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Porting MS-DOS Graphics Applications

Jawed Karim Issue #53, September 1998 Are you hesitant about porting your favorite VGA MS-DOS program to Linux? Using this tutorial and SVGALIB, porting will truly become a matter of minutes. I first started VGA programming under MS-DOS, using the popular DJGPP C compiler. In recent years, this protected-mode 32-bit compiler, which is basically an MS-DOS port of gcc, has ...

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Linux Stampede

David Haraburda Issue #52, August 1998 The new kid on the block—Stampede Linux.       Stampede Linux was created because of our dissatisfaction with other distributions. We found that while other distributions had many useful features, none of them had everything we wanted. While the development team recognizes perfection is an unachievable goal, the driving force behind the development ...

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A First Look at KDE Programming

David Sweet Issue #52, August 1998 Mr. Sweet teaches us how to write an application for the KDE desktop—for the experienced GUI programmer. The stated goal of the K Desktop Environment, KDE, is to provide a free, user-friendly desktop for Linux/UNIX systems. The project’s participants began by providing a window manager (kwm/kpanel) and a file manager (kfm) and retrofitting popular ...

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Graphical Desktop Korn Shell

George Kraft IV Issue #51, July 1998 The Graphical Desktop Korn Shell (DtKsh) is a featured part of the Common Desktop Environment (CDE). DtKsh provides a consistent and reliable graphical Motif shell language that is supported on all CDE-compliant systems. Portability and pervasiveness are two important characteristics to consider when you are developing code. Using a programming language with a ...

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A Glimpse of Icon

Clinton Jeffery Shamim Mohamed Issue #51, July 1998 This article gives a quick introduction to the programming language Icon, developed at the University of Arizona. Linux users are early adopters of new technology, so it’s not surprising that many in the Linux community wish to use the best programming language for a given application, rather than being limited to just ...

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Magick with Images

Steve Whitehouse Issue #50, June 1998 Mr. Whitehouse gives us an introduction to a free software package for manipulating images—ImageMagick. Ever since the first computers with graphical displays, computer editing and transformation of images has been one of the most popular application areas. There should be little surprise that there is a multiplicity of free graphic software available under Linux. ...

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Financial Calculation Programs for Linux

James Shapiro Issue #48, April 1998 Mr. Shapiro shows us how to write a program to compute internal rate of return using three programming languages supported by Linux—Perl, C and Java. The world of finance is rife with mathematical formulas. We are all familiar with the elementary ones like those for compound interest or tallying up the value of a ...

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Linux Network Programming, Part 3

Ivan Griffin Mark Donnelly PhD. John Nelson Issue #48, April 1998 This month we are presented with an introduction to the networking of distributed objects and the use of CORBA. In the last few articles in this series, we dealt with basic low-level network programming in Linux, and with the issues involved in developing network servers (daemons). However, coding at ...

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Building Projects With Imake

Otto Hammersmith Issue #48, April 1998 Here’s an explanation of how Imake works and how you can use it to build your executables—an article for programmers with C and Unix programming skills. Imake is tool for configuring the X Window System and its components for different platforms and compilers. Imake allows you to create a generic description of how your ...

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The SANE Scanner Interface

David Mosberger Issue #47, March 1998 SANE makes it easy to support a wide variety of devices and of applications with a minimum amount of programming effort. SANE stands for “Scanner Access Now Easy”. It is a universal interface that enables you to acquire images from any device that produces raster images, including flatbed scanners, video and still cameras and ...

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