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#1 Zauc3

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 01:25 PM

So I am very interested to get into programming and after doing some research, it looks like python wins. Would having a MacBook Pro be a problem? If not, where may I download this? Also, which book(s) do you guys highly recommend for a pure beginner? Any Dummy books? Thanks!



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Posted 20 June 2013 - 05:24 AM

I learned a little python to use the in Blender Game engine.   Probably not what you want it it for, but,  maybe this will help you.

I found a series of video tutorials by Goran Milovanovic
at http://www.nilunder.com/ to be very helpful.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDFB7FFF90EE6F0C1

Also there is a book called "A Byte Of Python" that is available as a PDF download that also helped.

http://www.ibiblio.org/g2swap/byteofpython/files/120/byteofpython_120.pdf

I use a Macbook so no problems there.

http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/Download
 


Edited by 12x48y, 20 June 2013 - 05:26 AM.


#3 DarkSnake-Kobra

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Posted 25 June 2013 - 07:56 PM

Hi

 

There offical Python binaries for MAC on their website.

 

http://python.org/download/

 

For a beginner I might recommend taking a look at the documentation. This is the book I use.

 

http://www.dummies.com/store/product/Python-For-Dummies.productCd-0471778648.html

 

It's for Python 2.5, but they don't have a 3.x series book yet. Most open-source python projects aren't developed for 3.x yet so I don't recommend it. Personally, I haven't really liked Python. It's very strict when it comes down to formating and forces you to format your code exactly how it wants. Even 1 out of place space or tab can cause your script to fail and spend hours looking for the problem.



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Posted 26 June 2013 - 06:24 AM

Python for dummies, LOL  That's exactly what I need.  Thanks Kobra.  :)

The white space isn't really a problem for me, but then I only use Python for Blender, so I don't use it much. And Blenders console is very good at explaining errors.   Still,  the difference between Python 2.5 and 3.x is rather difficult for me.    

"Python 3.x for Dummies"  would be most welcome.  :)
 






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