"Simple" Languages in FreeBSD

Andrew Gould andrewlylegould at gmail.com
Fri Jul 1 06:36:33 UTC 2016

I have made great use of very little Python for over a decade.  I use it
1. extracting data from text files
2. managing some SQL scripts that make use of ODBC connections
3. managing a series of ImageMagick commands.
4. detecting the external address of my internet gateway and updating my
EasyDNS account when my dynamic address changes.

All of my scripts (except the last one) run in FreeBSD and Windows without

I am but a CPA who strayed too far from the ledger.  I can vouch for the
ease of learning Python.

Best of luck,


On Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 4:52 PM, Allen <bsd_atog at comcast.net> wrote:

> Hi,
> I've been using FreeBSD on and off since 4.0-CURRENT, which seems like
> almost a lifetime ago now, heh. I'm currently using FreeBSD
> 10.0-RELEASE and even though I've gotten my latest order from the
> FreeBSD Mall (Which I bought 10.3-RELEASE on DVD along with a bunch of
> other stuff for myself and my Wife) I'm not ready to upgrade yet since
> I've gotten my system working how I like (Got WindowMaker set up, and
> FVWM2, and some other stuff set up) so I'm using it for now.
> Anyway, in all these years that have passed using FreeBSD and a bunch
> of Linux distros, I never had time or patience enough to learn
> Programming Languages, and I'm getting more and more to the part where
> I'm thinking it's a good idea more so now than before.
> I have the book "Learning Perl" that I bought a while back, and I've
> also downloaded a bunch of stuff for Perl, Python, Ruby, and others, so
> I'm just curious on basically what Languages anyone here would
> recommend.
> Literally anyone who responds with an opinion, I'm interested. Being
> easy to learn for someone who isn't great with Math but does understand
> Unix is a plus but not a requirement. I was starting to teach myself
> Ruby on a Linux box I was using for a while and Ruby did seem to be
> going OK, but a lot of the FreeBSD Books I've bought recommend Perl,
> and I've also had just as many reasons from people saying to try
> Python, so basically any Language and what reasons would be great.
> -Allen
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