UNIX to Linux Porting: A Comprehensive Reference

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UNIX to Linux Porting: A Comprehensive Reference
UNIX to Linux Porting: A Comprehensive Reference

Authors: Alfredo Mendoza, Chakarat Skawratananond, Artis Walker
Publisher: Prentice Hal
ISBN: 0131871099
Year: April 12 2006
Uploader: 5n7p3r
Port Your UNIX® Applications to Linux®–Quickly, Efficiently, and Reliably

Increasingly, developers, architects, and project managers face the challenge of porting their C, C++, and Java applications from UNIX® to Linux® environments. Now, there’s a definitive, start-to-finish guide to porting applications from today’s most widely used UNIX platforms: Solaris™, HP-UX, and AIX®.

Three of IBM’s most-experienced Linux porting specialists lead you through your entire project: scoping, analysis, recoding, and testing. They present a start-to-finish porting methodology, realistic discussions of key porting tasks, and a questionnaire for assessing the work involved in any new project. You’ll discover what Linux offers in terms of APIs, library functions, versioning, system features, and tools–and the implications for your project. Next, the authors address each individual UNIX® platform in detail, identifying specific porting challenges and best-practice solutions. Coverage includes

· Understanding the Linux environment: GNU binutils, Java environments, shells, packaging options, and more

· Uncovering and addressing project unknowns, variables, and other risks

· Handling specific platform differences: standards, compilers, linkers, versioning, system/library calls, threads, and more

· Testing and debugging ported applications using the GNU debugger and Linux memory leak and performance tracing tools

· Contains quick references to UNIX® and Linux APIs, compilers, and linker options, and a discussion of porting issues unique to IBM’s POWER™ architecture

Whether you need a start-to-finish guide or a concise reference, you’ll find this book an indispensable resource for all your UNIX®-to-Linux porting projects.

About the Author

Alfredo (Freddie) Mendoza is an IT specialist in the Business Strategy and Enablement group within the IBM Systems and Technology division with more than 19 years in application architecture and management. He currently works with independent software vendors to port and migrate their applications into IBM cross-platform operating system offerings. Prior to his current position, Mr. Mendoza worked in IBM’s Global Services, for AIX Kernel development organizations, and as an independent consultant for different software development organizations. Mr. Mendoza has authored and coauthored several patent invention publications on thread management and software algorithms. He is the author of the book Introduction to Utility Computing and coauthor of “Design of an Enablement Process for On-Demand Applications” in the Utility Computing issue of the IBM Systems Journal.

Chakarat Skawratananond, Ph.D., is a technical consultant in the IBM Business Strategy and Enablement organization. He provides technical assistance to software vendors to bring their applications to IBM POWER processor-based systems running AIX and Linux. He has 10 years of experience in UNIX software development and has published several articles related to Linux software migration and performance tuning. He holds a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Artis Walker is a consultant in the IBM Business Strategy and Enablement group. He provides assistance in porting software vendors’ applications and databases to pSeries servers running AIX and Linux on IBM POWER. He has more than 15 years’ experience working on both Microsoft Windows and UNIX platforms, including AIX and Sun Solaris. He has extensive software development experience in IBM DB2 Universal Database (DB2 UDB), ORACLE, ODBC, JDBC, C, C++, and Java. He has published numerous tutorials and articles on migration and performance tuning on AIX and DB2. In addition, he is the originator and main author of a series of articles titled “IBM Embraces Open Source,” which highlights various open-source solutions and their operability and setup on AIX and Linux on the POWER platform. He holds a BA in computer science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.