How to Start

Sells, Fred fred.sells at
Fri Sep 14 16:40:27 CEST 2007

I like eclipse+pydev; although I did pay my dues learning the basics of
eclipse. F9 saves file and runs it.

If you're an emacs dude, emacs + python mode is pretty good.  ctrl-c
ctrl-c runs the active buffer.  Of course if you don't already know
emacs, avoid it like the plague.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: at
> [ at]On
> Behalf Of Michael R. Copeland
> Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2007 6:00 PM
> To: python-list at
> Subject: How to Start
>    I've decided that Python is a language/environment I'd 
> like to learn 
> (I've been a professional programmer for 45+ years), but I 
> really don't 
> know where and how to start!  I have a number of books - and 
> am buying 
> some more - but because of the bewildering number of after-market 
> packages, environments, and add-ons, I am really quite 
> perplexed about 
> starting.  8<{{
>    Yes, I could fire up the interactive mode and play with some 
> statements...but I consider that sort of thing for 
> programming neophytes 
> or experimenting with specific issues.  First, I want to develop a 
> simple Windows application, and because of the plethora of 
> "stuff" the 
> Python world offers, I don't know where to begin.  
>    For example, what basic, easy-to-use interface might I 
> start with to 
> build a simple text file parsing and analysis program?  That is, I'd 
> like to start with a simple Windows shell that prompts for a 
> file name, 
> processes it, and then displays some result.
>    I am certainly impressed with the apparent experience and 
> openness of 
> the regular players here, but the discussions here (and in 
> c.l.p.announce) truly presume knowledge and experience with Python I 
> don't yet have.  Yes, for even a very experienced programmer, 
> entering 
> the Python world is very daunting - but I want to get started.
>    Please advise.  TIA
> -- 

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