[IAEP] [support-gang] Quick Question
cbigenho at hotmail.com
Sun Aug 7 00:51:07 EDT 2011
Thanks for the reference to "A Byte of Python." I had it downloaded on my computer... on the hard drive that had a fatal crash on the ferry from Montevideo to BsAs. I guess I had better download it again onto the new hard drive. It sounds like it has the info I need to get started.
I was hoping I could just use the Khan Academy videos to get a running start on Python. I figured since I used to be pretty good at programming in the old languages (Fortran, BASIC, and Pascal) that it would transfer easily to Python once I got all the terms and syntax down.
Then I ran into a wall... the need for an editor. I just need a simple, easy to install and use editor and everyone was very helpful in suggesting things, but none were what I would classify as easy to get started on. Oh well, I kept telling Adam there were no shortcuts to learning a language (Spanish), I guess this applies to computer languages too!
Yes, Christofer is pretty amazing. I didn't actually meet him when we were there, but I have followed his progress and accomplishments with interest.
Thanks again for the suggestion... now I'm going to download Byte of Python, then I guess I'll go for DrPython.
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2011 06:50:42 +0500
From: sebastian at somosazucar.org
To: cbigenho at hotmail.com
CC: support-gang at lists.laptop.org; iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org; quozl at laptop.org
Subject: Re: [IAEP] [support-gang] Quick Question
I was going to recommend DrPython and found this document, a chapter
of the book "A Byte of Python":
"Choosing an editor
Before we move on to writing Python programs in files, we
need an editor to write the 'source' files. The choice of an
editor is crucial. You have to choose an editor as you would
choose a car that you want to buy. A good editor will help
you write Python programs easily, making your journey more
comfortable and helps you reach your destination (achieve
your goal) in a much faster and safer manner.
One of the basic requirements of a good editor is syntax
highlighting where all the
different parts of your program are colorized so that you
can see your program and
visualize how it will run. This also means that you should
avoid Windows Notepad especially because it doesn't support
indentation. Indentation means neatly formatting the program
with the use of whitespace (spaces and tabs) at the
beginning of the line to make it easy to read the program.
We will soon learn why indentation is important in Python.
There are various development environments and many editors for Python available. In order
to keep things simple, I recommend using the DrPython development
environment. It is pronounced as doctor-python. It is
called a development environment since you can edit, run and
manage Python programs completely within DrPython. An
interesting note is that DrPython itself is written in
First, we shall install DrPython."
He proceeds with instructions to install on all three major
Incidentally, Christofer, the boy I think you and I met in
Montevideo, sugarized DrPython, so it works well with the XO
These uruguayan kids never cease to amaze me.
El 06/08/11 05:49, Caryl Bigenho escribió:
I must be doing something wrong:
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
NameError: name 'idle' is not defined
This is where I am in Terminal:
Python 2.7.2 (v2.7.2:8527427914a2, Jun 11 2011,
[GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Inc. build 5493)] on darwin
Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more
> Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 09:34:25 +1000
> From: quozl at laptop.org
> To: support-gang at lists.laptop.org
> CC: iaep at lists.sugarlabs.org
> Subject: Re: [support-gang] Quick Question
> In Terminal, type idle and press enter. You get Python's
> with a Python shell that you can type into as well.
> James Cameron
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