If you're new to
Python, you're in for a surprise - no powerful computer language should
be so easy to learn...or so much fun! There are numerous sites which
offer graded tutorials. The following are available for free download
and are a good place to start.
to think like a computer scientist
is a reasonably gentle introduction. It is available both for reading
online and in a downloadable format. If you're familiar with another
Download first edition from : http://www.greenteapress.com/thinkpython/thinkCSpy/
The 2nd Edition is available on-line at http://openbookproject.net/thinkCSpy/index.html
into python moves a bit faster
and deals with things in more depth.
Download from : http://www.diveintopython.org/
If you're using a
Macintosh OSX machine, there is a Python interpreter installed already,
so you can use this experiment with Python directly, before the need to
download anything. Later you can download the Python usd for SoniPy,
but to get started, you can use the one that there already:
* Open a terminal window by double-clicking on
* Then type 'python' when the prompt appears.
(The unix prompt is the "%" in the example, below).
You shoould see something like this:
Python 2.3.5 (#1, Jan 13 2006, 20:13:11)
[GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 5250)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
>>> print "hello world"
For more advanced
users, there is a full tutorial by the author of Python, Guido van
Rossum, who is still actively involved it its development.
Quick Reference Guides
New Mexico Tech has useful Quick Reference Guides in html and as PDFs for Python and for PIL (the Python Image Library)
to think like a computer scientist http://www.greenteapress.com/thinkpython/thinkCSpy/
into python http://www.diveintopython.org/
- Guido van
Rossum's Python tutorial http://docs.python.org/tut/
- Quick Reference guides http://infohost.nmt.edu/tcc/help/pubs/lang.html