Useful Linux book
Thought I'd recommend a book about Linux which I've just bought. It's very good:
'Beginning Linux Programming' by Neil Matthew and Richard Stones. Published by John Wiley and Sons Inc./ ISBN 0764544977.
It has an excellent chapter on shell scripting. The rest is mainly to do with C programming in one way or another. Not really a newbie's book, but great for reference, well laid out and even I can follow most of it. Not cheap though (unless you buy it online) and big enough to stand on and look over walls :)
I was thinking of buying this book a while ago I thought it looked good I think I might buy it now :) I have a few good wiley books
This book has got the best intro. to shell scripting I can find. I read it through and then went and wrote a script to handle mplayer in the shell, so instead of typing mplayer -dvd 1 -chapter 1 I just type 1, or 2 etc. Thinking of putting a gui on this just for phun, 'cos all my dvds start up differently. It even shows you how to script a complete database, and how to write a server in C (about 30 lines of code... at least to start with). It's very good indeed :D