How to "wow" someone new to Python

Skip Montanaro skip.montanaro at
Fri Jan 16 16:15:16 CET 2015

If you want to show off the REPL, I'd got for iPython and show them some
simple matplotlib examples (plotting sin waves, maybe dig up a CSV file on
the net with some data your friend is familiar with, etc)


On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 9:03 AM, Chris Angelico <rosuav at> wrote:

> Scenario: You're introducing someone to Python for the first time.
> S/he may have some previous programming experience, or may be new to
> the whole idea of giving a computer instructions. You have a couple of
> minutes to show off how awesome Python is. What do you do?
> I was thinking along the lines of a simple demo in the REPL, showing
> off some of Python's coolest features. But then I got stuck on the
> specifics. What are Python's best coolnesses? What makes for a good
> demo?
> Ideally, this should be something that can be demo'd quickly and
> easily, and it should be impressive without going into great details
> of "and see, this is how it works on the inside". So, how would you
> brag about this language?
> ChrisA
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