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I want to learn something new. i have always had a curiosity about programming. what would it take to come up with a simple program with a GUI that would gather info about your partitions and cdroms and give you options on how you want your system to use them. mounted or not mounted, permissions where they get mounted, etc. and will write this info to your /etc/fstab file. and then do a mount of them. i just want to do this for a learning only, maybe something out there already exists that doesn't matter to me. Mandrake had something like this built into it, its been a while but it mounted your partitions for you it was kind of a cool idea.
i have not even the basic understanding about programming. What programming language would i use, i have no idea. would it be a combination of shell scripting and say python?
I heard python is a good language to learn for newbies because of the amount of resources and people using it.
it's up to you what langauge you pick... as you're basically going to be running a bunch of external commands i'd suggest a scripting language like perl rather than a programming lanaguage like c or java. you certainly wouldn't want to combine langauges, that would be a right old mess. personally i'd say perl and gtk for a UI.
python is great, but quite different from other languages and doesn't give you too great a founding in more conventional languages, meaning what you learn isn't as portable as what you'd pick up from perl, c etc...
hey thanks acid and proud. i would like to make sure that what ever i take the time to learn that its a flexible language that isnt just limited to one thing or another. python or perl sounds like a toss up. if i use python or perl then i will still need to learn to use gtk it looks like.
i think wxwindows is horrible, clever cross-platform gubbins or not. i'd say use gtk any day. having said that though i don't knw about the state of the gtk2 bindings for python and i know it's not even beta yet for perl...