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Thomas Dickey wrote:Naturally. What second editions do you know that don't "copy" examples
>>Seen in that light, there's nothing wrong with using a similar
>>organization, writing style, and diagrams; all second editions bear a
> including copying examples and user exercises?
and user exercises, not to mention everything else that hasn't become
incorrect since the first edition was published? That's what second
>>Even beyond all that, APUE is widely considered one of the best-writtenI own them both and have looked at some of the sections you cite. The
>>technical books ever. Is there some reason subsequent authors shouldn't
>>stand on the shoulders of giants? In fact what makes Unix so great is
>>that it's promiscuous in the best sense of the word; it's never been
>>afraid to borrow ideas. Windows is an original creation; Unix is an
>>evolutionary mishmash. Which would you rather use? And why shouldn't the
>>authors if Unix books use the same techniques which worked so well for
>>the authors of Unix code?
> I recommend that you examine both books before talking only about techniques.
resemblances are striking; there can be no debate that SSP was written
with APUE lying open to the left of the keyboard. The question is how to
judge that. Consider that if you look at the source code for Solaris
itself you'd find sections which bear a similarly striking resemblance
to *BSD. That's not considered plagiarism, it's considered reuse, as
long as no licenses are violated. The alternative would be NIH syndrome,
also known as Windows.
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