Scripting (was Re: Python books, literature etc)

MRAB python at
Fri Jan 8 17:24:51 CET 2010

Jorgen Grahn wrote:
> On Thu, 2010-01-07, Peter wrote:
>> [...] depending on your 
>> application domain, I liked:
>> 1) Hans Petter Langtangen: Python Scripting for Computational Science
>> A truly excellent book, not only with respect to Python Scripting , but 
>> also on how to avoid paying  license fees by using opensource tools as 
>> an engineer ( plotting, graphing, gui dev etc ). Very good , pratical 
>> introduction to Python with careful and non-trivial examples and exercises.
> Sounds good.
> Regarding the book's title: is it just me, or are Python programmers
> in general put off when people call it "scripting"?
> I won't attempt a strict definition of the term "scripting language",
> but it seems like non-programmers use it to mean "less scary than what
> you might think of as programming", while programmers interpret it as
> "not useful as a general-purpose language".
I'd probably say that in "scripting", convenience is more important than

You don't need to create a project, just put the code into a file and
then run it.

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