[Courses] [python] Python course directions

Leslie leslie.brothers at verizon.net
Sun Jul 31 13:58:03 UTC 2011

Hi, Jim.
	Reading your suggestions for next steps in python, I thought I'd
mention something about the "basic intro to creating a little app with a
GUI".  The Linux Format magazine has a recent tutorial (August 2011,
Coding Academy) which shows how to import and use pygtk to do some basic
GUI operations like making windows and putting things in them.  For a
beginner like myself, it is clear enough and I'd recommend it to others.


On Fri, 2011-07-29 at 14:46 -0700, jim wrote:
>     After objects/classes (should be at least a couple or 
> three lessons, seems to me): 
> * introspection and dir() and help() and such 
> * how to incorporate third-party modules and packages and 
> tools into our programs and toolsets (PYTHONPATH, if __main__ 
> or not, easy-install and setup.py and eggs.... 
> * a real basic intro to creating a little app with a GUI 
> (graphical user interface). 
>     I've found that the above are conceptually pretty 
> simple and really helpful soon after someone can write 
> a python program. 
> On Fri, 2011-07-29 at 13:51 -0700, Akkana Peck wrote:
> > I'm still working on Lesson 7 (on object-oriented programming) and
> > hope I'll have ready to post it later today.  But I'm running out of
> > topics and homework ideas, and we've covered most of the basics of
> > the language now.  So I'm thinking Lesson 7 will be the last formal
> > lesson in the course.
> > 
> > However, I have a bunch of tips and tricks that didn't fit into any
> > of the lessons, and suggestions for useful Python packages you can
> > use to build amazing scripts. So I'm planning to post a few less-formal
> > "tips and tricks" lessons after lesson 7.
> > 
> > So now and over the next few weeks is a good time for questions and
> > discussions:  Is there anything you wish I'd covered?  Anything that
> > confuses you when you try to read existing Python code?  Any Python
> > packages you'd like to learn how to use?  Programs you'd love to try
> > writing and you're wondering how you'd go about it, or if there's a
> > Python package that would help? If there are particular topics
> > people want to see, I'll tailor my tips accordingly.
> > 
> > 	...Akkana
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