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An Introduction

Post by bencarter4185 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 8:13 am

Hi everyone!

I'm Ben, I'm 18 and I'll be starting university come September/October at either Edinburgh or Leicester University, depending on grades. I'll be studying for a Physics degree; to give me a head-start with Computational Physics and such, I've decided to try to get myself familiarised as much with Linux and Python coding as is possible. I'm starting from scratch, and I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing. :lol:

When I was looking around, I saw a MOOC on edX called "Introduction to Linux" and one on Coursera entitled "Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)". Does anyone have any experience of these? Is there a better way to learn the basics?

Thanks guys! :D

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Re: An Introduction

Post by Tomgin5 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:03 pm

Welcome Ben!
Primarily dig into the Python in the forums here. I am kind of a newby here as well. I have helped my daughter, son, grandson with the conversion although my grandson does have a degree in computer sciences. He has been concentrating on assembler, C, C++ etc since he was 11.
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Re: An Introduction

Post by bencarter4185 » Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:50 pm

Thank you! I'll take a look around. Could be fun, and eek... high level Python is more than enough for me, C can wait :lol:

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Re: An Introduction

Post by The-Wizard » Mon Aug 08, 2016 1:55 pm

Welcome to the Mint family forums

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Re: An Introduction

Post by jimallyn » Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:30 pm

Welcome aboard, Ben!
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Re: An Introduction

Post by wilbobob » Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:11 pm

I got half way through the EDX course before the rest of my life took over. I enjoyed what I did, and it's a good grounding with an insight into differences in the major distributions. I don't need certification as I'm way past employment, but it's good to know it's available if it helps in your working life.
I do intend to get back and finish the course when I can find the time. How I ever found time to go to work is beyond me.
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Re: An Introduction

Post by Crewp » Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:45 pm

Welcome to Linux Mint, and the Mint forum. Best wishes for your schooling come fall.
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Re: An Introduction

Post by Amii_Leigh » Mon Aug 08, 2016 3:55 pm

Namaste and welcome to the Linux Mint forums! :D

There isn't much that I can add, except maybe have patience. As Rome wasn't built in a day, You won't understand everything you think you need to know all at once. I know I don't anyway. :)
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Re: An Introduction

Post by defcon » Tue Aug 09, 2016 12:01 pm

Welcome :)

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Re: An Introduction

Post by Fred Barclay » Wed Aug 10, 2016 1:13 pm

Welcome to the family, and Happy Minting!
+1 to Amii's advice. Take it slow, or at least make backups. :lol:

Hmm... I'm working on my Physics degree as well. I've used Python as my primary language for a bit now, though I started studying C about a month ago. It's slow going; I definitely recommend you learn Python first so you can understand more of how a programming language works, before trying a harder language. ;)
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Re: An Introduction

Post by matt » Tue Aug 16, 2016 4:59 pm

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