I'd like to learn Python
tbryan at python.net
Mon Aug 12 00:52:45 CEST 2002
Jim Jinkins wrote:
>>>I'd like to learn Python. I have very little prior programming
>>>experience, so please view me as a complete newbie to programming.
>>>I'm looking for a book or two.
It depends on whether very little means you aced a CS class in something
like C or Pascal 5 years ago or whether it means that you've never really
programmed before except to customize somebody else's Microsoft Excel
>>The book is "Learn to Progam Using Python: A Tutorial for
>>Hobbyists, Self-Starters, and All Who Want to Learn the Art of Computer
>>Programming" by Alan Gauld. Yes, it is a very long title but you can find
>>the book on Amazon and read more about it.
I highly recommend this book if you're in the "don't know anything about
I would also recommend something like "Simple Program Design" by Robertson.
> It depends on where you are starting from. For a neophyte programmer
> these two books are ideal - and free.
> I really like Lutz, Mark and David Ascher. Learning Python. O'Reilly.
> 1999. There may be a later edition.
I would only recommend these books to someone who is already comfortable
with at least one other programming language. In particular, I helped a
complete neophyte through _Learning_Python_, and I can't imagine many
complete beginners making it through the book without personal contact with
a more experienced programmer.
Then again, if "very little prior programming experience" means that you
only know one language, then one of these books may be perfect.
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