[Tutor] Which version to start with?
beachkid at insightbb.com
Tue Oct 6 14:59:03 CEST 2009
I am just starting on Python 2.6.2 on Ubuntu 9.04 and I am slightly
confused with the numerous tutorials and books available for learning
the language. Is there any good recommendation for a good but easy
tutorial on the Internet to learn Python?
wesley chun wrote:
> On Mon, Oct 5, 2009 at 2:24 PM, Nick Hird <nrhird at gmail.com> wrote:
>> What is the best version of python to start out with? I see some
>> discussions on the net about not going to 3.1 but staying with the 2.x
>> releases. But then i see that 3.1 is better if your just starting.
> greetings nick!
> ironically, i just gave a talk on this very subject yesterday afternoon(!)
> basically, if you're starting from scratch as a hobby with no
> pre-existing code, then learning 3.x is okay. however, since most of
> the world still runs on Python 2, most printed and online books and
> tutorials are still on Python 2, and the code at most companies using
> Python is still on version 2, i would recommended any release 2.6 (and
> newer). the reason is because 2.6 is the first release that has
> 3.x-specific features backported to it, so really, it's the first
> Python 2 release that lets you start coding against a 3.x interpreter.
> you can learn Python using 2.6+ then absorb the differences and move
> to Python 3.x quite easily.
> hope this helps!
> -- wesley
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