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u/hyc_symas · 24 pointsr/Monero

You must be on x86_64 Linux. Extract the tarball into a directory of your choice. Set the environment variable LD_LIBRARY_PATH to include that directory. Then run randprog in that directory. If you don't understand what I just wrote, go away and learn before coming back. This book will help you

u/joeshaw · 5 pointsr/golang

In addition, he co-wrote The UNIX Programming Environment and The Practice of Programming with Rob Pike and The Elements of Programming Style with PJ Plauger. I've never read the Practice of Programming (add it to the wish list) but the other two books are fantastic. The Elements of Programming Style is somewhat dated (code is in PL/I and Fortran, and it discourages things like goto which we all already know is bad) but a lot of it is still relevant and worth picking up a used copy if you can find it.

u/SmoothB1983 · 5 pointsr/learnprogramming

Get a programming language, but also get some literature on the theories that programming uses. A book on algorithms and another on data structures would pretty much do the trick.

And why start with Python when you can start with C and then move onto java? I am sure you are a smart guy, and understanding those 2 languages will give you the lingua franca you need to comprehend the best textbooks/references on advanced programming concepts that will help you out.

I suggest:

1 Get this

2 Install linux (ubuntu probably is the way to go), you'll probably dual boot

3 Get this

4 Learn your shell (the bash shell), learn how to use C, sed, awk, regex etc. These are all super-useful tools. This is an entirely approachable set of topics, don't be daunted.

After doing all of that it is time to get to java.

1: Pick up Head First Java (and download all of the book exercises from the publisher's website. This will be your first book in java.

2: Download all java docs from Oracle (so you can reference them).

3: Pick up Thinking in Java by Bruce Eckel (this will be your other Java book to learn from).

All of this should more than occupy your 6 months. After this you'll be ready to learn some more advanced concepts with these as your solid foundations. If you want to play with databases (a good idea) and integrate them into your programming then check out SQLLite.

u/Damienov · 3 pointsr/Ubuntu

"The Unix Programming Environment"

there lies your problem, Unix is not linux. Also, I'm guessing this is the book you are using? If so, that is from 1983.

u/quantifiableNonsense · 3 pointsr/AskEngineers

Self taught professional software engineer here.

Which language you learn is not as important as learning about data structures and complexity analysis. Code organization is also very important.

Pick one high level scripting language (like Python, Ruby, Perl, etc) and one low level systems language (C, C++, Rust, etc) and learn them both inside out.

A couple of books I recommend:

  • Code Complete
  • SICP

    As far as practical skills go, you need to learn how to use git (or whatever VC system the companies you are interested in use). You need to learn how to use Unix systems. A great introduction is The UNIX Programming Environment. You need to learn how to read other peoples' code, open source projects are great for that.

    When you are getting ready to interview, there is no better resource than Cracking the Coding Interview.
u/Skaar1222 · 3 pointsr/learnprogramming

I am currently taking my systems programming class for my CS degree. We use linux, with C and VIM, and have a couple of books that are actually really helpful.
This book will walk you through C and its syntax. I have read through most of it. Its pretty easy to follow and comprehend.

This book I havent cracked open yet but plan on it today. My teacher swears by it, however.

u/ablakok · 2 pointsr/linux

Well, there is The UNIX Programming Environment by Kernighan and Pike (K&P). It's a little dated but it covers sh and awk, including the use of grep, sed, lex, yacc, and the like. You might want to combine it with a more modern book to learn the latest enhancements to bash.

u/greginnj · 2 pointsr/linuxquestions

I have to say - Videos can't get into as much depth as books - they may feel more comfortable, but you're not learning as much.

That said, if you can tolerate books, start with a classic: The Unix Programming Environment. The coverage of system calls, in particular, will connect your userland knowledge with OS operations.

Oh wait, it's available online!

