Hobbyist - Python vs. other languages

Serdar Tumgoren zstumgoren at gmail.com
Thu Jul 31 21:01:36 CEST 2008


>From this noob's perspective, I'd say take a look at Magnus Lie
Hetland's Beginning
Python<http://www.amazon.com/Beginning-Python-Novice-Professional/dp/159059519X>book.
It covers the core syntax (which it sounds like you're familiar with
already) and then includes a bunch of projects, from text processing to cgi
programming to remote file editing and basic game programming. Granted, you
can find a lot of these examples as freeware, but I guess you stand to learn
plenty by extending the code he provides.

Good luck!

Serdar T.

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 2:32 PM, fprintf <stuart.a.hall at gmail.com> wrote:

> I have been playing with computers since I first learned to program
> moving shapes on an Atari 800XL in BASIC. After many years of dabbling
> in programming languages as a hobbyist (I am not a computer scientist
> or other IT professional), I have never found a way to stick with a
> language far enough to do anything useful.  I learn all about loops
> and data structures and functions/methods etc. but never get to create
> a program that will do anything of value that I can't more easily do
> via freeware. Well, except the slot car timing system I wrote in C++
> for Linux many moons ago.
>
> Honestly Python seems like a breath of fresh air and possibly a way to
> get back to my BASIC roots, you know, programming just for the fun of
> it.
>
> Since I don't have a specific problem to solve, besides
> Pythonchallenge (which I found very cryptic), and Project Euler (which
> I found beyond my mathematics skills), is there a place to go for
> increasingly difficult problems to solve? I have followed a number of
> the recommended online tutorials that contain a logical progression of
> problems and yet they all end at the point where a person has enough
> knowledge of the syntax, but not really enough to do anything.
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