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Old 04-13-2008, 12:03 AM
"Douglas A. Tutty"
 
Default OT: what scripting language to learn?

On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 07:33:11PM -0400, Kamaraju S Kusumanchi wrote:
> Hugo Vanwoerkom wrote:
>
> > If its a pure
> >> engineering problem, I'll use Fortran77.
>
> May I suggest you shift to Fortran 90 from Fortran 77? Though Fortran 77
> codes are compatible with Fortran 90, I find that F90 has much better tools
> organize the code than F77.
>
> There is even a free Fortran 90 compiler called gfortran (availble in
> Debian) which can compile the F90 codes.

Sure, I can do Fortran90, but F77 is sort of a
lowest-common-denomonator. If other engineers will have to look at it,
any engineer should be able to do F77.

If the problem is big and complex, then I switch to Ada.

Doug.


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Old 04-15-2008, 03:05 AM
"Damon L. Chesser"
 
Default OT: what scripting language to learn?

s. keeling wrote:

Ron Johnson <ron.l.johnson@cox.net>:


On 04/11/08 13:47, Daniel Mahoney wrote:


Damon L. Chesser wrote:


I keep coming up against a wall "Solid scripting experience required"
in my job search (for Linux sys admin). IYHO, what would be the one
scripting language to learn?


Though I find Python to be clearer and easier to write, Perl would
probably be a good choice. There are a lot more tools out there written
in Perl than those written in Python.


Python certainly is more rational, but what the ad means is "solid
shell (which implies sed & awk) and Perl experience required".



Not a given. When employers are posting ads demanding "Solid
Computing Skills; must have used MS Office!", wtfd "Solid scripting"
mean?

If you've no scripting exp., you may have a problem. In my
experience, "Solid scripting" means "Oh, you know what shell scripts
are? Cool."

And this is at some very big corps. "sed? awk? What are those?"



Now that is encouraging! I can learn the basics of shell scripts
(indeed, can read most of them, just can't wright them myself) pretty
quickly.




Damon Chesser


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Old 04-17-2008, 04:01 AM
Rich Healey
 
Default OT: what scripting language to learn?

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Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> On Sat, Apr 12, 2008 at 03:23:57AM +0200, s. keeling wrote:
>
>> I strongly agree, and this knowledge is portable. All of the *nix
>> tools, including shell, perl, and python, rely on regex
>> understanding.
>
> One can get along just fine in python without using regex. I'm living
> proof. Sure, the regex module lets you do neat one-liners, but I hate
> one-liners especially when I'm tired.
>
> Doug.
>
>

I use python all day every day, and rarely if ever use the re module.

Most of the same stuff can be done with python's (awesome) string libs.
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