Re: [PhillyPUG] Beginner!

From: Ian C.
Sent on: Sunday, June 16, 2013 10:06 AM
DIY Approach, with references below:

Start at the shallow end of the pool
   get the fundamentals down: constructs, lists, dictionaries
   get your environment set up  start with python 2
       over 80% of what is on the web is python2   
   write some simple programs
Move into the middle of the pool
   pick a more complicated program to code
   like write a game to play blackjack, with seven decks  
   now learn about class and objects
   get involved in a user group

Finally The Diving Board at the deep end of the pool
   this is where you really wanted to be all along

Free learning sites:  (only some there are more) 
------------------------------------------- <-- the interface is annoying
    and I spent as much time figuring that out then

I find the info, sparse, I need an example snippet of code

I downloaded Hands-onPythonTutorial.pdf  from somewhere
and I think I looked at it once.

I think the best way to learn is by doing:
pick  a really tough project,  most of my answers come from

      google python 2 <my problem de'jour>

google this:  python 2 add item to dictionary 

9 times out of ten the best answer is on stack_exchange

Dive into Python <-- don't have it but like the approach
 bits of this are avail online

My alltime favorite:   Hello Python, by Anthony Briggs

From: Stacie Leap <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Tuesday, June 11,[masked]:42 PM
Subject: [PhillyPUG] Beginner!

Hello everybody!

I probably posted in here once way back when. I am VERY new into programming. 

I taught myself HTML, CSS and a little Javascript when I was a teenager through various webpage designing social networking sites. (I am 24 now). 

It was moreso a hobby and interest of mine, now I work in the AmeriCorps program as a Digital Service Fellow providing IT and other computer/technology needs to the staff, parents, and students of the School District of Philadelphia and Communities in Schools of Philadelphia. 

I want to know more about the other programming languages and stumbled upon Python way back and this meetup. I never really invested time into it because of my hectic schedule but now I want to put more effort into learning. 

Are there any websites, books, videos, etc (preferably free or easily accessibly through the free library) where I can get a headstart?

Stacie Leap
[address removed]

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