Hello, I have been looking for some summer chool type crash course in C and/or = programming tools and have found that there are several interesting activit= ies and gatherings for developers. However, I am not (yet) a developer. I n= eed something for beginners. I am not sure that the Chemnitz linuxtag= e 2008 is for me, for it definately looks as if it is for experienced = programmers. Is there a place for beginner wannabe hackers who want a crash= -course in C, perl, glade or other programmming tools?
Born to computers for MS-DOS (and, to a lesser extent, to VAX-VMS) , in = the early nineties, I have been phasing out Windows and using FreeBSD (and = others) for some time now. I have programmed with PASCAL in school (go gues= s why they thing it's pedagogic) and gw-BASIC after that. That was over 10 = years ago. Quite naturally, when I read about new developing tools like gla= de or dreamweaver I simply don't get the concept. I'm lost. As we Portugues= e say it, «like a donkey looking at a palace». The free software community offers lots of programs and projects in many= areas but there are others where freesoftware isn't yet present. That is t= he case of economics. In the logic of freesoftware I want make programs to = fill that vacuum. Well, some of it. What I want to do are economic model ba= sed simulators. I could do it in a spreadsheet, but I would rather make a n= ice application and make it available for everyone. For that, both competen= cies in the economics and computing areas are necessary. That brings me to = my three (free) wishes: 1. I wish there were free software programming crash courses for beginners= (beginners in programming) in every free software community event and gath= eting, providing and entry route for those who want to contribute for the a= vailability of free software in all areas of thought and all ciences and al= l activities and not just be passive users. It could be just at free softwa= re events or in association with universities through summer schools, for e= xample. 2. I wish there was a place where I could meet more people in my academic = and professional area who may also be interested in doing things and making= things happen. Diversity is important. 3. I wish there was a place for mentoring from programmers and experienced= free software people. Please notice that I am not demanding, I am willing to contribute to all= of my wishes. If You can help me or know someone that could help me let me know. Thanks, Rui Duarte in Portugal _________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________ email@example.com mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"