[Baypiggies] Alex Martelli - Python for Programmers, 4/10/07

Shannon -jj Behrens jjinux at gmail.com
Fri Apr 20 20:30:30 CEST 2007

On 4/20/07, Alex Martelli <aleax at google.com> wrote:
> On 4/20/07, jim stockford <jim at well.com> wrote:
> >
> > Tony suggested that Alex's outline might be
> > a good basis for Newbies Night. I can't help
> > thinking that asking Alex to re-present his
> > talk would solve the problem.
> >
> > Your thoughts?
> NP from my POV, I'm always glad to present, but -- my talk's about 90-100
> minutes' worth and is aimed pretty high -- to people who are already
> experienced programmers in (say) C++ or Java, not to newbies per se.  If we
> want to address "real newbies", and with a shorter talk, the whole thing
> might need major restructuring ( e.g. early focus on powerful library
> features, while the current talk focuses mostly on the language per se and
> only towards the end starts touching on the library, and somewhat cursorily
> at that).
> So, what's the intended audience for "newbie night" -- programmers
> experienced in other languages, or "real newbies", essentially new to
> programming?

It seems to me nearly impossible to introduce a total newbie to
programming in Python in an hour.  Doing turtle graphics might be more
appropriate for that.

My $0.02,


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