[BangPypers] Good Python training in blr

Kenneth Gonsalves lawgon at au-kbc.org
Tue Jun 16 07:14:34 CEST 2009

On Tuesday 16 June 2009 10:23:04 Banibrata Dutta wrote:
> > frankly people who need to be _trained_ in python can't be of much
> > calibre. I
> > can understand using python to train people in programming, but not the
> > other
> > way around.
> Isn't that too much of -ve assumption and generalisation ? I've known
> excellent programmers adept at using other languages, but a training helped
> them a lot with getting them quickly started. Of course, the mileage did
> vary, but the above generalisation is completely unfounded.

I was expressing a personal opinion. My experience in the few python trainings 
that I have done was that I ended up training people in programming rather 
than in python as such. And since I am not much of a programmer, I have given 
up conducting python training. The most I am willing to do is a ten minute 
session with the python shell and make sure people know the 'dir' and 'help' 
commands. I also found that most of the people I had 'trained' in python 
migrated back to the languages they came from (php or dotnet).

As for languages like C, training makes more sense as it is a tough language - 
I have never managed to learn it. And training in perl makes even less sense 
as there are so many ways to do things that trainer and trainee will never see 
eye to eye.
Kenneth Gonsalves

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