November 3rd, 2003, 11:12 AM
dummies programming book
Can anyone recommend book thats similar to a "programming for dummies book"
for kids or someone with no programming knowledge
November 3rd, 2003, 12:28 PM
November 3rd, 2003, 03:45 PM
Books wise i'd think that sams Teach yourself Python in 24 hours would be a good bet..
I havn't actually read this one but if any of there other books are anything to go by then! The first programming book i read was sams teach yourself perl in 24 hours and i'm definatly a big fan of their whole teach yourself range (the ones i've read).. generally they start off very basic and explaine things in an easy/fun way then move up to more complex things..
Note: just because i liked them doesn't mean you will and theres not garentee sams Teach yourself Python in 24 hours will be anything like its brothers and sisters!
November 3rd, 2003, 04:39 PM
I found this review on Amazon.co.uk, hope you find it interesting.
November 3rd, 2003, 05:06 PM
The Sams teach yourself... book is a bit outdated now, it covers version 1.5.2, and many things have changed since then. I have read that book myself, and think it's "ok, but not great".
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner is probably a better choice. One of the newest Python books, and targeted at complete beginners.
November 3rd, 2003, 05:56 PM
You'd think they would tell you these things in the books description , Learning Python from O'really did the same thing, it's just so dangerously outdated!
Python Programming for the Absolute Beginner does look pretty cool though
November 4th, 2003, 01:28 PM
don't forget to play with IDLE while you're reading
November 4th, 2003, 07:05 PM
The new "Learning Python" is coming to a bookstore near you sometime soon, if they don't keep pushing the publication date (14 jan was the last I saw).
I think a previous thread concluded that there are problems with the Windows version of IDLE (possibly a Tk issue), but there are alternatives. I use Jedit now.
Last edited by ilves; November 4th, 2003 at 07:07 PM.
November 5th, 2003, 06:57 AM
I havn't had any real problems with IDLE, i wouldn't use if for large programs but for interacting with the Python shell it's a nice app.. of course the shell itself is very usefull if you dont like IDLE!
I'm using CodeGenie + a syntax file i wrote for Python 2.3 which has updated highlighting for keywords, types, operators and builtin-functions (new). i've tried Jedit but i really dislike Java so it was a short relationship on both parts