[Beowulf] g77 limits...

Dan Stromberg strombrg at dcs.nac.uci.edu
Tue Feb 28 17:11:07 PST 2006

python's the way of the future though :)  Agreed that shell (bash) and
make are important, and regular expressions of a (very powerful)
necessary evil.

(I tend to code in python as my first choice, but some things just work
better as bash or C.  And hopefully someday I'll find time to resume
studying Haskell, since it and OCaml are apparently so good at adapting
to changes in a program's requirements)

On Tue, 2006-02-28 at 20:30 +0000, Andrew M.A. Cater wrote:
> C first, last and always: somewhere or other, you'll come across C code
> / someone who only knows C and whose high-level pseudocode is all
> "C like". Try hard to stick to portable C and follow the ANSI standards.
> [Note: C99, though it is seven years old now, is not well supported
> except in the newer compilers]
> Shell scripting: quick and dirty hacks used to be done entirely in shell
> script. It's worth knowing enough to be able to read good Bourne shell
> scripts and, by extension, bash scripts - they crop up all over the
> place in Linux and "classical" UNIX.
> Perl: Swiss Army chainsaw - you can do anything script-y in Perl and a
> whole lot more. It is easy to write poor-quality Perl: the canonical
> books are published by O'Reilly and Co and known as "The llama book"
> and "The camel book" aka learning Perl and programming Perl. Get the
> latest editions.
> Regular expressions and pattern matching crop up a lot in scripting and 
> Perl. The O'Reilly regexp book by Friedl [Mastering Regular Expressions] 
> is _extremely_ useful. This also covers enough that you'll need to know 
> in order to cope with minimal sed and awk.
> Some knowledge of make and makefiles may also be useful if you do a lot
> of programming (possibly of autoconf/automake) but that can be left
> until you know enough C to be dangerous :)
> All IMHO,
> Andy
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