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Canada Computes: Learning to Program in Linux - Where To Start?

Oct 23, 2000, 13:24 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I am learning to program. I am a newbie programmer. There, I said it."

"I've tried learning C. It wasn't pretty. To me, as a newbie programmer, C is contrived and confusing. It's an amazingly powerful language, but as astarting language I wouldn't recommend it unless you enjoy pulling your hairout or you have more patience than me."

"Where does a new programmer start? There are various debates over this. I've tried C and stalled on several occasions. Maybe you need a particular mindset to learn C right out of the box. All I know is I hated it."

"The beauty of Linux is choice. With other platforms, you have to buy programs to write in some languages. With Linux there are development tools freely available for practically every language out there, giving you a huge choice of languages to learn."

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