[Tutor] Looking for some guidance.

Joshua Banks syn_ack at comcast.net
Thu Feb 5 12:53:45 EST 2004

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I've embarked upon the Python journey. Running Python 2.3.3 on Gentoo 
linux. Wahoo...

I've been running Linux for almost a yr now and this proves to be a 
never-ending learning experience. I have absolutely no programming 
experience at all. Not even shell scripting. 

Right now I feel it little overwhelmed with all the documentation that I 
have. I'm sure that I'm not the only one that has felt this way. The 
frustrating part of my initial step towards learning Python is, almost 
all of the tutorials that I have seem to wiz through all of the 
concepts and symantics without reinforcing the newly learned concepts 
with exercises, exercises, exercises....examples, examples and then the 
examples explained. 

I'm finding myself jumping from book to book, tutorial to tutorial 
feeling like I'll find something eventually that will fit. This is why 
I'm asking for guidance. At this point I don't know if I'm being to 
anal retentive thinking that I need to understand every little thing I 
read, or that maybe there's a tutorial that I'm missing. Is there a 
proven structured path to Enlightenment??

I guess what I'm asking for is a suggestion of how a non-programmer can 
best progress from a non-programmer to starting to put these Python 
concepts to use. Do I just plow through a tutorial and goto the next 
eventually at some point slowly understanding?

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