[Haifux] advanced of programming in Linux

Tzafrir Rehan tzafrir.r at gmail.com
Mon Nov 2 11:30:54 MSK 2009

Some short scripts I wrote:

Download a website every 5 minutes and send me a email if it changed (used
when waiting for grades in physics)

- Windows doesn't have a method of downloading a file, doesn't have a method
of sending emails, doesn't have a method of comparing files
- In linux this took me less than a minute to write

Rotate between several background images

- I have no idea what a programmer needs to do in windows to change the
background, it might be simple, but I'm guessing it's not
- In linux (gnome) if you change the file used as background, the background
changes. Rotating between images in a directory was easy to write

I have a icon in my toolbar that pops up a window in which I paste a URL to
a PDF file, when I hit OK the PDF is sent to the printer (two sided)

- Good luck getting that done in windows

2009/11/1 Shahar Dag <dag at cs.technion.ac.il>

>  Hello
> To extent Elli's question:
> We try to convince our students that programming on Linux is easier /
> faster relative to Windows, so they better learn how to work with Linux.
> We claim that using the build in shell commands and pipes we can compose a
> solution for complex problem (almost) without programming.
> Can you point us for real life examples that prove our claims?
> Thanks in advanced
> Shahar Dag
> System & Software Development Laboratory (SSDL)
> Computer Science Department
> Technion - Israel Institute of Technology
> Haifa, Israel
> Tel. 972-4-829-4880
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