Hey guys! I've used Ubuntu in the past (and absolutely loved the environment) but last time I used it, I was more or less just playing around with it. Recently I've been taking a programming class in Java and I've had so much fun with it. I do have a few quick questions about the Ubuntu platform and writing code though.
1. Does is automatically come with a JVM and C/C++ Compiler?
2. What IDE would you recommend for writing code on Ubuntu? (I am using Netbeans on Windows and Mac OS X)
3. What scripting language do you prefer? Python, Ruby or Perl? I haven't done any scripting yet, but plan to do so in the future.
As I was saying, before I was more or less playing with Ubuntu, but now I have put serious thought into doing open source development on the side as a hobby. I love the open source community and would like to see it thrive and I would like to be a contributing member. I also have one more thing. What books would you recommend I buy to learn C/C++ and scripting languages? I am thinking of doing some serious development and writing code for the Ubuntu community. By the way, what kind of code is the Ubuntu community looking for? What do you guys really want as a general user? Are you looking for games, music, movies, various multimedia editors? I just want to know what is popular so that I can be writing code where it is really needed/wanted.