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#642722 Is Linux used a lot in programming?

Posted by BKTheRussian on 23 October 2012 - 08:44 AM

And what I mean is... as an operating system, does Linux gets used a lot as an environment people program in? I'm used to Windows, but I was considering downloading one of those free Linux versions (I'm not sure which one is the best, but these look pretty good: Mint, Mageia, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE and Debian). I was going to post this originally in the Linux/UNIX section, but I figured this is more programming related.

I know that UNIX is used A LOT in networking field, but is it being used in programming? Or does Windows dominate? If it is, I probably should learn how to use it and luckily there are free builds available. If so, which one would you recommend? Several look good, but I've no idea. I haven't used Linux (Redhat) since high-school networking class (8 years ago). Plus, Android is getting pretty big in mobile world and that's based on Linux/Unix, right?

It just seems like Linux is slowly creeping up, since more people are getting fed up with overpriced Windows OS that takes years to get debugged. With Linux, the community comes out with fixes in days. Russia decided to go full Linux on government side to reduce budget spending. When I was in high-school, anything UNIX-based was something related to the magic nerd world, at least where I grew up, so not a whole lot of people knew much about it.

What are you thoughts on this?
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#640982 C++ Primer.... 4th or 5th Edition?

Posted by BKTheRussian on 06 October 2012 - 03:33 PM

Good choice, and let me remember you codecall via Packt! is giving away free ebooks, you need to go to our blog section

and check out the ebook / packt blog and ... ask for your free ebook!

nice start isn't it ?

Says on the blog that I had to be registered before Sep 30th, thanks though. ;)

I generally recommend getting the most recent edition of any book you're interested in. As an extreme example, I had a copy of "Java: How to Program" around 3rd edition. This is from 2001 or so. The Java programming language has gone through MANY revisions since then, making many best practices obsolete, and entire new methods added that deserve discussion. If your book clearly articulates what is new in the C++11 standards, you'll be in good shape when dealing with various compilers.

True. At the same time, I think at this point, since it'll be another 3+ years before I get into any kind of serious programming for a career, I just want to learn the structure of a language and programming as a general. I believe that if I get to the point where I think like a programmer, the tool I use will matter less.
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