[Tutor] Best way of learning

Remco Gerlich remco at gerlich.nl
Thu Dec 6 10:15:02 CET 2007

On Dec 5, 2007 11:43 PM, andy <geek_show at dsl.pipex.com> wrote:

> So, after this long-winded introduction, I was hoping to pick the wisdom
> of this list to get some pointers of what to do/not to do to make the
> most effective use of the few hours I have to learn how to program using
> Python. So, any advice for someone in their mid-40s who would like to
> learn Python in a more methodical and effective manner?

In my opinion, the best way to learn _anything_ is to try to do it, and then
look around for tips every now and then in the mean time. You'll connect
much more easily with the information when it's something you've recently
struggled with. And practice is the most important part of any learning

So, what do you want to do with Python? Any other hobbies you can connect it
with? Perhaps ideas for a dynamic web site or something?

In my experience, learning something just for abstract knowledge can be fun
for a while, but it's hard to stay committed. And there's nothing wrong with
that, there's only so many hours in a day, and the things you actually use
in life should probably take precedence :-)

So if you've written small tools, feel like expanding them? Used modules in
them that you don't entirely understand yet, perhaps dive into their docs?

Perhaps the Python Challenge ( http://www.pythonchallenge.com/ ) is
something for you? It's at least sideways a little into the hacking spirit,
it's fun, and it's a tour of what Python can do - but you'll have to find
the way yourself :-)

Remco Gerlich
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