- Resources: most of the time, it's not necessary to buy a book, search online instead!
- Software Carpentry to learn about tests, versioning, Makefile, regular expressions, etc
- Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide by Mendel Cooper
- my own page on R
- C++ tutorial, a must-read (and a list of the best free C/C++ resources online)
- Python tutorials: for everyone (another), scientists (another), in French, packaging, numpy
- list of free programming books
- C: THE book, interactive programming, OOP
- Templates: it is always rewarding on the long term to start any piece of computer software with a minimum amount of generic code (command-line options, help message, license, usage of gzipped files, running time, etc). But it's a pain to write all this every time, right? And often we know how to do something in one language but not in another. So below are my typical templates for any C++/Python/R/Bash program, as well as Beamer presentation.
- Language-independent user documentation: I'm a firm believer that it is necessary to add some user documentation, even minimal, to any program. An easy way to do this is to simply generate such documentation from the "help" message, as long as it is "properly" formatted (see help2man). The following commands work for any programming language:
help2man -N -o myprogram.man ./myprogram
groff -mandoc myprogram.man > myprogram.ps
ps2pdf myprogram.ps myprogram.pdf