After the scaring version, the practical version. To incoming Ph.D. students
working with us means using our models
GEOtop, to say the complete thruth, has a group of video tutorial (in Italian) that you can find here. University of Calabria paid Mountain-eering for doing them, so please use them with confidentiality.
Looking in perspective, I am working to a new incarnation of GEOtop in components. As I already explained here. There will be then, a convegence of tools towards OMS3 and its evolutions.
So what I suggest ? First start to study the models at the links above. Willing to learn a computer language, start with Java. To start, read here. To continue, go here.
In this language I invested quite a lot during the years. Why I choose Java can be found here.
I wrote it four years ago, but the concepts are still valid. Recently I become more moderate, and opened to other languages. Here my opinion.