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Joseph F. Boudreau and Eric. S. Swanson

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198708636

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198708636.001.0001

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Building programs in a Linux environment

Building programs in a Linux environment

(p.1) 1 Building programs in a Linux environment
Applied Computational Physics

Joseph F. Boudreau

Eric S. Swanson

Oxford University Press

A specific computing technology is commonplace in the ecosystem of modern scientific computing. Elements of this technology, including the linux and OS/X operating systems and the C++ computing language, are introduced, and provide the student with a basis for writing and building programs to solve mathematical and scientific problems that occur throughout the text and most likely throughout a career in the physical sciences. While high-level languages may facilitate computation (or not), they often complicate the build procedure. This chapter discusses the steps involved in the build of simple and more complicated programs and program libraries, the use of external libraries or APIs, and automation of build procedures. Advice is given on mysterious problems in the build and execution of a program, and on the utilities that can be used to elucidate them. Source code management systems are also discussed.

Keywords:   linux, C++, make, API, programs, libraries, source code management

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