We are deeply saddened to learn of the death of noted author W. Richard Stevens. His passing is obviously a tremendous loss for the technical community, but it is a personal one for us as well. Rich was both a gifted colleague and a valued friend who will be greatly missed. We extend our sympathies to his family.
Obituary from the Arizona Daily Star:
STEVENS, W. Richard, noted author of computer books died on September 1. He is best known for his "UNIX Network Programming" series (1990, 1998, 1999), "Advanced Programming in the UNIX Environment" (1992), and "TCP/IP Illustrated" series (1994, 1995, 1996). Richard was born in 1951 in Luanshya, Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia), where his father worked for the copper industry. The family moved to Salt Lake City, Hurley, New Mexico, Washington, DC and Phalaborwa, South Africa. Richard attended Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia. He received a B.SC. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1973, and an M.S. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) in Systems Engineering from the University of Arizona. He moved to Tucson in 1975 and from then until 1982 he was employed at Kitt Peak National Observatory as a computer programmer. From 1982 until 1990 he was Vice President of Computing Services at Health Systems International in New Haven, CT, moving back to Tucson in 1990. Here he pursued his career as an author and consultant. He was also an avid pilot and a part-time flight instructor during the 1970's.
He is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Sally Hodges Stevens; three wonderful children, Bill, Ellen and David; sister, Claire Stevens of Las Vegas, NV; brother, Bob and wifeLinda Stevens of Dallas, TX; nieces, Laura, Sarah, Collette, Christy; and nephew, Brad. He is predeceased by his parents, Royale J. Stevens (1915-1984); and Helen Patterson Stevens (1916-1997). Helen lived in Tucson from 1991-1997, and Royale lived here in the early 1930's attending Tucson High School while his father was treated for TB at the Desert Sanitorium (now TMC). The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in Richard's name to Habitat for Humanity, 2950 E. 22nd Street, Tucson, AZ 85713. A memorial service for Richard will be held at St. Phillip's in the Hills Episcopal Church on Tuesday, September 7th at 12:00 noon. Following the service there will be a reception in the Murphy Gallery of the Church. Please wear colorful clothing to the service; Richard loved colors.
W. Richard Stevens was an acknowledged UNIX and networking expert and the highly-respected author of several books. He was also a sought-after instructor and consultant.
Stephen A. Rago, one of the Bell Laboratories developers who built UNIX System V, Release 4, currently works as a manger at EMC, specializing in file servers and file systems.
Rago (one of the Bell Laboratories developers who built UNIX System V, Release 4) updates the late Stevens' text on programming in the UNIX environment after some 13 years. He has updated the chapters on file input/output (I/O), files and directories, standard I/O library, system data files and information, process environment, process control, process relationships, signals, daemon processes, interprocess communication, network IPC (information processing center), terminal I/O, pseudo terminals, database libraries, and communicating with network printers. Rago has also added chapters on threads, multithreaded programming, and socket interfaces. Interfaces have been brought into line with the 2001 version of the POSIX.1 standard and case studies have been changed to cover more relevant real-world examples, most of which have been tested on the platforms of FreeBSD 5.2.1, the Linux2.4.22 kernel, Solaris 9, and Darwin 7.4.0 (the Free BSD/Mach hybrid underlying Apples Mac OS X 10.3). Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
This book is no superficial rewrite of the first edition. From cover to cover, it's apparent that Rago has carefully interpreted the original text and rewritten it to accurately reflect the changes of the past 13 years; he has also managed to preserve to original lucid and efficient presentation style of Stevens' classic.
|Ch. 1||UNIX system overview||1|
|Ch. 2||UNIX standardization and implementations||25|
|Ch. 3||File I/O||59|
|Ch. 4||Files and directories||87|
|Ch. 5||Standard I/O library||133|
|Ch. 6||System data files and information||161|
|Ch. 7||Process environment||179|
|Ch. 8||Process control||209|
|Ch. 9||Process relationships||261|
|Ch. 12||Thread control||387|
|Ch. 13||Daemon processes||423|
|Ch. 14||Advanced I/O||441|
|Ch. 15||Interprocess communication||495|
|Ch. 16||Network IPC : sockets||545|
|Ch. 17||Advanced IPC||585|
|Ch. 18||Terminal I/O||631|
|Ch. 19||Pseudo terminals||675|
|Ch. 20||A database library||709|
|Ch. 21||Communicating with a network printer||753|