Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach
Mac OS X was released in March 2001, but many components, such as Mach and BSD, are considerably older. Understanding the design, implementation, and workings of Mac OS X requires examination of several technologies that differ in their age, origins, philosophies, and roles.
Mac OS X Internals: A Systems Approach is the first book that dissects the internals of the system, presenting a detailed picture that grows incrementally as you read. For example, you will learn the roles of the firmware, the bootloader, the Mach and BSD kernel components (including the process, virtual memory, IPC, and file system layers), the object-oriented I/O Kit driver framework, user libraries, and other core pieces of software. You will learn how these pieces connect and work internally, where they originated, and how they evolved. The book also covers several key areas of the Intel-based Macintosh computers.
A solid understanding of system internals is immensely useful in design, development, and debugging for programmers of various skill levels. System programmers can use the book as a reference and to construct a better picture of how the core system works. Application programmers can gain a deeper understanding of how their applications interact with the system. System administrators and power users can use the book to harness the power of the rich environment offered by Mac OS X. Finally, members of the Windows, Linux, BSD, and other Unix communities will find the book valuable in comparing and contrasting Mac OS X with their respective systems.
Mac OS X Internals focuses on the technical aspects of OS X and is so full of extremely useful information and programming examples that it will definitely become a mandatory tool for every Mac OS X programmer.
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Review: Mac OS X Internals: A Systems ApproachUser Review - Steve - Goodreads
Never 'finished;' this book is fascinating but I found that it took a lower-level approach than I was curious at. It's great for someone delving into the core of the system but if you are interested ... Read full review
Review: Mac OS X Internals: A Systems ApproachUser Review - Keith - Goodreads
It's in need of a new version soon, but this is the most comprehensive book on OS X out there. This is not a book for the average end user of a Mac. This is for hard core OS hackers and UNIX geeks. Awesome. Read full review
About the Author
Chapter 1Origins of Mac OS X
Chapter 2An Overview of Mac OS X
Chapter 3Inside an Apple
Chapter 4The Firmware and the Bootloader
Chapter 5Kernel and UserLevel Startup
Chapter 9Interprocess Communication
910 Named Pipes Fifos
911 File Descriptor Passing
912 XSI IPC
914 Distributed Objects
915 Apple Events
Chapter 6The xnu Kernel
88 Kernel and User Address Space Layouts
89 Universal Page Lists UPLs
810 Unified Buffer Cache UBC
811 The Dynamic Pager Program
Mapping the Swap
812 The Update Daemon
813 System Shared Memory
814 Task Working Set Detection and Maintenance
815 Memory Allocation in User Space
Malloc Zones in Cocoa
816 Memory Allocation in the Kernel
817 MemoryMapped Files
818 64bit Computing
How Many Bits?
Standards and 64bit
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