[Tutor] Newbie

Frank Holmes flash1210@hotmail.com
Sat, 02 Feb 2002 22:16:26 -0800

   I started learning python about 3 months ago. I also started with sam's 
teach yourself in 24 hours   (hint: don't be too surprised if it takes a bit 
longer than 24 hrs ;)  )  I haven't programmed in any other languages, but 
have found python to be very learnable as a starter language. The list here 
is very supportive and patient with newbies.
   I would recommend that in addition to your "sam's" book you pick up Alan 
Gauld's "Learn to Program using Python" and O'Reilly's "Learning Python". 
Gauld's book is very good at explaining things at a starter level and 
O'Reilly's book is in my opinion very straightforeward. There are times when 
I will have all three books open in front of me while trying to "get" a 
concept but usually one of them will have an explanation that will make 
sense to me.
   If you find you are not understanding a concept the folks here at "tutor" 
are really helpful and patient.

Good luck

>From: Ciaguy@aol.com
>To: tutor@python.org
>Subject: [Tutor] Newbie
>Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2002 12:34:46 EST
>I recently bought "SAMS Teach Yourself Python in 24 Hours."  Hour #2 
>I sign up for the Tutor mailing list.  How to do this?
>Background: I wish to teach myself to write programs for my computer.  I 
>absolutely no experience.  I am probably around 10 notches below beginner
>level.  I am no math whiz.  I am just a 60 y/o male with only a keen desire
>to teach myself a programming language.  Friends(?) have suggested I start
>with XBasic, Liberty Basic, Visual Basic, or even C++ (Wrong!).
>Will Python be a good "idiot" user friendly language for self teachers, 
>as myself?  Thanks for any advice or input.
>Tutor maillist  -  Tutor@python.org

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