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Old 09-12-2011, 06:07 PM   #1
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Shell Scripting

Okay... I'm listing this in the Newbie Forum because after 3 years of (what i would call) extensive linux submersion, I still know very little it would seem.

In my defense, I'd like to say that i've conquered many feats and challenges not by my knowledge but by the knowledge of the talented and extremely dedicated folk constantly answering the questions of others i've googled and found all or most of the answers.

now when i say 'all' i mean, well... there's so many different ways to go about performing a certain task that one certain way may not work for ones own purpose.

THAT being said...

I've come to a point where I want to start building or adding or manipulating or moreso just learning to write scripts.

I've written some. I've challenged myself and found the guidance needed to complete the script at hand. I think.

I kind of understand. Actually, if I have a purpose, I can perform or find the guidance through this site or the many sites that offer such abundance of information.

HeyZues! that was long winded.

My question is...

Shell Scripting is okay, (and i've got lots to learn) but, is there another way that would challenge me more in the programming realm? stupid question o know but i need to talk to some people with similar interests...
Old 09-12-2011, 06:15 PM   #2
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well a programming language would be better for programming.... c, java, etc. take your pick, or pick one of the more advanced scripting languages, perl / python / ruby etc.
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I would recommend you digest and understand the to e-books at the links below in that order. Then consider moving on. These will give you a better command of the OS while laying the ground work for programming concepts ans some syntax.

If you are interested in learning more about the environment I would also suggest while reading e-book one to convert to a more hands on distro like Debian , Slackware or Arch. In contrast to Ubuntu they force more of a knowledge of Linux. Once switched over I would then look at setting up maintenance tasks in basic scripts to get a sense of the process.
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Old 09-12-2011, 06:38 PM   #4
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I agree with acid_kewpie: if you are happy with your shell scripting ability and want to move on to more advanced programming, then go to advanced scripting, then compiled programming, in that order.
My personal choice would be Perl, then C.
However, choosing a lang is like choosing an editor; can easily end up in a flame war
Just try a few of those suggestions and see how you go.

for Perl, here's a couple of very good links
I also heavily recommend the Perl CookBook if you can beg/buy/borrow/steal a copy...
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the help on that. i did already get perl and have been looking at java as well.
I've got to dive right in to this. I don't know if I have quite the talent most of you have but I am persistent.



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