DCU have a nice big IBM machine, an s390,
they use it to run multiple virtual linux servers,
So if you are doing a project you can request
your own server(s) to do the development on.
From: lbedford at lbedford.org [mailto:lbedford at lbedford.org]
Sent: 02 October 2001 02:57
To: ilug at linux.ie
Subject: Re: [ILUG] Linux @ college
On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 10:44:51AM +0100, John P. Looney came forth with:
> On Tue, Oct 02, 2001 at 12:19:00AM +0100, Ivan Kelly mentioned:
> > could anyone advise as to where in ireland has the best college courses
> > which involve *nix programming?
>> None of them, to my knowledge.
>IIRC TCD definitely used to. I haven't seen the stuff my sister is doing,
but I know when I were there they were writing code on OSF/1 and Solaris.
As an engineer, I didn't get to do much of that, but we did do Erlang on
> Don't think that in college, the lecturers will teach you cool stuff.
> It's mostly quite boring. For databases, we did VB talking to Access. I
> still shudder when I see green text on black, as it reminds me of doing
> cobol and fortran on a VAX. Any interesting stuff I did in college, wasn't
> coursework. And I'm not even talking about the culture shock I got
> discovering that my school now had girls and beer.
>We got to play with CORBA and COM+, Java and various other stuff. I didn't
think it was fun at the time (the DecStations were much more interesting),
but it has actually turned out to be useful (any Windows programming
practically requires COM these days, and GNOME/KDE are both heavily into
CORBA or some other objecty system)
> College brings you into contact with many interesting people, many of
> whom will know more than you. They give you computer equipment, that if
> you are willing to take the risk & the effort, can be perverted into using
> whatever OS or software you want.
Yup.. it's great fun to leave the Windows system in place but have a nice
RedHat 4.1 installation to run X on :)
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