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skripy 03-25-2009 12:41 PM

learning python
I would like to learn python, could anybody give me a place for a easy tutorial?

H_TeXMeX_H 03-25-2009 12:59 PM

Here's a reasonably easy one:

darenw 03-27-2009 10:13 PM

Be sure to find literature on Python 2.5, 2.6 or so, not for 3.0 which is new and different enough (not backward compatible) to keep a n00b confused, and is not widely in use - yet.

Two excellent books:

The Quick Python Book, Daryl Harms and Kenneth McDonald, publ. by Manning. Somewhat out of date not having certain glamorous new features, e.g list comprehensions, but a great enjoyable book to get started.

Learning Python, Mark Lutz is a classic, publ. by O'Reilly.

Official standard tutorial, arguably the best place to start:

There may be useful tutorials here (i haven't been there lately):
You can find tutorials and easy-going examples on any particular part of the Python language, for example on strings see, for numbercrunching use numpy (or scipy) explained at, and plotting data use matplotlib, etc....

Also, "Dive Into Python" at, if you are already a programmer knowing a few languages but new to just Python; this is a classic for that audience.

After mastering beginner level stuff, go explore Software Carpentry at

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