How to actually write a program?

Michael Hudson mwh at
Sat Sep 4 14:38:22 CEST 2004

"Nick Evans" <nick at> writes:

> Hello there,
> I have been on and off learning to code (with python being the second
> language I have worked on after a bit of BASIC). What I really want to know
> is, if you are going to actually write a program or a project of some sort,
> how do you actually start.
> Picture this, you know what you want the program to do (its features), you
> have a possably rough idea of how the program will work. You have opened an
> empty text file and saved it as '' and now your sitting in
> front of an empty text file... Now then.... where do I start.
> Any ideas about this problem :-)

In addition to what others have said, I use the interactive
interpreter A LOT (probably too much; I should write more tests).


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