Can a low-level programmer learn OOP?

UrsusMaximus at gmail.com UrsusMaximus at gmail.com
Sat Jul 14 18:25:50 CEST 2007


The Tkinter tutorial refrrred to is at http://infohost.nmt.edu/tcc/help/pubs/tkinter//
and it is a great starting point ...

Ron Stephens

On Jul 14, 3:01 am, "Hendrik van Rooyen" <m... at microcorp.co.za> wrote:
>  "Chris Carlen" <crcarl,,,,dia.gov> wrote:
>
> > Form 2:  Use Python and PySerial and TkInter or wxWidgets.
>
> > Pro:  Cross-platform goal will likely be achieved fully.  Have a
> > programmer nearby with extensive experience who can help.
> > Con:  Must learn new language and library.  Must possibly learn a
> > completely new way of thinking (OOP) not just a new language syntax.
> > This might be difficult.
>
> This is the way to go. - Trust me on this.
>
> When you describe your history, it is almost an exact parallel to mine.
> In my case, I have been doing real low level stuff (mostly 8031 assembler)
> since 1982 or so. And then I found python in a GSM module (Telit), and
> I was intrigued.
>
> I really appreciate your comments on OO - it parallels a lot of what I feel
> as there is a lot of apparent BS that does not seem to "do anything" at first
> sight.
>
> However-  for the GUI stuff, there is an easily understood relationship between
> the objects and what you see on the screen - so its a great way of getting
> into OO - as far as people like you and me will go with it, which is not very
> far, as we tend to think in machine instructions...
>
> And for what its worth - you can programme assembler-like python, and it also
> works.
>
> The best thing to do is just to spend a few days playing with say Tkinter.
> I use a reference from the web written by John W Shipman at New Mexico
> Tech - it is succinct and clear, and deserves more widespread publicity.
>
> Google for it - I have lost the link, although I still have the pdf file.
>
> You will also find the interactive prompt that you get when you type
> python at a command prompt invaluable - it lets you play with and debug
> small code snippets so that you can learn as you go along - it really speeds
> up the whole learning process, and makes it almost painless.
>
> All this talking is just wasting time - you could have had your first frame up
> on the screen already, with a blank canvas, ready for drawing.  It really goes
> that quick, once you start.
>
> So the answer to the title question is: Yes - a low level programmer can learn
> OOP, and its in fact easier than it looks, as almost all the heavy lifting has
> been done for you by others.
>
> - Hendrik





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