Comments requested: brief summary of Python
claird at lairds.com
Tue Feb 24 18:22:04 CET 2004
In article <c1g0e4$t2n$1 at news.service.uci.edu>,
Josiah Carlson <jcarlson at nospam.uci.edu> wrote:
>> The target audience here is an experience programmer that doesn't know
>> Python at all. So I didn't want to assume they knew about indenting,
>> or how lists work, etc.
>In general, not just the Python description, but the three language
>descriptions I read (Python, Perl, C), all sounded like they were going
>to be given to a CEO who knew how to use formulas in Excel, not to
>anyone with real programming experience.
>Each version felt very much like you were holding someone's hand.
>Moosebumps made a good suggestion to offer a short program, and describe
>it as you go along. In languages where you can insert a comment
>virtually anywhere, you could document the code, describing the syntax
>and features of the languages as you go along. For those additional
>language features (like lists, tuples, dicts, etc. in Python, and other
>in other languages), having a section at the end describing the basic
>(and advanced) data structures available to the language, seems to make
>sense to me.
> - Josiah
Me, too. Josiah hits it just right.
Cameron Laird <claird at phaseit.net>
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