June 03, 2003

Mac OS X Hacks, by Rael Dornfest and Kevin Hemenway

This book makes an interesting companion to Mac OS X: The Missing Manual. Rather than trying to cover the entire operating system and desktop environment, the book focusses on 100 "hacks" -- which is to say, 100 advanced topics. It's really a cookbook full of recipes for doing interesting things with your Mac, and throws light in a number of dark corners. I'm glad I bought it, and I expect that I'll refer to it regularly.

That said, the book suffers from being...well, from being a book. The Mac OS X scene is evolving rapidly, and many of the hacks are to some extent out of date. As just one example, there's a section on how to install a MySQL database server; it appears to be a terribly involved process. And yet, even though the book was just published in March it's already out-of-date; there's now a version of MySQL for the Mac that can be installed as easily as any shrink-wrapped software. More easily, in some cases.

Posted by Will Duquette at June 3, 2003 04:37 PM