[Chicago] Python classes

Atul Varma varmaa at gmail.com
Tue Feb 28 17:06:14 CET 2006

Hi Larry,

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about Python classes either, but
I would recommend the book "Practical Python" by Magnus Lie Hetland:


This book is intended for people with no programming background, has a
great sense of humor, and the part I like most is that after he spends
about 100-150 pages teaching you the language, he then presents you
with a bunch of fun "mini-projects" that you can select from in
whatever order you like, including a peer-to-peer file sharing
program, a video game, and a lot more.  Hetland also wrote one of the
online tutorials that Tim mentioned in his last email, which is very

You may also be interested in just doing one of the online web
tutorials and then jumping into a particular area that you and your
son are interested in.  For instance, if your son is interested in
video game development, you may want to check out pygame
(www.pygame.org), which comes with a number of tutorials intended for
beginning programmers.

Good luck!

- Atul

On 2/28/06, Tim Daneliuk <tundra at tundraware.com> wrote:
> Larry Allingham wrote:
> > Hello,
> >
> > I've just subscribed to the list. I'm interested to know if there are
> > any introductory Python classes in Chicago in which I could enroll
> > myself and my 13-year-old son. Python has been recommended to me by my
> > brother (a computer engineer) as his choice for the best language for
> > beginning programmers. Since my son and I share a growing interest in
> > computers and the open source movement, we thought this might be a nice
> > thing to do together.
> >
> > Any guidance anyone could offer would be appreciated.
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Larry Allingham
> >
> I cannot comment on classes, but this is a *very* good intro to both
> programming generally and Python particularly:
>     http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/thinkCSpy/
> These are also quite good:
>     http://www.diveintopython.org/
>     http://www.hetland.org/python/instant-python.php
>     http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/~matloff/python.html
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