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Old 06-04-2003, 10:16 PM   #1
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Programming Environments

I haven't had the experience of programming C++ in Excel, but I have a Japanese friend who really feels that this makes the experience much easier because the format of Excel allows you to bypass having to do more programming.

Is there a similar programming environment in Linux? I work at a school in Japan and the guy who I am going to introduce Linux to does a lot of visual basic programming in Excel. He is curious about Linux, but asks typical questions like, "What can I use Linux for again?" As I am a newbie myself, I don't have a lot of answers for him, but he is interested nonetheless. So, what can I show him that offers a similar programming experience to programming in Excel? If there isn't one, what kind of things can I tell him about programming in Linux that is favorable?

Thanks for your time.
Old 06-05-2003, 12:39 AM   #2
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Programming in Excel? That sounds strange to me.

Maybe programming in with Java would be kind of similar( has a spreadsheet called Calc).
Old 06-05-2003, 03:57 AM   #3
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Yeah, I suppose you are right about that. I wasn't sure of the details myself as I don't use Excel that often and my japanese ability isn't terribly high. I will take a look though. Thanks.
Old 06-05-2003, 06:48 AM   #4
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I went to and put IDE in the search field and got 5132 returns...I am sure one of them is a similar integrated development enviornment that would allow your friend to feel at home

As for selling him on linux...Linux is a programming envioronment. I hack right in bash, flip into vim and start hacking. I am kind of against ide's for the very reason you ask your question. If you become dependant on a program formatting for you, you can't port your abilities as easily...try to tell him he might like just relying on a text editor and the ability to code anywhere on any machine.

Good Luck!


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