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obsidianblackhawk
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:19 pm    Post subject: New to programming Reply with quote

Hey all, i'm new to programming. I've done a very little java, but not enough to mention. I was wondering, what people opinions are on the best language to program in for linux, and can someone recommend a programming IDE for whatever language they are recommending.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

See this thread for some opinions and/or flamage on this topic: https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-329217.html
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmm, careful asking uestions like 'best programming language,' it can really fule flames. The canonical language to learn for linux would be C sine that's what the kernel and a lot of the standard tools are written in, but C is not very friendly to beginners. Perl is great for small things but is often tricky to mainatain over large projects. Gentoo's stuff (portage, etc) is written in python, which is supposed to be very easy to learn. A lot of good stuff has been written about ruby lately as well. Of course there's also scheme and lisp and a half dozen functional languages as well...

It all sort of depends on what you want to program.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well i was really thinking about getting into GUI programs, such as trying to design my own front end for portage and things like that.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 28, 2005 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it'd proably be best to start with a Higher level language plus a graphics toolkit like QT or GTK. Since you've done java before, ruby would be a good fit, as it uses the same object oriented metaphor. A good place to start learning ruby is http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/ or http://www.rubycentral.com/book/ or http://poignantguide.net/ruby/ . (The last one is very funny though sometimes hard to follow). Ruby has bindings for all the major toolkits as well. And if ruby doesn't float your boat check out python.
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