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    device driver development and linux application development


    What is the difference between device driver development and linux application development? Give some examples. Please explain.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Linux Guru Cabhan's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
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    This is an incredibly broad question, as the two are very different. It also sounds a bit like homework, which is not allowed on this forum. What information are you looking for?

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Device drivers (except user-space drivers - another subject) require kernel-level development in the C language. A lot of standard functions like printf() and such are not available, although there are kernel versions such as kprint to provide similar functionality. There is a lot of documentation and free e-books available online to help you with this. Application development is all in user-space and there are many languages available to effect this, such as C, C++, Java, Python, ADA, etc. So, in short, kernel module/driver development requires REALLY good C programming skills, and application development can be done in any available/suitable language.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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