How can a new guy get into dev?

David Mohr damailings at
Fri Jun 6 20:44:35 CEST 2008

On Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 11:39 AM, Logan <mrbojangles3 at> wrote:
> Hello all
> I am a 2nd year cs major, I am interested in linux development and i am
> wondering what the best way to get my foot in the door so to speak. I
> have knowledge of java, a little C and C# and good knowledge of python.
> but my experience seems to be in the educational side of the language,
> like how to make arrays and exercises like data structures. I would like
> to develop for xfce. can anyone offer tips, development environments,
> languages to learn, even  how to get started. i get the dev mailing list
> in digest mode.

Since xfce is based on the gtk+ toolkit, it would probably be helpful
for you to look into some gtk tutorials.

One way I found very good to get started is to look at some smaller
program (i.e. a plugin like samuel suggested) and to try to add a
small feature to it. For me it's easier to modify something in the
beginning than to start from scratch, but of couse YMMV.


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