davea at ieee.org
Tue Apr 7 21:41:16 CEST 2009
> well i'm pretty much a newb on python, it's my first comp lang. and
> i've been having some diffuclties, i want to get the hang of it and
> i'm wondering if u could help me understand the syntax structure.
> I messed around with my own comp (windos xp) command prompt and i
> currently play a mud, but the python syntax is completly diffrent, i
> was wondering if u could expalin how to syntax goes, i've tried the
> "hello world" but it keep displaying syntax error, i've tried entering
> random commands, e.g find,search, collect,...
dorzey's suggestion is good, as is the tutorial available with your
install. Look for the file python-docs-pdf-letter.zip, and inside it
If you didn't download that yet, you can get it from
I prefer the pdf form, but your preferences may be different. Just try
to get one that matches the version of the python you downloaded.
The other thing that you need to learn how to do is to cut & paste in
your command window. If you drag the mouse around the command window it
should highlight some text. Then you right click to put that on the
clipboard. Now you can go to some other program (like your mail
program) and Ctrl-V to paste it. If that mode isn't enabled on your
command windows, fix it, although you can manually use the system menu
to accomplish the same thing (which I do when I'm using someone else's
When you ask for help here, please be specific. What did you try, and
exactly what was the error. For all we know, you weren't even
successful in getting the python.exe program to run at all. So it could
be a path problem, not a language syntax problem. Here's a sample
session. If you can't get this far, show us exactly what you did get.
Python 2.6.1 (r261:67517, Dec 4 2008, 16:51:00) [MSC v.1500 32 bit
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> "hello world"
>>> import sys
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