Rich Rosen

Rich Rosen

Web application architect, author, gadfly


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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Areas of Expertise:

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




“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