based on version 10.0.2 as of this writing, which makes all those other books written for the beta version old and outdated. You won’t find better books about OS X !!!

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  • 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice book for a new Mac User, June 27, 2001
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    Frank Bergdoll (Calgary, Alberta Canada) –

    This review is from: Mac OS X: The Complete Reference (Paperback)
    As a new Mac User, this book is an excellent resource! I searched high and low to find something that was comprehensive enough to appeal to the more technical aspects of the OS and this book did delve into them to a fairly good extent (some mention of architecture and comparative architecture). For the most part, I would have given the book a 4/5, but … there’s a programming section! This is very nice to add to a book and it brought back all sorts of warm and fuzzy feelings of the old days when all manuals and texts dealt with programming to some extent. Nice book and a good choice for those needing a Mac reference. The book spends some time on the interface and interaction with the interface — so you may wish to skim “some” of the material if you are already comfortable with GUI operations. However, sometimes reading these sections will give you insight into something you forgot or a detail you never quite knew.

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