Episode 64: Who Programs? Rob Does!

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Programming on Linux Mint 

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9 Replies to “Episode 64: Who Programs? Rob Does!”

  1. fishin4guitars

    Great podcast! I really liked the section on programming.I agree with Rob, Python is a great language.

    There seems to be a problem with Rob’s microphone. Occasionally, while he’s talking, the sound fuzzes, or clips. It happens quite often, and can get pretty loud.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Harrison

      Rob got a new mic and he sat to close to it and he didn’t have a pop filter, that’s why there are a lot of pop’s and clipping.


  2. bonesTdog

    I have listened to your podcast since you (new group) took over some time ago. This was my favorite episode and most educational yet! I have become a Linux fanatic over the last year but have no technical background. Consequently I struggle to understand much of the programming basics and this was a great overview. It truly piqued my interest in wanting to try my hand at getting the computer to say “hello world”. I listen to a lot of podcasts with the goal of learning more about how Linux works and I LOVE the educational format of this last eposide. Keep up the great work.

  3. RHTopics

    I enjoyed listening to the podcast.

    Rob did a good job explaining programming to non-programmers.

    Another way to get a person interested in programming is to demonstrate how programming can relieve the burden of doing a repetitive task. With OpenOffice.org’s macro capability, a repetitive editing task in a spreadsheet or document can be recorded as a macro. The next time the editing task needs to be done, the macro can be executed rather than doing it manually, saving the user time and effort. If the macro needs to be tweaked, the user has the option to change the code in the macro rather than recording another macro from scratch, thus beginning their path to becoming a programmer.

    With Harrison’s discussion on using Vim, I thought I would pass along a handy tip for saving files using the familiar CTRL-S shortcut key. Put the following code in your ~/.vimrc file:

    ” To save, ctrl-s.
    nmap <c-s> :w<CR>
    imap <c-s> <Esc>:w<CR>a

    The nmap line will save the file while in normal mode and the imap line will save the file while in insert mode.

    I got that tip from an E-book (pdf) by Swaroop named “A Byte of Vim”. It is an excellent book for someone interested in understanding the concept of Vim and how to use it.

  4. Dave Stephenson

    On the point of avoiding mixed indentation characters in Python, a really quick simple way to find these is to enable white-space characters in your editor. Most will have an option for this and the tab characters are really easy to spot then.

  5. Chris

    I have enjoyed this podcast and I guess I would call myself a hobby programmer as well. I have chose to learn python as I think it feature packed language.

    Here are my 2 cents on the topic. Disto hopping is good for Linux but bad for programming. With all of the great programming languages out there, I think it’s important to choose one and learn it. I chose python after researching other options out there. I think the import bits are being easy to learn, which means you can write a useful programs quickly. To me that make s you want to write more code. It’s got to fun and interesting. Has to be object oriented. I think coding in whatever language is similar, it just has different syntax. So you need to learn functions, objects and the ability to extend your code with others. Pythons standard library is awesome for that.

    The other thing, Rob you mentioned that how you program is by writing code, running it, fix the bugs and repeat. I think that paradigm is changing to write a test, write enough code to make the test pass and then write another test. I’ve learned that this is called TDD (test driven development). So at the end you end up with something that has been tested and know works.

    Anyways guys, keep up the good work.

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