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Author Topic: Best Advice for New Python Programmers  (Read 640 times)

CodeTRUCKER

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Best Advice for New Python Programmers
« on: January 23, 2019, 01:41 AM »
Hi,

Like the subject says, I am beginning to learn Python. I tried some years ago but got pretty sick and now that I seem to be doing much better I want to try again. I used to be a pretty good COBOL/DB2?CICS and VB4 programmer (read: dinosaur), so I can kind of grasp most of what's going on, but I've forgotten a bunch (probably more than I could relearn). Anyway, if anyone has any specific advice about Python or programming, in general, please share it with me. I know I have to get my own "bloody nose," but I don't want to reinvent the wheel if I can help it.

FYI - I am searching the Internet and other forums for tips, tricks and cautions too, but I like DC. I always have. :)

Thanks for reading,
Calvin

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Re: Best Advice for New Python Programmers
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2019, 05:03 AM »
  • Grab either Think Python by Downey or Automate the boring stuff with Python
  • Don't bother wasting time with Python2, pick Python3 since its the way forward
  • If you are on Windows, grab the Anaconda distribution
  • Use the standard library often, it is huge
  • Check out Awesome Python for 3rd party library recommendations

Deozaan

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Re: Best Advice for New Python Programmers
« Reply #2 on: January 24, 2019, 11:21 AM »
There are a number of Python books currently on sale for $5 on Packt.

I tried linking directly to the Python books, but they use characters in the URL that don't play nice with BBS formatting.

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Re: Best Advice for New Python Programmers
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2019, 11:32 AM »
Hello,

I read the above post(s) several hours ago and was reminded of a half-decade history of like responses to previous inquiries I have made here in "Cody's House," but was so overwhelmed with such incredible generosity of collegiate level material I was unable to pen any congruent thoughts and am struggling with getting this missive into text. I suspect it will be some days before I can get my wits aligned with the needed understanding. I just wanted to acknowledge your offerings and say thank you.

Take care,
Calvin

PS - I am aware I have a number of other projects I started with the studious assistance here. I have had to overcome some health interruptions. Life goes on and takes us in ways we cannot anticipate. I can't promise I will be able to bring the varied initiatives to fruition in any near term, but I do intend to keep trying.
 

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Re: Best Advice for New Python Programmers
« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2019, 08:51 AM »
CodeTRUCKER, you may also want to investigate IronPython. It leverages the .NET framework.

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Re: Best Advice for New Python Programmers
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2019, 05:11 PM »
Some Python programming ebooks are offered freely at https://www.packtpub...offers/free-learning