The authors guide you step by step, using construction of a CD database application to give you hands–on experience as you progress from the basic to the complex.
You ll start with fundamental concepts like writing Linux programs in C. You ll learn basic system calls, file I/O, interprocess communication, and shell programming. You ll become skilled with the toolkits and libraries for working with user interfaces. The book starts with the basics, explaining how to compile and run your first program. First, each concept is explained to give you a solid understanding of the material. Practical examples are then presented, so you see how to apply the knowledge in real applications.
What you will learn from this book
Who this book is for
This book is for programmers with some C or C++ experience who want to take advantage of the Linux development environment. You should have enough Linux familiarity to have installed and configured users on Linux.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
Chapter 1: Getting Started.
Chapter 2: Shell Programming.
Chapter 3: Working with Files.
Chapter 4: The Linux Environment.
Chapter 5: Terminals.
Chapter 6: Managing Text–Based Screens with curses.
Chapter 7: Data Management.
Chapter 8: MySQL.
Chapter 9: Development Tools.
Chapter 10: Debugging.
Chapter 11: Processes and Signals.
Chapter 12: POSIX Threads.
Chapter 13: Inter–Process Communication: Pipes.
Chapter 14: Semaphores, Shared Memory, and Message Queues.
Chapter 15: Sockets.
Chapter 16: Programming GNOME Using GTK+.
Chapter 17: Programming KDE Using Qt.
Chapter 18: Device Drivers.
Chapter 19: Standards for Linux.
Rick Stones programming at school, more years ago than he cares to remember, on a 6502–powered BBC micro, which with the help of a few spare parts continued to function for the next 15 years. He graduated from Nottingham University with a degree in Electronic Engineering, but decided software was more fun.
Over the years he has worked for a variety of companies, from the very small with just a dozen employees, to the very large, including the IT services giant EDS. Along the way he has worked on a range of projects, from real–time communications to accounting systems, very large help desk systems, and more recently as the technical authority on a large EPoS and retail central systems program.
A bit of a programming linguist, he has programmed in various assemblers, a rather neat proprietary telecommunications language called SL–1, some FORTRAN, Pascal, Perl, SQL, and smidgeons of Python and C++, as well as C. (Under duress he even admits that he was once reasonably proficient in Visual Basic, but tries not to advertise this aberration.)
Rick lives in a village in Leicestershire, England, with his wife Ann, children Jennifer and Andrew, and two cats. Outside work his main interest is classical music, especially early religious music, and he even does his best to find time for some piano practice. He is currently trying to learn to speak German.
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