Ten Things I Learned About Python This Week

  1. The introductory book – Learning Python, by Mark Lutz – is over 1000 pages!
  2. I picked up enough to “get going” after reading less than 15% of the book. πŸ™‚
  3. It’s more than just “that language where whitespace is significant”.
  4. Typing “dir(s)” and then “help(s)” (where “s” is a string) is WAY better than Intellisense or F1 in Visual Studio.
  5. It’s easy to compile Python code to a Windows executable.
  6. There’s something very freeing about being able to use either single or double quotes.
  7. I don’t think I’m going to use shelving, I don’t yet comprehend comprehensions, and it seems like interfaces are called protocols.
  8. Tuple?
  9. I’m really diggin’ this interactive language environment.
  10. I can already see how things like array manipulation and file reading could be done in WAY less code than C#, and I’m guessing that usually turns out to be a good thing?

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