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New to Python

Posted 25 March 2011 - 08:36 PM

Hey, I'm new to Python and Ive been wondering what I can expect or some friendly advice.
I got a book for Christmas and I havent got around to reading it quite yet(due to School).

What are some common IDE's or compilers I can use with notepad ++?

Ive studied C/C++, Java and PHP so far.
Any friendly advice or great sources would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance ^^

~Syn

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Re: New to Python

Posted 25 March 2011 - 08:56 PM

For Python, all you need is a text editor like Notepad++, but there are IDE's like IDLE (standard), Geany, and Eric IDE. Then, just download Python and run it. Technically, there is no need to pre-compile the files at all.
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Re: New to Python

Posted 26 March 2011 - 02:52 AM

You could also try the portable version of python, the latest version is portablepythonv1.1py3.0.1 get it hereDownload here As per books you can try dive into python, even now there is "dive into python 3" Also you could try searching python programming language on wikibooks.org, the book there is very good and even some chapters are used by MIT, then another very simple to use book is "Think Python, How to think like a computer scientist" but the only thing is that this book was written for python 2.x so the codes might not work if you are using python3.x, even though the change is minimal, just read up on it, I just started python too, and I'm enjoying it.
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Re: New to Python

Posted 26 March 2011 - 02:27 PM

I would like to use programmer's note pad if I can(just like the familiarity).

The portable one seems interesting, ill try that.
I have this book

Ive had books like these, so far there a pretty good reference.
For java I had a Head First to Java book and thought it was a great read to put things into perspective. I was thinking about getting one for Python as well. I never heard of dive into python book id like to look into that as well.

This is really great help guys, I really appreciate it! ^^

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Re: New to Python

Posted 26 March 2011 - 03:54 PM

I liked Python, Although I switched from python to more industry standard programming languages. Python is a great way to introduce yourself to the logic and ways of coding. Coding didn't catch till i started to code in Python.
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Re: New to Python

Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:02 PM

View PostSianide, on 26 March 2011 - 03:54 PM, said:

I liked Python, Although I switched from python to more industry standard programming languages. Python is a great way to introduce yourself to the logic and ways of coding. Coding didn't catch till i started to code in Python.



What are those more industry standard programming languages if you don't mind me asking?
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Re: New to Python

Posted 26 March 2011 - 05:10 PM

Jobs are far more plentiful in C++, C#, and Java than in Python. I started with Python way back with version 1.4, before nearly anyone even knew about it, as the server platform in my first job in this field was written in Python (but was ported to C++ after the proof-of-concept). Now I write some scripts/utilities in Python from time-to-time (much to the chagrin of my boss, although he's coming around).
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Re: New to Python

Posted 26 March 2011 - 06:45 PM

I have been told that C++ and C# Are more standard programming. Not saying there's anything wrong with the power of any other language.
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Re: New to Python

Posted 28 March 2011 - 06:28 AM

Finding a Python job is very difficult. It's far easier to get into a company, then show them that Python could improve things there.

As for portable Python... there's really no benefit to using it instead of a regular version unless you have a specific reason to use it.

An excellent resource I've seen for learning Python in conjunction with computer science are the MIT lectures on youtube.
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Re: New to Python

Posted 28 March 2011 - 08:15 AM

Yup, MIT...I think that's the reason that server was originally written in Python. Worked with several MIT grads at that job (it was, after all, in Cambridge, MA).

Some of those people I worked with there -- real smart guys obviously -- are the guys behind kayak.com.
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Re: New to Python

Posted 03 April 2011 - 09:17 AM

View Postatraub, on 28 March 2011 - 06:28 AM, said:

An excellent resource I've seen for learning Python in conjunction with computer science are the MIT lectures on youtube.


Yeah, the full course is available at MIT OpenCourseWare:
http://ocw.mit.edu/c...ming-fall-2008/
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Re: New to Python

Posted 05 April 2011 - 02:33 PM

I'm liking the google classroom for python learning also, good examples and instruction along with videos
Google Python Class
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