> Hello Linux Gurus,
> I have been lost in the dungeons of Windows/VB/Registries for as long,
> that I can't even remember. I have made an early new year's resolution
> to learn Linux and start developing applications on this platform.
> I am not expecting any shortcuts, however, much like Luke Skywalker, I
> am already at a certain level with my programming skills. I want to
> leverage that. I am interested in opinions on the following topics: 1.
> Where do I go next after my Red Hat 8.0 installation?
After installing Red Hat 8? Learn Red Hat 8. Unlike installing Windows,
installing Linux is the beginning, not the end, of an amicable,
educational experience. You could easily spend years learning Linux, and
every day spent would be potentially profitable in your future.
Quote:> 2. What is the most favorite language of choice for business
There really is no "favorite language of choice". It depends on who the
client is, what they intend to do, and the lifecycle of the application.
For large, long-term projects with big time investments, C++ or something
For quick projects where an attractive interface is required, either Java
or a Web-page-based front end to something else.
But these are obviously highly personal choices and preferences.
Quote:> 3. I have been spoiled by the III part components in the Visual Basic
> development environment. Are there such things in C++ (If that is what
> you guys suggest)?
No, in fact, even Microsoft doesn't plan to support Visual Basic in the
future, so you need to reevaluate this choice in your life, no matter what
you also do.
There are plenty of better alternatives for fast project development.
Quote:> 4. Are there any web based training courses available? Red Hat has
> some. I somehow am not convinced with the value compared to its price.
IMHO you are better off buying a few books, taking some time off, and
reading them -- while practicing with your computer, of course.