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Shall I learn python?

ExtrasolarExtrasolar Posts: 79Member
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Hey. I'm teaching myself C / C++ at the moment. I'm using a Win32 based box. It's not difficult but not having a big incentive driving me it is a fairly hard language.

Just wondering if learning Python would be beneficial to me. Can it be used to write Win32 apps and such? What sort of things can I expect to be able to do with it? Can it be used in any sort of capacity on the internet? Should I just learn it for the sake of it?

Cheers
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  • infidelinfidel Posts: 2,900Member
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    : Hey. I'm teaching myself C / C++ at the moment. I'm using a Win32 based box. It's not difficult but not having a big incentive driving me it is a fairly hard language.
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    : Just wondering if learning Python would be beneficial to me. Can it be used to write Win32 apps and such? What sort of things can I expect to be able to do with it? Can it be used in any sort of capacity on the internet? Should I just learn it for the sake of it?
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    : Cheers
    : [/purple]

    In my opinion, learning almost any language would be beneficial. Python is especially fun to use because it is so high-level and it hides so much of the arcane issues of programming behind a beautiful syntax. There are libraries available that allow Python to interface with the win32 api, and there are graphics toolkits that allow you to create windows and buttons, etc. You can do practically anything in Python. Python is a fabulous language for the internet and it comes with an extensive library of modules that give you access to all the standard internet protocols. If you like collecting programming books (and spending 30-50 dollars for each one), I recommend "Practical Python" by Magnus Lie Hetland. If you just want a taste, the Python installation package comes with great documentation and a tutorial that will get you up to speed very quickly. I also check this board relatively frequently for questions.


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