Beginning with Python; the right choice?

Terry Reedy tjreedy at
Sat Jun 27 03:57:30 EDT 2009

Chris Rebert wrote:
> On Fri, Jun 26, 2009 at 10:39 PM, Terry Reedy<tjreedy at> wrote:
>> at wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> As you can imagine, I am new, both to this group and to Python.  I
>>> have read various posts on the best book to buy or online tutorial to
>>> read and have started to go through them.  I was wondering, as someone
>>> with virtually no programming experience (I am a photographer by
>>> trade), is Python the right language for me to try and learn?
>>> I do vaguely remember learning what I think was BASIC on some old
>>> Apple's back in elementary school (circa 1992).  Would something like
>>> that (the name at least makes it SOUND easier) be more feasible?
>> I consider Python the Basic of the 21st century.
> I don't know whether that's an insult or a compliment... :P

At one time, Basic was the language that everyone learned, at least 
amateurs and beginners of the time. It was an important part of the 
microcomputer revolution. It made beginning programming available to 
anyone, in spite of its faults.

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