scott.blair at gmail.com
Mon Nov 23 18:38:36 UTC 2015
Thanks for the update. I want to learn how to program. I use to know
basic, Basic and Visual Basic. I had two traumatic brain injuries in the
Marine Corps and for some reason, I can not retain programming, heck I
can't even remember my left from right since. But I can still code HTML
off the top of my head with no problem, go figure. The good books are
usually the expensive ones.
On 11/23/2015 01:14 PM, Kenneth Marcy wrote:
> Yes, I am replying to my own message, and top-posting to warn about it.
> On 11/23/2015 1:41 AM, Kenneth Marcy wrote:
>> On 11/22/2015 6:34 PM, Scott Blair wrote:
>> Mark G. Sobell is the author of several Linux books, the first of
>> which to read is the latest edition of "A Practical Guide to Linux
>> Commands, Editors, and Shell Programming." Concurrently, you may
>> wish to peruse one of several books with pink covers published by
>> O'Reilly Press about classic shell scripting and the bash shell,
>> which are a good part of "be[ing] really good at the terminal."
>> The Bourne again shell, or bash, not only is a way to interact with
>> Linux, it is also facility for a specific type of programming called
>> scripting. As your experience with, and knowledge of, Linux grow,
>> the usefulness of scripting will become more clear, and so will the
>> utility of other scripting languages, such as Perl and Python.
>> O'Reilly has more pink-covered books about Python (start with the
>> long one by Mark Lutz), and several aqua-covered ones about Perl
>> (start with Programming Perl, 3rd edition, by Larry Wall and Randal
>> L. Schwartz. It has a camel on its cover).
> After reading my own message this morning, I see that I did not
> include the title of Mark Lutz's long book, Learning Python, the fifth
> edition of which has 1,600 pages. Another learning title, Learning
> Perl, by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, and brian d foy has a modest
> 390 pages in its 6th edition. Programming Perl, mentioned above, is
> now in its 4th edition, with 1,184 pages. As you may imagine, these
> books are re-edited as the languages change, so they grow together
>> Perl and Python are each large subject matters themselves, not only
>> as languages for scripting, but as general programming languages.
>> These topics rather removed from beginning Linux system
>> administration, yet they are right at your finger tips, and can be
>> quite useful as you learn about them. Likewise with the C
>> programming language, in which the Linux kernel, and much open source
>> software, is written. The second edition of Kernighan and Ritchie's
>> book, The C Programming Language, is a definite recommendation for
>> your computing bookshelf.
> A longer (832 pages) introduction to C programming that is more
> meticulous about building up examples to illustrate the details of the
> language is C Programming, A Modern Approach, 2nd edition, by K. N.
> King. This is a college student textbook, and is priced like one, but
> it does offer a wealth of material if you are willing to spend some
> time working through it.
>> Learning to program is another world, yet it is right where you are.
>> The multitude of programming resources includes MIT OpenCourseWare,
>> with lots of introductory python and computer science instruction
>> using python online for extended viewing. Course 6.00SC is a good start.
> Despite the impression you might be receiving, I'm not trying to sell
> expensive books here. There is a lot of good technical information
> online, with Wikipedia being a focal point of, and a pivot point to,
> quite a bit of it. Sometimes, though, the organization of a good book
> is worth its price.
>> Returning from the easy-to-make diversion into learning programming
>> to books for Linux learners, after a book or two by Sobell, another
>> classic is Unix and Linux System Administration Handbook, fourth
>> edition, by Nemeth, Snyder, Hein, and Whaley. This volume starts
>> with shell scripting and goes deep into the operating system and how
>> it interacts with its environment. Not light reading, but an
>> authoritative reference.
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