Re: book advice

Discussion in 'Python' started by Dave Angel, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. Dave Angel

    Dave Angel Guest

    On 03/01/2013 03:59 PM, leonardo selmi wrote:
    > hi
    > is there anyone can suggest me a good book to learn python? i read many but there is always something unclear or examples which give me errors.
    > how can I start building a sound educational background
    > thanks for any help
    > best regards

    The question isn't even clear. You should explain that Python is your
    first programming language, and you should also tell us what version of
    Python you're trying to use, and on what OS. Your first tutorial MUST
    be oriented to match both of these, or you're going to have too much
    trouble with compatibilities to learn much.

    Say you're using a particular tutorial, and you have successfully done
    each of the samples, and understand how they worked.

    If you then come across a sample which gives you errors, why not post
    them here, and ask for help. As often as not, it's a typo when you
    copied the example, or it's a version mismatch.

    Likewise, if you then find something that's unclear, there are really
    only three possibilities: 1) the author blew it, either by poor
    explanation or by using concepts not previously explained properly 2)
    you didn't understand one of the earlier concepts, or 3) you're going at
    too fast a pace for your abilities. (That's not a knock on your
    abilities, we all run at a different pace while first learning than we
    do when we're acclimated to a topic)

    When I come across unclear explanation, and I want to understand it, I
    stop after a couple of passes through the explanation, and try some
    stuff. Either the exercises in the same tutorial, or just some related
    things that let me get a handle on things. Once I can express the
    unclarity in a small sample program, it's the perfect time to post it
    here, and ask why it works the way it does (or doesn't).

    If you stick to common parts of the standard library, you'll probably
    find the mailing list to be easier to get help at. I
    read both, and respond where I can.

    Dave Angel, Mar 2, 2013
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