[Pythonmac-SIG] My stab at a new page
charles.hartman at conncoll.edu
Sat Feb 11 01:43:05 CET 2006
On Feb 10, 2006, at 5:34 PM, Bill Janssen wrote:
>> Charles Hartman wrote:
>>> It seems to me (as *much* closer to a newbie than a developer) that
>>> simply recommending the download & install of Python 2.4.x not only
>>> wouldn't put a major obstacle in the way of beginners, but wouldn't
>>> seem to, either.
>> Exactly. It's not like anyone but Linux users expects everything
>> to be
>> pre-installed on their machine! You have to download something to try
>> out RealBasic, or whatever, as well.
> I don't know about that. The Mac philosophy is something like, "It
> just works". I hear that a lot from new Mac users around here.
The audience we're imagining is one looking to branch out a little --
into programming, to begin with, into Python in particular. If that
involves downloading something, that's perfectly familiar territory.
If I were a Mac user interested in a new approach to word processing
I'd expect to download Nisus Writer, or whatever. (For that matter,
Word doesn't come free on Macs.) I think the Python is parallel, from
that psychological standpoint. (The fact that Apple ships a version
of Python is a red herring here.)
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