Is Python what I need?

Dave Angel davea at
Mon Aug 24 04:05:42 CEST 2009

newbie wrote:
> Hi all
> I'm interested in developing computer based, interactive programs for
> students in a special school who have an aversion to pen and paper.
> I've searched the net to find ready made software that will meet my
> needs but it is either written to a level much higher than these
> students can cope with or priced beyond our school budget. I came
> across a blog of someone singing the praises of Python. My question is
> therefore aimed at those that know what they are talking about (ie
> users in this group). Is Python the language I need to learn to
> develop these programs?
I think I'm a bit confused as to just what you're intending, and what 
your background is.  So if this response doesn't fit, please don't be 

I'm guessing you don't want these special students to do any 
programming, but instead you just want to find/develop inexpensive 
applications for their use.  You have some specific ideas, but haven't 
found anything already available within your budget.

I'm also guessing that you're a total beginner at programming.  If so, I 
claim that most programs are much, much harder to write than you can 
imagine.  Python is one of the easiest languages to learn and to write 
things in, but even so, most  GUI programs take hundreds of hours to 
develop.  And I've been doing it for forty years, in about 30 languages.


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