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Python Tutorial

AuthorGuido van Rossum Entered2001-03-07 18:02:41 by bcrowell
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SubjectQ.A - Mathematics. Computer science (programming languages)
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Python tutorial
by mfs on 2002-10-22 04:56:53, review #217
better than 95%
Those thinking about using the computer language Python should give it a try. In 30 years of almost full-time programming and in a dozen languages, I have found, with a few quibbles, Python to be the most agreeable and productive. Python isn't perfect, but even after two years of heavy use, I still have moments of sheer admiration for its elegance, expressibility, readability and lack of obsurity.

This is the introductory document for Python, prepared by the language developers. It tells beginning and experienced programmers what they need to know to start using Python quickly. It remains indispensible; I keep a copy on my desk along with a single-page list of the functions I use most frequently.

I don't rate this document quite as highly as the language, but it is superior to most introductions by language developers. It is refreshingly brief, to the point, without obvious ideology or attempts to be "cute". Read this introduction before downloading or buying a book on Python.

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