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Pro OpenSolaris: A New Open Source OS for Linux Developers and Administrators by Christine Tran, Harry J. Foxwell PhD

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CHAPTER 8A Development Environment on OpenSolaris

Developer, n: an organism that turns coffee into software.

—Author Unknown

Not terribly long ago, if a developer had wanted to load a development environment on her laptop, she could count on spending half a day building the operating system and another half a day getting and loading her tools, compilers, scripting languages, and database. If she were a casual tinkerer or a beginner, add another day for figuring out where all the knobs are and reading the manuals. By the time she's ready to get down to business, her flash of inspiration may well have smoldered down to embers, or worse, the idea of having to go through with the build is so wearying that our budding developer chucks it all in ...

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