[Tutor] Why I'm learning Python (OT and long)

Sheila King sheila@thinkspot.net
Thu, 30 Aug 2001 10:42:30 -0700

On Thu, 30 Aug 2001 10:27:42 -0400 (EDT), Bill Tolbert
<bill_tolbert@bigfoot.com>  wrote about [Tutor] Why I'm learning Python
(OT and long):

:Sure I can get by in Access/VB. But I know
:Access is kid stuff compared to Oracle and MySQL. I want to write
:solutions for non-MS platforms; I want to understand the difference between
:bound and unbound methods; I want to understand other people's code; I
:want to be Danny Yoo!!!

Heh. Who wouldn't want to be Danny Yoo? ;)

Just the other night I was saying to my husband, how discouraged I was,
because the more I learn, the more I realize that I don't know. I
wondered how do people learn all this stuff about how the operating
systems work, and file locking and sockets and servers and ...
Lots of stuff I'd like to know, but it took me a whole week (with lots
of help) to write a file-locking module that works cross-platform on
Win32/Unix. (And has only been tested under win98 and Linux.)

I know I need to learn some database stuff as well, but SQL seems a bit
intimidating. And I don't really have anything to practice on. (Or time
to do so, either, it seems.)

In my search for code to help me with file locking, I tried reading
other people's code and couldn't understand it, either. (That's partly
why I write my own. At least I understand my own code!)

Here's some code I was looking at today that I COMPLETELY DON'T GET:
(I'm wanting to learn how to do session management and cookies...

So what am I saying here? Basically, Bill, you aren't the only one who
feels this way. I'm stumbling through, as well. So, hang in there. The
best thing about Python, I think, is the supportive community. If you've
managed to fool those guys you work with for four years, you must have
something going for ya! ;)

Sheila King