From: Erkens, Carol (LIB) <cerkens@om...> - 2002-02-13 22:54:27
Terence Sheridan, here:
Responding to the following ...
To add to Adam's note:
>I have had some exposure to programming and scripting but it has been on a
>novice level and certainly not with any high profile languages such as C,
>C++, Perl, etc. Of interest to me is how a librarian with little or no
>background in programming, who is nonetheless sold on OSS, can familiarize
>himself with these development languages and contribute in some small way,
level) and learning php to access databases.
> I suppose I can always pick up a manual on these languages, but I
>think there is a difference between just coding and coding *cleanly* and
>*efficiently* with modularity in mind. Some things may not be spelled out
>in the manuals. In a nutshell, I am wondering aloud about how librarians
>can be attracted to programming and what kind support can be offered for
>these daring souls (or even if such is feasible).
Classes at the local community college for one, though that usually requires
math before you can get into the classes (which stops me cold). Books are
good, but the best way is to get an old 486 computer and install a free
version of Linux (Find out the Local Linux Users Group in your area and
they'll help you get it installed and set up). Then, actually play with the
stuff you learn in the books. Don't be afraid of the "dummies" books, if
Also, having a local "guru" helps. You may meet one at the Users Group
>Southern Christian University
Omaha Public Library
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