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Sat Feb 23 19:10:48 CET 2013
On 23/02/2013 18:32, Gene Heskett wrote:
> I am here because I was hoping some knowledge leakage would help me to
> understand python, but at my age I am beginning to have to admit the
> level of abstraction is something I may never fully grok. If I ever
> find a python book that literally starts at square one, it _will_ come
> home with me though. But I have too many hobbies too, I have a BP
> rifle that needs a trip to the range this afternoon for some exercise.
> :) Cheers, Gene
I'm using Rapid GUI Programming with Python & Qt (Mark Summerfield ISBN
978-0-13-235418-9) - it fits for me because I needed something that
covered GUI development but also had an intro to the language. The
first 3 chapters are a Python intro at a sensible level for experienced
coders (none of this 'here is the keyboard, there is the screen'
nonsense) so it is enough to get you going with Python. The rest is
about Qt/PyQt, taught via manageable examples and giving a fairly well
thought out dialogue (monologue?) of what each line/function does. It
was useful enough for me to want to carry the hardback version with me
on my 'commute' from the UK to Nigeria where I am currently working.
I've also got two books by Wesley Chun, (Core Python Programming & Core
Python Applications Programming) on my Kindle . I can't give you a
sensible verdict on those two because, while I've finally settled to
reading fiction on the Kindle, I still like to have a real book when it
comes to reference works (on any subject) so they haven't had the usage
that Summerfield has.
Oh, and you're never too old for anything but most things take longer -
gives you more time to enjoy them ;-)
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