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Beginning Python - any good?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:41 am
by shifty1966
I'm a complete novice to programming, which is why I bought my Raspberry Pi. Reviews I've read suggest this is better than Python for Dummies, but how useful (or simple) is it for a complete beginner?

http://www.waterstones.com/waterstonesw ... n/6131906/

Would appreciate any advice.

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:50 am
by Cloudcentric

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:30 am
by shifty1966
Thanks, just bought Raspberry Pi - An Easy Guide to Computing. Looks worthwhile to go through that before trying the one specifically about Python.

Still got a little of the Pi user guide left to work through too

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:23 pm
by rurwin
The book I always recommend is Python For Informatics by Charles Severance. It has the advantage that it is free.

It has a very gentle start, assuming no previous knowledge of programming. It is based on "Think Python: How to Think like a Computer Scientist" by Allen B. Downey which is also free and well received, but one of the changes was to introduce the gentle start.

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:54 pm
by shifty1966
rurwin wrote:The book I always recommend is Python For Informatics by Charles Severance. It has the advantage that it is free.

It has a very gentle start, assuming no previous knowledge of programming. It is based on "Think Python: How to Think like a Computer Scientist" by Allen B. Downey which is also free and well received, but one of the changes was to introduce the gentle start.
Do you know if these are available for Kindle?

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:09 pm
by albatros
Hi,

you can download a pdf here and use it as i or convert it with calibre:
http://www.py4inf.com/book.php

hth

albatros

Edit: thanks a lot to rurwin for this hint!

Re: Beginning Python - any good?

Posted: Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:52 pm
by shifty1966
Thanks for the tips guys.

I only got my Pi at Christmas, and have already found this forum really helpful on a couple of occasions. Awesome community! :D