[Tutor] Python learning curve
kent37 at tds.net
Tue Mar 18 22:02:10 CET 2008
TFIA Consulting, Inc. wrote:
> Hi. I am doing some work for a company that uses Python for their
> I have never used Python before, but I have programmed for over 35
> years, maybe 12 languages including 4 assembly level.
> Your site says it should take just a "few days" to learn Python, so I
> told these folks to give me 12 days in case I was stupider than average.
> My question is : Who is right? A 'few days', or going thru the docs
> below? (which seems a *bit* more complex than that).
The docs you quote have little to do with learning Python the language.
They are instructions for *building* an application that "makes heavy
use of Python extensions" and which, apparently, is a bit tricky to
build correctly under Windows.
> Is this *REALLY* a "few days" task to learn?
Maybe. I wouldn't count on it.
> Would *you* agree to
> guarantee coming up to speed in a few days @ no charge?
I might agree to spend a few days learning the *language* at no charge.
I don't think I would agree to learn how to build their application at
What if it was a language you know, perhaps C, and they wanted you to
figure out how to build it on your own time? Doesn't seem reasonable to me.
> Here is their documentation on compiling :
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