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Old 03-10-2011, 07:20 PM   #1
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getting involved

Hi All, I am a software developer with loads of experience in “old money” development – Vax VMS (some unix) – Fortran, Pascal (bit of C & C++). I have been using linux at home for about 5 years now but not for development.

I desperately want to ramp up my skill set particularly with a bias to developing under linux. I had a look at the libre office development site and it looked a bit daunting.

Can anyone suggest any other open source projects which would be worth looking at as an introduction? I am trying to find a project which is not as complex as office but has a sympathetic dev team who could carry a newbie for a while.

My plan is to build libre office and then have a look at some of the C++ related tasks. If nothing else this gets me used to the tools involved.

Old 03-10-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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Your asking for the world.

Developers are not capable of sympathy. There is no such thing. They do not have emotions.Emotions are not logical. How about a Source file from gedit or something else simple? I think there is a Kate , Kedit and Kwrite for KDE as well.

Java is not working. Imagine a smiley emotioncon here.

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Old 03-11-2011, 05:57 AM   #3
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Maybe look at GNU PDF? It's quite a young project and they're looking for developers. I don't know what their team is like, but it might be worth a try. I'm interested in getting involved with that project myself, but I've just not had the time.
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thanks Nylex. I had a look at that project this morning and I will at least try and set up a build environment on my PC. Who knows after that.

Anyway, back to the scary world of VMS Pascal where the things have gone pear shpaed today
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You may want to take a look at or to find other projects. Other than that, I can't really offer any advice, I'm afraid. Hopefully others will contribute to this thread..
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Per the copyright information on the book "Beginning Linux Programming - 4th Edition":
No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or
by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, scanning or otherwise, except as permitted under Sections 107 or 108 of the 1976 United States Copyright Act, without either the prior written
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Requests to the Publisher for permission should be addressed to the Legal Department, Wiley Publishing,
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I have removed the link. I daresay that it is findable via any popular search engine, though.


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