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Bill,

It's very easy to make recommendations IF you have followed the thread 
from the beginning where I was asking about resources and books 
recommendations for programming the Linux Kernel.

IMHO,

MJR

On 5/6/2011 9:01 PM, Bill Broadley wrote:
> On 05/06/2011 08:03 AM, Mikies Runs Baal wrote:>
>> THANKS for the heads up.
>>
>> I am currently independently working ahead of the course offerings of
>> the community college as I have specific goals in mind. In fact, an
>> emphasis on programming languages is not offered. Unfortunately, JAVA
>> seems to be all the rage atm. And JAVA can't do what I am researching
>> and working toward.
> I'm curious what this java incompatibility use is.
>
>> I am trying to get permission for some of the
>> advanced OOP courses to be completed using C/C++.
> On the scale of OO I'd consider Java better than C/C++.  I guess it
> depends if the class's goal is to teach programming or OO programming.
>
>> There is some
>> resistance though in spite of the fact that these courses were taught
>> using C/C++ not too long ago.
> Seems like the C/C++ migration to Java for most coursework was carefully
> considered.
>
>> I have been thinking about checking out course offerings at UCD. UCD has
>> quite an extensive extension course offering or did at one time, but
>> even there I may not find courses in the arena that I am focused.
> You might get better recommendations if you mentioned what that arena was.
>
>> I bought a copy of: The Linux Kernel Module Programming Guide, and am
>> reviewing it atm which is quite short, but appears to be an excellent
>> tutorial introduction to working with and programming the Linux kernel.
>> I don't want to screw-up my Fedora laptop, so, I will need to learn to
>> setup a separate boot partition to test the results of my
>> experiementation. I am sort of thinking of using a 100MB (may be too
>> small) ZIP drive or external HDD. I should be able to use GRUB to select
>> a boot from the external drive.
> Er, well I wouldn't recommend that at all.  It's rather painful to
> login, fire up a bunch of windows, edit kernel source (often referring
> to 5-10 different files and/or a few tabs), check into source control,
> compile, link, write kernel + initrd, reboot, select new kernel,
> potentially fail/panic/scribble over the partition table, reboot, select
> old kernel, fsck (because of the panic), login, fireup a bunch of
> windows... etc.
>
> Did you want one edit, compile, run cycle per 15 minutes or 2 minutes?
> I'd suggest either a virtual machine, or a 2nd machine (with PXE boot)
> so you can A) build/run quickly and B) get logging/debugging info from
> the test kernel while it's running.  With 2 machines (virtual or
> otherwise) there are various ways to debug via serial, network block
> driver, or virtual console.
>
>> Obviously, maybe not so obviously, I am into programming, and more
>> specifically, R&D using C/C++ (taking C in the Fall). I'll be taking
>> Assembler next Spring IF it is offered. I expect to transfer at the end
>> of the next academic year.
> Very little of the kernel is ASM btw.  I've not seen any numbers
> recently, but I'd be surprised if it was even 1%.
>
>> If I am not careful, I could wind up volunteering for the tldp.org in
>> some capacity.
> Horror or horrors ;-).
>
>> If you have any tomes that you think might make good "light" reading
>> (LOL), feel free to offer. Did you have a specific text for the course
>> in OS's or was it put together by the professor in his/her syllabus?
> Hard to recommend anything without having any idea what your goals are,
> what your research is, or interests.  Numerous papers, tutorials, and
> HOWTOs have been done for research on schedulers, drivers, file systems,
> memory management, interrupt handling, profiling, network stack,
> locking/polling/semaphores, and numerous other areas of kernel
> functionality.
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