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prophet621 05-18-2003 09:42 PM

Is Python a good language to learn for a newbie to programming?
 
I had always wanted to learn some programming (other than a simple course in qbasic 8 years ago) and C and C++ seem a bit confusing for a beginner, I expected it would be. Java just doesn't seem very interesting to me. So I started to look into other languages and had run across Python. From what I've read about it, it seems to be much easier than many of the other languages. Seems to make a bit more sence, even to a newbie.

Is it a good language to start with?

Is it much more limited than many of the other languages?

I want to start with something simple but also something that is at least somewhat practical.

Any opinions?

rch 05-19-2003 01:03 AM

Re: Is Python a good language to learn for a newbie to programming?
 
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Originally posted by prophet621
I had always wanted to learn some programming (other than a simple course in qbasic 8 years ago) and C and C++ seem a bit confusing for a beginner, I expected it would be. Java just doesn't seem very interesting to me. So I started to look into other languages and had run across Python. From what I've read about it, it seems to be much easier than many of the other languages. Seems to make a bit more sence, even to a newbie.

Is it a good language to start with?

Is it much more limited than many of the other languages?

I want to start with something simple but also something that is at least somewhat practical.

Any opinions?

Python is a VHLL (Very High Level Language) and a OOP(Object Oriented Programming Language.
It has many plus points and I think that starting with python or not depends upon you rather than anybody else.
Unfortunately it is not used for many tasks(such as system programming).
It is a easy language to learn.
The python tuturial is a place to start.
There is a small program in the tutorial which generates fibonacci number and a challenge is presented to program the same in c,java
(not in perl) shorter.Check that out.
The place to start is
http://www.python.org/doc/Newbies.html
Linux Journal carried a good article on python
http://www.linuxjournal.com/article.php?sid=3946

dogn00dles 05-19-2003 03:48 PM

I started out with python, but for whatever reason found C++ to be a lot easier. For some reason the loops confused me. Maybe you should give the tutorials at cpluscplus.com a try? "teach yourself c++ in 21 days" is great, you can get it online (i think it's out of print...).


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