[Tutor] What books do you recommend?

Becky Mcquilling ladymcse2000 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 10 19:30:36 CET 2009

Good points.  I guess being as new as I am I'm not always sure of the
obvious way to do something or what I think is right, may not be an having
explained examples are best, particularly after I've spent time solving the

But others may not find this useful.  I admit that learning this stuff does
not come particularly easy to me, so I tend to need more hand holding than


On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 7:34 PM, Che M <pine508 at hotmail.com> wrote:

> > But the reason I ask this, is because there are SO many different
> approaches you could
> > take to a single problem,
> I guess that depends a lot on what sorts of problems you are thinking in
> terms of.  At least in many cases, perhaps one of the points of the Zen of
> Python is useful:
> "There should be one--and preferably only one--obvious way to do it."
> I myself have been trying to stick to that for now; to learn some standard
> ways to do certain things, to not reinvent the wheel but instead to use the
> standard library and modules to do what I need done (since someone already
> needed it done before and coded it well then).    Yes, gaining more
> flexibility in how you could approach something is also good, but for
> learning I have tried to establish a core of basic approaches first, and
> alternate approaches second.  I feel that if it works, it's readable,
> simple, and re-usable, I put it in the toolbox.
> > how do you know which is correct or why one is better than the
> > other?  You can dig yourself in to holes with more complex problems, and
> not understand
> > why.
> This list is one good resource for comparing notes on "correctness" of
> approach.  You'll see people ask if something is "Pythonic" or not, etc.
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