The Amiga Future 142 was released on the January 9th.
he more as 500 pages book was written by Ralph Babel.
If you're an Amiga programmer, then by now you've probably heard of the Amiga Guru Book, or - more likely - you already own a copy. For the few still left in the dark, here's a brief overview:
The Amiga Guru Book is both an indispensable reference manual and a text book. Containing many concise examples, ready-to-use listings, and comprehensive tables, it presents fundamental knowledge of the system that all Amiga programmers - regardless of the programming language used - must have at their disposal and be able to apply if they wish to create reliable and compatible software. This includes: information about the data types supported by the processor, the operating system, and the compiler; guidelines for proper multitasking programming; the meaning of Guru messages; and an introduction to the peculiarities of C and assembly-language programming on the Amiga.
Experienced C programmers will find information about ANSI C, memory models, compiler specifics, and how to employ the special features supported exclusively by Amiga C compilers so as to create more efficient programs, as well as an overview of all compiler and linker options, libraries, and much more for both Aztec C and SAS/C.
Included for advanced programmers are explanations of amiga.lib, debugging techniques, and ROM-Wack, along with overviews of the hard- and software memory map, the real-time clock, and start-up diagnostics, as well as an in-depth look at the programming of boot blocks and reset-protected programs.
For AmigaDOS pros, this book reveals everything about the dos.library, its error codes, the CLI and user shells, handlers and packets, BCPL, the Global Vector, processes and their creation, and the data structures employed by AmigaDOS. Special features of this book include: the documentation of the structure of executable files as well as the extended object module format, and a thorough and easily understandable explanation of the on-disk block layout of the Fast Filesystem (FFS).
The book takes also pays attention to the peculiarities of the MC68020/030/040 processors and of the MC68881/882 floating-point units. It is concluded by a glossary, a list of recommended readings, and an extensive index.