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Old 02-05-2004, 11:26 AM   #1
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Simple Guide on creating text editor in shell.

Hello all, I have a small question.. For my uni project, i have this question. I don't want anyone to tell me how to do it (yet.. hehe j/k). I just want a small guide on what to use, and what shell programming language to use, etc... ill explain in more detail below the question.

Design, write, implement and test a Unix shell program to analyse a file that contains a piece of text, providing the user with the following statistics according to the user's choice:-

1- count of lines, words and characters
2- specific letter count (eg. how many 'e's)
3- specific word count (eg. how many 'and's)
4- sentence count
5- list of proper names appearing in the text
+ any other feathres that you consider useful.

Also, the completed system should include the following editing features:-
6- Change to a different text file
7- add extra lines to the text file
8- amend the text (eg. replace words)
9- list the text
10- exit system

The system should be menu-driven, initially prompting the user for the name of the text file, then offering a number of menu options, from which the user chooses. The apporpriate anaysis/edit is done, results displayed, and then the option list is presented again and again untill the user chooses to exit the system.

Remember, good programing style is required, using command procedures appropriately, comments, user friendly interface, etc..


After reading around, including this book i have "Linux Programming - A beginner's Guide' i found out that there are many scripting languages there; Bash, Tcsh, Gawk, Perl, TCL, TK, and so on..

My question is, which language (or languages) are best for my project? Do any of you have any tipps on how i should approach this, how i should sectionise it, how to start? etc..?

I have programmed in C, C++, and Java before (well.. a bit of batch programming in dos yeeears ago), but nothing related to *nix shell scripting.. But i'm prepared to, and have the time to read and study on what language(s) i must use.

And if anyone has any websites that are related to this, or contain good tutorials on anything that may help me, i'd appreciate it alot.

Thank you very much =)
Old 02-05-2004, 11:43 AM   #2
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I would suggest Perl....maybe just because I know it the best, but when I want to automate somthing that I can run from the command line I use perl. One reason is that it is easy to use and you can also use run bash command line commands from within perl. Plus since you have time to learn the language, it would be great excuse to learn perl which you can use to solve many other problems. It is great for web programming and it is similar to both PHP and bash, at least I found, that way you can make an easy transition into those other two languages...if you wanted to.

Just my 2 cents.

Here are some sites that I use or have used:

Hope this helps!

Old 02-06-2004, 02:37 AM   #3
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I would suggest bsh,csh,csh


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