And Unix Systems Architecture is another classic that would be a great next step, but doesn't seem to be available online as a PDF ...

u/mcguire · 2 pointsr/programming


u/batman_carlos · 2 pointsr/linuxmasterrace

Install ubuntu. Then read this, the same than anyone else for the last 3 or 4 decades:

u/uriel · 2 pointsr/programming

> The marketing of Plan9 for the biggest part consist of snobish comments like yours, so i conclude you don't want more users. The Lisp guys are more open than you.

On this you are quite right, but then the Plan 9 user base very heterogeneous, in the end most people just don't care about marketing, they are happy to sit in a corner and do their thing and don't care much if the rest of the world jump from a cliff.

> Plan9 doesn't provide anything to non-programmers, they wouldn't get from UNIX and some things are better in UNIX.
Don't underestimate the intelligence of non-programmers, I know biologists, medicine students and even a law student that use Plan 9. I think the wonderful thing about the original Unix philosophy, and that is taken even further by Plan 9 is to allow people that are not programmers to use some really simple but also powerful tools to do their job. Of course it requires a bit more initiative and creativity, but at the same time you are much more free to take advantage of the system for tasks that it was not designed for.

The Unix Programming Environment is a book I think ever computer user should read, because it shows how everyone can easily learn to program their software environment... if that environment is built properly.

> For example Plan9 was praised for the beautiful fonts, when they invented utf8, but Apple surpassed them long ago.

I don't see what you mean by "surpassed", last I checked OS X still has trouble dealing with UTF-8 properly(I wont argue the details because I'm not a OS X user, I only report what I heard), as do every other Unix system I have ever tried. The Plan 9 UTF-8 code was written in 92', and has barely changed since, because it just works!

Anyway, the most important thing about Plan 9 is not just the code(which is worth admiring and studying by anyone interested in writing top quality software) and the innovative ideas(which are worth copying), but the philosophy, which is not too different from the original Unix philosophy... which unfortunately everyone forgot long ago. Programming is the art of managing complexity, and you don't fight complexity by adding extra complexity, you fight it with simplicity and clarity.

The cheapest, fastest, and most reliable components are those that aren't there. -- Gordon Bell

u/attekojo · 2 pointsr/learnprogramming

It's not online and you have to *gasp* pay for it, but I've found the classic book UNIX Programming Environment to still be one of the best introductions to UNIX and C programming. It is also a great introduction to the UNIX mindset.

u/Truth_Be_Told · 1 pointr/C_Programming

First note that Career/Job/Market is quite different from Knowledge/Intellectual satisfaction. So you have to keep "earning money" separate from "gaining knowledge" but do both parallely. If you are one of the lucky few who has both aligned in a particular job, you have got it made. Mostly that is never the case and hence you have to work on your Motivation/Enthusiasm and keep hammering away at the difficult subjects. There are no shortcuts :-)

I prefer Books to the Internet for study since they are more coherent and less distracting, allowing you to focus better on a subject. Unless newer editions are reqd. buy used/older editions to save money and build a large library. So here is a selection from my library (in no particular order);

u/phao · 1 pointr/learnprogramming

I've started with Unix for Poets. It's pretty good =)

There are books on this. Like "The Unix Programming Environment" and "The AWK Programming Language", both books include Brian Kernighan as one of the authors, who is one of the creators of AWK and a UNIX wizard from its roots (no pun intended).

u/0theus · 1 pointr/linux

> Is there some sort of golden rule book whose laws must not be violated?

Yes. The Design of the UNIX operating system and there's The UNIX Programming Environment :\^)

u/AnthonyJBentley · 1 pointr/linux

A lot of Kernighan’s (co‐authored) books age surprisingly well. It’s a real testament to his writing style that they are still relevant today despite examples tending to be in PL/I or Fortran.

u/crackez · 1 pointr/unix

I just have a copy of Kernighan & Pike's Unix Programming Environment for my 1 year old. He seems to like it as much as the other books he has.