Rich Rosen

Rich Rosen

Web application architect, author, gadfly

Areas of Expertise:

  • Java
  • Web application development
  • Mac OS X
  • Relational databases
  • Digital music production

Rich Rosen is one of the co-authors (along with Brian Jepson and Ernie Rothman) of the fourth edition of Mac OS X for Unix Geeks, which was published in the fall of 2008. He has been actively working with Macs for over twenty years, currently using a Mac mini as his home server, an iMac as the centerpiece of his home recording studio, and a MacBook for live musical performance and writing.

Rich has also collaborated with Leon Shklar on Web Application Architecture: Principles, Protocols & Practices, a textbook on advanced Web application development that had its second edition published in the spring of 2009. He began his career eons ago at Bell Labs, where his work with relational databases, Unix, and the Internet prepared him well for the world of Web application development. He currently works at Wireless Generation in Brooklyn, NY where he is a Senior Software Developer. Rich holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stevens Institute of Technology, and he lives in New Jersey with his wife, Celia, whose singing provides a sweet counterpoint to the cacophony he produces in his studio.

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Mac OS X for Unix Geeks (Leopard) Mac OS X for Unix Geeks (Leopard)
by Ernest E. Rothman, Brian Jepson, Rich Rosen
Fourth Edition September 2008
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

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Howard Rheingold's Crap Detection 101 (Review)

January 20 2011

O'Reilly is offering a series of videos from internet pioneer Howard Rheingold on how people can determine for themselves whether the information they come across on the web is useful, valid, legitimate, or... just plain crap. Because there's a lot... read more

Goldilocks and the iPad

February 12 2010

Despite what people seem to be saying, I'm really not hating on the iPad. I'm just disappointed that it's not the breakthrough device it could have and should have been. So here's a little fable inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales about why a compromise in between "too big" and "too… read more

Why It's a Big Deal That the iPad is No Big Deal

February 02 2010

Kindle-killer? Maybe. Larger version of the iPhone? No, not really. Revolutionary game-changer? Are you kidding? Well, it's February 2, Groundhog Day, and this morning Cupertino Carl popped his head out of the ground and saw his shadow—which means another six... read more

Gmail's Labels Now More Like Folders: A Good Thing?

July 07 2009

Gmail had a great idea: replacing the limitations of hierarchical folders with the flexibility of labels. Now they are promoting the notion that they've "improved" Gmail by making labels work more like folders. How is that an improvement? read more

There's a newspaper in my iPhone

April 17 2009

As the "death of the newspaper" gets continuing coverage (mostly on television), new apps bring the New York Times, USA Today, and now The Wall Street Journal, to your iPhone. read more

At last, a new Mac mini...

March 05 2009

This week, Apple finally announced a long-awaited upgrade to the Mac mini product line. If you're an Apple watcher, you may recall that at MacWorld earlier this year, anticipation was high that Apple would be announcing an update to... read more

Macworld: Where did the Mac mini go?

January 06 2009

Everyone seemed to be anticipating that a new version of the Mac mini would be announced at the Macworld conference today. But then... nothing. read more

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"Success in publising depends upon knowing your potential readers and meeting their needs. Seldom has a book illustrated this principle so clearly as Mac OS X for UNIX Geeks. Within the first page we learn how to change the behavior of bash to conform to POSIX 1003, I standard. By this point the casual browser knows exactly whether they will purchase the book or not. "
--Gavin Inglis, UKUUG Newsletter March 2009

"It's a fast read that assumes--as the title implies--rather a lot of UNIX knowledge. With that requirement satisfied and this book in hand, you're likely to discover aspects of Aqua more quickly than you otherwise would have."
--Mirko Zorz, (IN) SECURE Magazine

"Mac OS X for Unix Geeks is an excellent resource for anyone with an interest in tapping into the power behind OS X, from geeks to firmly established command-line pros."
--Chris Seibold, author of Big Book of Apple Hacks