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The problem: I've done reading (like on quora), and it seems lots of
beginners (and I know first-hand for me), and even for those that have done
4 years at university -- that they say they don't know how to build
something after all the theory and stuff. Even though I'm not going to be a
programmer, in the future, there may be something that would need
programming, so learning what's needed is a good thing. For example, I
thought you could just wave leapmotion.com and it just works, but it's
still 2013. On quora, they say that you need to code for it to actually do
things. Could someone who is good at it rank these sources (or provide a
good one) on how well they solve the problem?


http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/
http://girldevelopit.com/materials
https://developers.google.com/edu/python/
https://www.edx.org/courses/BerkeleyX/CS169.1x/
https://www.udacity.com/course/cs101
https://www.udacity.com/course/cs262
http://anh.cs.luc.edu/python/hands-on/3.1/handsonHtml/
https://www.khanacademy.org/cs/tutorials/programming-basics
http://www.codecademy.com/tracks/python
http://www.learnpython.org


I got rid of a whole bunch that I thought were really really bad like
http://en.wikibooks.org/wiki/Non-Programmer%27s_Tutorial_for_Python_2.6


Really bored really fast. I'm not sure what helpful things I'll like to
build anymore ='(


I'm not subscribed to the list anymore (can't keep up with it, and don't
understand anything). Please cc me :)
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  • Mark Janssen at Feb 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 2:08 AM, Claira wrote:
    The problem: I've done reading (like on quora), and it seems lots of
    beginners (and I know first-hand for me), and even for those that have done
    4 years at university -- that they say they don't know how to build
    something after all the theory and stuff. Even though I'm not going to be a
    programmer, in the future, there may be something that would need
    programming, so learning what's needed is a good thing. For example, I
    thought you could just wave leapmotion.com and it just works, but it's still
    2013. On quora, they say that you need to code for it to actually do things.
    Could someone who is good at it rank these sources (or provide a good one)
    on how well they solve the problem?

    Sorry, I'm not familiar with those sources, but I can tell that for
    tackling real-world problems see "Learning Python" by Mark Lutz. It's
    big and includes a lot of real-world examples. Slightly out-of-date,
    but hopefully a good resource for your needs....


    mark
    tacoma, wa
  • Mark Janssen at Feb 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm
    Sorry, I gave you the wrong book (a different Lutz book). The correct
    title is _Programming Python_, by Mark Lutz. It's like 1600 pages and
    is application focused.


    Cheers!
    mark
  • Philipp Hagemeister at Feb 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm
    I have never used that myself, but I have seeen plenty of stackoverflow
    and student questions about it. In short, it's horrible.


    The book mostly consists of basic Python programs, and beginners often
    fail to grasp even the most basic structures demonstrated, mainly
    because they're not explained. The book has some of the easy-to-approach
    informality of, say, the Head First ones, but fails to contain the the
    actual explanations for it.


    (And I have no idea why one would start with Python 2.x, given that
    everything's strange in there - instead of relying on the intuitive
    grasp that both "a" and "?" are single character strings, and that print
    is a function like any other, they have to work with a lot of magic and
    hand-waving)


    - Philipp


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