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About scholarwarrior

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    I broke 10 posts and all I got was this lousy title!
  1. I would recommend checking out an O'Reilly book. I am a noob myself and don't know any C or C++ but the O'Reilly books have been a HUGE help to me. Also, let me recommend starting with Python. The documentation on their website is great and there is a good free book you can get online called How To Think Like A Computer Scientist. Let me say that I am not knocking on C or C++ at all or saying don't learn them. I don't know either language. Eric raymond recommended Pythin as a good starter language and I'd say that I personally benefitted from it.
  2. I'd recommend trying some Live CD's. I personally like Feisty Fawn, but that might not be right depend on you. Try a few out and go from there. If you haven't used Linux, just remember one thing. It is not Windows, so don't expect it to be. Good luck! P.S. I agree that Kubuntu is better, but Gnome has it's good points.
  3. You said it way better than I did. I agree 100%. Thanks.
  4. This is the Nubie HQ. Might I suggest reading the rules of the forum. That's all I am saying. "Constructive, not destructive." "Nubie flaming will not be tolerated." Not sure whatever happened to that, but oh well. I would suggest a different forum with more experienced hackers such as yourself. It's not about you or me, it's about the community. Our respected opinions of others in here or each other should be kept to ourselves. I'm not so sure how this room has suggested using other people's software or anything like that. The majority of the stuff I have seen are recommendations for languages and recommendations to look into.
  5. Why does it seem that everywhere on BinRev there's people that are experts on what qualifies you as a hacker or doesn't qualify you as a hacker. If someone isn't they will figure it out for themselves. "Wanting to learn to hack" are just words. I can't say that I know anybody in here or whether they are a hacker or not. I don't even know if the whole "mindset" thing was read somewhere and just repeated. I'm not saying it was or not, I just don't know. I don't know if the people that made recommendations are right or not. I'll figure it out on my own. It's just asking for advice and I appreciate all that I get. I'm sure nobody on this forum knows my "hacking" experience or anybody else's. It's just language. Maybe it's just an easy way to say they are looking for advice and feedback and knowledge and all of that stuff. One thing is for sure. I don't need to be told what a hacker is anymore. I've heard it 5 times in the last day and a half when that's not the question that was asked. Feedback and input are what I need and what I want to give also. I don't know everything now or won't 10 years from now. 20 years from now I will still want to "learn how to hack" just as much as I do now and just as much as I did 10 years ago. I'll still want to contribute and be contributed to. I'll bet most if not all people in here have heard the whole "mindset" thing more than once and will continue to hear it. They will figure it out for themselves without hearing it. I'm sure they don't need me or anybody else to tell them. They probably need to hear any input I have to a question they have, if I have any for that particular question. I don't mean to ruffle any feathers but that's how I feel. When I read "want to learn to hack" I didn't take it as anything more than someone wanting knowledge. You're either a hacker or you are not, just like you either have something to productive to contribute or you don't. Simple as that.
  6. Thanks. I appreciate the 2 cents.
  7. I was reading an article by Eric Raymond and he suggested that hackers start by learning a language, and recommends this order - Python, Java, C/C++, Perl, and LISP. I've started on Python and so far it seems very easy to learn. They have GREAT documentation on their site.
  8. Thanks for the python links. That looks interesting too.
  9. That's what I had always understood. C is more for kernel development and things like that, where C++ is more surface level. I could be wrong but that was always my understanding. I was listening to a podcast with a Linux Kernel Developer and he said C is the language you need to know and that if you know that you can get a job pretty easily as a kernel developer. Again, just going by what he said. I'm looking for something that'll get me a job that won't require me to work for Microsoft or on .NET, but also give me something to do in my spare time. I've narrowed it to C, C++, Java, and PHP/SQL.
  10. Thanks for the input. I want to learn something that is flexible enough to be cross-platform and/or enterprise but it mainly used on Linux systems. I only do basic to play around with, and took a class on VisualBASIC because I needed an elective and couldn't fit C++ into my schedule. I know C++ and Java are generally cross-platform and enterprise level as well as a decent starter language. You said C++ isn't good for starters. My level of experience is 2 classes on general logic and flowcharting (covering arrays, loops, etc.) and VisualBASIC as well as some HTML for web design. Is that enough to get into C++ or should I start with something more simple. I will almost always be programming using a Linux system because I don't like or use Windows. It's just a personal preference and I don't push it on anyone. I would rather stick closer to useful languages for Linux or Macs. Again, I appreciate all the recommendations and am looking at C++ if it's not too advanced.
  11. Why does REALbasic suck? For what it is it seems every bit as good as VisualBASIC and so far I like it better. Any more input on C vs. C++? How about Java? I should point out right off the bat that I have no interest in .NET programming. I'm just looking for a good cross-platform language to start with that works well. I hear great things about C, C++ and Java for starting.
  12. I've been studying HTML,VB, and some SQL, but I found REALbasic better and more cross-platform. I'm gonna try C++ or Java next, but I've heard a few people say C is better. What are the pros and cons of both and would an O'Reilly book be a good starting point?
  13. Hello all, I am an ex-soldier/2 time OIF vet that has taken up computers (particularly Linux, networking, administrating and coding) as a hobby and hopefully a career. I am still learning, but it's all I do. I struggle between full-time work and full-time school and studying for certifications and learning languages in my spare time. Nice to meet you all. Alan
  14. Someone I met on MySpace blogged about it.