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Old 07-20-2004, 12:42 PM   #1
MrPeanut
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Best Way to Learn Linux Programming


Hi... im a newb incase you were wondering

Yes i know, you guys prolly get this a lot but ive spent some time and money into wanting to learn linux, and was hoping if you guys could give me a little edge

I want to learn Programming, and i also want to learn Linux, and maybe eventually make Linux Programs

Ive tooled around with linux before, but only with the (I look like Windows) distros. Ive also bought a book to learn how to program C and C++, and also a book CALLED Linux Programming.

I want to know if you think it would be better to learn how to program C/C++ before i get into Linux (I have Visual C++ for windows) or is there a better way to learn how to program efficiently?

Thanks in advance
 
Old 07-20-2004, 12:48 PM   #2
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It all depends on what you want to program. If you want to start creating modules for the kernel then you'll have to learn C/C++. If you just want to create some scripts to automate system tasks then you can learn bash scripting. It depends what you want to program exactly.

As far as knowing C/C++ before getting into linux, you really don't have to know anything about those languages just to use linux. Yes the kernel is written in them but you rarely have to hack a modules source file to get things going. Mr. Mortenson and Mr. Torvalds have been nice enough to do all this programming for us and have left us with the rest of the stuff like creating our own system scripts.
 
Old 07-20-2004, 02:49 PM   #3
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Hi

I programmed in C for a while and I am now being forced to shift to C++ due the fact that I want to use some GUI libraries in Linux. I would recommend focussing almost exclusively on C++ - all the really nice stuff (like KDE/GNOME and most new libraries) seem to be all done in C++. For example, if you want to create KDE programs you absolutely must use C++. If I were you, I'd skip C in total and go totally objective with ++. I think that is the best road to take in programming under Linux, if your choice is C or C++.
 
  


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