Learning Python now coming from Perl
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Sat Dec 6 22:01:53 CET 2008
On Dec 6, 12:30 pm, Roy Smith <r... at panix.com> wrote:
> In article <ghecgk$81... at panix3.panix.com>, a... at pythoncraft.com (Aahz)
> > In article <ghe0jo$3i... at news.motzarella.org>,
> > Bertilo Wennergren <berti... at gmail.com> wrote:
> > >I don't suppose there is any introductory material out there that is
> > >based on Python 3000 and that is also geared at people with a Perl
> > >background? Too early for that I guess..
> > Honestly, the differences between 2.x and 3.0 are small enough that it
> > doesn't much matter, as long as you're not the kind of person who gets
> > put off by little problems. Because so much material is for 2.x, you
> > may be better off just learning 2.x first and then moving to 3.x.
> I'm not sure I agree. If you're starting out, you might as well learn the
> new stuff. Then there's no need to unlearn the old way.
One disadvantage of learning Python 3 first is the availability of
third-party libraries (especially extension libraries), most of which
will not be updated for Python 3.x for quite a while.
Also, I don't think it's really advisable to be completely ignorant of
the 2.x difference even if one intends to start with 3.0. There is a
lot of code and material out there for 2.x, and until these start to
be widely available for 3.x, people will sometimes have to make do
with the 2.x stuff.
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