[Madlug] Re: logs, mail, and ignorance...

DOT Postmaster dotpostmaster at dot.state.wi.us
Fri Mar 29 12:33:13 CST 2002

see also online book (.pdf or your choice..)


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Douglas Bates [mailto:bates at stat.wisc.edu]
> Sent: Thursday, March 28, 2002 10:00 AM
> To: Timm Murray
> Cc: madlug at madisonlinux.org
> Subject: Re: [Madlug] Re: logs, mail, and ignorance...
> "Timm Murray"<hardburn at runbox.com> writes:
> > <>
> > >  Any pointers on where to start to learn some programming of
> > > some sort?  
> > 
> > If you're new to programming, you might want to start with Python
> > (python.org). It is extremly easy to learn, but still remains
> > powerful.  The thing people really complain about is it's mandatory
> > whitespace, but that's not a big deal when you're learning.  Next,
> > move on to C and assembly.  From there, you should be able to pick
> > up any new language very quickly. Perl. Java. LISP. Whatever.
> I would second that recommendation.  Python is a clean but powerful
> language.  The fact that it is a clean language helps you to get
> started programming with a minimum of fuss.  The fact that it is
> powerful means that you can use it for a lot of programming tasks -
> you don't have to drop it in favor of "grown up" languages.  It also
> helps that it is an interpreted language because you can start
> experimenting with simple expressions right away.
> Notice that there is a "Python for Beginners" area in the
> documentation section of www.python.org.
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