greenbeen seeks advice

wyatt stafford wyatts at
Fri Jul 13 13:46:23 EDT 2001

I looked through about 15 different articles/URLs, etc doing language
comparisons, and the code examples, when available, on Python were usually
shorter, and seemed to be easier to follow (ok, maybe "follow" is a
charitable description of my current ability).  Also, I found copies of the
two books mentioned earlier and found they both contained compelling,
persuasive arguements in favor of Python.  Finally, I like the TV shows,
movies, etc of Monty Python.


"Lindstrom Greg - glinds" <Greg.Lindstrom at> wrote in message
news:mailman.995043443.27208.python-list at
> Welcome to the club!  I am curious as to how you decided on Python?
> IM(NS)HO, it is one of the best languages for just about all applications
> ('cept MUDs :-).  My daughter (age 10) has worked through the "How to
> Like a Computer Scientist" (Python edition), and to my amazement, wrote a
> program to find all of the words in a word-search puzzle she was doing
> it needed *some* more work, but I found it to be a great effort).
> Come in on, and ask lots of questions!
> Greg Lindstrom
> Acxiom Corporation,                    mail: CWY10011149
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> email: Greg.Lindstrom at
> "When the solution is simple, God has spoken"
>                                                             Albert
> -----Original Message-----
> From: wyatt stafford [mailto:wyatts at]
> Sent: Friday, July 13, 2001 11:33 AM
> To: python-list at
> Subject: greenbeen seeks advice
> Preamble:
> I am a computer/network support person who has decided to start
> for a vocation (no previous experience beyond minor scripting, etc).
> some research I selected Python as a good place to start.  I bought "Learn
> to Program using Python" (Gauld) and "Quick Python" (Harms/McDonald).
> checking out the tutorial, and other good info at    I
> a leaping, intuitive learning style given to missing the obvious, so I am
> concerned about having fatal gaps in my learning via home schooling plan.
> Questions:
> Beyond those mentioned above, may I have any recommendations for self
> resources (books, etc) or techniques that will help me be a good
> in general?
> Do I need to know what is taught in CompSci 101/102/etc, to be great?
> thanks and happy weekend to all,
> wyatt
> "Oh, that's not what I call bingeing"

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