[Tutor] a quick Q: how to use for loop to read a series of files with .doc end

Prasad, Ramit ramit.prasad at jpmorgan.com
Fri Oct 7 18:33:53 CEST 2011

>what does the 
>        for col, ch in enumerate(line):

I highly recommend looking at web documentation when you can. It is not that I have any problems answering any questions, but I know I get frustrated when I am forced to learn things in 5 minute increments while waiting on people to respond. Reading the documentation will give a better idea of Python because there is *so* much more information there and the Python docs are actually quite well written.

Please read the following link and then ask us about any questions you have. http://docs.python.org/dev/library/functions.html#enumerate 

>but today I was also discouraged, I was told that you should not have learned python, you should focus on C or bash, or D, cause python is going to be obsolete, and I defensed that I saw lots people/apps using python, and it's always good to learn a language well, it's helpful for you to understand another language. I was further told that fortran is obsolete, but still lots of fortran guys using it.
>I don't know much, since I started and wanted to learn, actually I wish to hear some encouraging words, not some words discouraging, but on another hands, it's always good to have an open mind, so I want to hear your opinion and >perspective, I am not knowledgable about this.

Language choice is an often debated subject. People are always proclaiming that a certain language is the "best" and this list probably considers Python the "best". The truth is there is no "best" language! The "best" language (in my not-so-humble opinion) is the language that allows you to effectively, quickly, and easily solve a specific problem. Use the best tool (i.e. language) for the problem; just because you know how to use a hammer does not mean that you should use it for cooking! :)

As for encouraging words, well...that is not really something I am good at. When you get stuck or bogged down in frustration, remember that learning occurs most often by making mistakes first and then learning to avoid those mistakes.


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