[Tutor] total beginner stuff

Toby toby.pas at gmail.com
Fri Feb 15 20:44:49 CET 2008

I've been doing the tutorials online and learning on my own for less than a
week (not sure if I'll get blasted for posting questions this soon or not
but here goes):



I've tried to do some of the online tutorials but they are ALL similar and
quickly bypass very basic questions that I'm having difficulty getting past.
First off they all want you into interactive mode quickly and it took some
time for me to realize why. once I tried using files created in text editors
to run code nothing worked!  I've run across some tutorials that use for
example input() which for whatever reason isn't built into the language???
It just errors out on me and when I remove the input() function it works,
well not really works but it doesn't error out on me anymore.  There were
others like math (which I realized you have to import from somewhere else,
still no clue where unless it just works because it does) but this is really
causing me a lot of headaches because clearly I missed something pretty


Is there some files or libraries that I need to download and do a from
whatever import *  in order to use a lot of what you guys would consider
basic functions?



Again, blast me if you wish but please do point me to the correct place to
take care of this issue as I'm really interested in learning python but I
have as yet to find somewhere that explains this seemingly simple step (I've
even tried using idle in hopes it would magically import everything I need,
and currently am downloading eclipse with the pydev plug-in from







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