Python documentation too difficult for beginners

Bruno Desthuilliers bruno.42.desthuilliers at websiteburo.invalid
Tue Nov 2 16:28:28 CET 2010


jk a écrit :
> Hi,
> 
> I've been coding in PHP and Java for years, and their documentation is
> concise, well structured and easy to scan.
> 
> Others have mentioned this apparently for years (see:
> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/4046166/easy-to-navigate-online-python-reference-manual/4070851
> and http://www.russellbeattie.com/blog/python-library-docs-still-suck
> and http://xahlee.org/perl-python/xlali_skami_cukta.html).

Totally unrelated, but the last example is nothing but a reference - 
xahlee is one of the worst internet troll ever.


> Compare for instance the differences in ease of use, and speed of use,
> of these:
> 
> http://docs.python.org/library/functions.html#open
> http://uk.php.net/manual/en/function.fopen.php

Sorry but as far as I'm concerned, PHP doc sucks big time, and I find 
Javadoc-style stuff close to useless.


(snip)

> Has anyone else struggled while trying to learn the language?

Not as far as I'm concerned. I found Python the easiest language to 
learn right from the beginning. Not to say the doc couldn't be improved, 
or that alternate documentations could help, but I never had any problem 
with it.





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