Comments requested: brief summary of Python
jcarlson at nospam.uci.edu
Tue Feb 24 18:05:41 CET 2004
> 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.
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