An introduction to Linux/Unix programming
This talk is a brief guide to Linux programming languages, tools and
It is aimed at programming novices or programmers migrating from a
Windows system (and your first question is probably
"Where's the IDE???").
The aim is to introduce you to the concepts, the possibilities and the
tools used in Unix programming, focusing on Linux in particular.
You will not come away from this talk with an advanced knowledge of
C pointers, OOP design in Python or how to hack a network driver in the
Linux kernel. There are limits to what you learn in one hour!
- Firstly - my biases.
Everyone has them - here are mine, so there is no confusion!
- The Unix philosophy of small tools
One problem, many solutions.
EMACS vs vi, other editors, and some useful features to look out for.
- From shells scripts to interpreters to compilers
and back again
An introduction to some common Unix languages, including Guile, Perl,
Python and Tcl
- C - the language of Unix
A brief look at C and C++.
- A bug's life
Debugging with GDB in 5 easy steps.
Make, diff, patch, autoconf, automake, yacc & flex, indent and other
- Revisions and versions
RCS and CVS.
- I want my IDE!!!
The mystery of the missing IDE.
Software documentation with troff, man, texinfo, HTML and SGML.
- Some final thoughts
Portability, software licences and helping the free software
- Further reading...
Books, mailing lists and web sites to guide you along the way.
Overheads for the March 1999 LUV
Written by Graeme Cross.
Thanks to the following people for corrections:
Silvio Rizzi <email@example.com>