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mckellar75238 (1218210) writes "Can anyone suggest a good way to get into writing X Windows code for Linux? I'm no longer working for a living, but I'm not ready to quit coding yet; my problem is that, although I flatter myself that I'm a good coder, I don't know the tools I need to pop up a window and make it do what I want. I run Fedora Linux 99% of the time, and this is for my own pleasure only, so I need Linux tools that are either free or only a small cost.
To give you an idea of what I' want to do, I used to do graphical UI work for a small VAR company selling PC systems in the pre-Windows world;I really loved that, until they were bought out by a competitor and I had to switch fields (to telecomm, not that it matters). Now that I'm no longer doing telecomm, I'd like to go back to graphics, but everything I knew then is decades out of date.
What I'm really looking for is the Linux equivalent of the Microsoft Visual C IDE. I liked the way I could use it to create a window object, add the bells and whistles I wanted, and then pull up the code in the editor and start adding the "under the hood" code to do what I really wanted. I've tried a couple of Linux IDEs, but the ones I've used so far either are buggy, have little or no documentation, or otherwise leave me floundering helplessly. What I really need is a mentor of some kind, but not having any human ones around, I have to rely on software. Can anyone help me get started?" top
"... Whereas coal, nuclear, natural gas, and geothermal plants are able to provide base-load power — that is, nearly continuous power — solar and wind are intermittent resources. To compete with conventional sources, solar and wind have to be paired with base-load power sources, or require the implementation of energy storage and so-called smart-grid capabilities such as devices that help users and utilities better conserve energy and reduce consumption during peak demand...."
Something else I was reading recently — I don't remember what, and it really doesn't matter — reminded me that there are various ways of storing mechanical energy (such as wind energy) with near-perfect efficiency; as an example, a turning shaft could drive a gear train to lift a heavy weight in a deep well, and the weight could in turn be used to produce other forms of energy (for example, driving an electrical generator). Not only would this provide a way of driving the generator when no wind was blowing, but the generator could be fine-tuned to the constant force of the falling weight to improve its efficiency. Does anyone know of any efforts to pair these, or similarly complementary, technologies?"