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Old 01-04-2013, 20:35
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I was considering learning a programming language and like the look of python.
Anyone here use it? what are your thoughts on it as starting point for programming?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 01-04-2013, 20:58
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If you're new to programming your choice should depend on what you want to achieve with it.
Writing games, apps, web servers web pages all use different languages. Python i more of a scripting language. Good for file and text manipulation and backend web development.
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Old 01-04-2013, 21:04
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I would ideally like to learn Apps and small software programs.
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Old 01-04-2013, 21:09
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I would ideally like to learn Apps and small software programs.
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Apps on what? Apps are just applications which is all software. What type of "App"?
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Old 01-04-2013, 21:30
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If its apps for the iphone get out your cheque book and buy an apple computer and send a large slab of money to apple to become a developer, then you'll need to submit your app to apple who'll take 30% of your profits then you'll need to pay tax on any profits

And learning to code is more than just hitting a few keys and uploading a virus to the mothership, its a logical process which normally starts with some paper and a quick writing down of what you want it to do as an hour working out on paper will probably save you days rewriting code or adding features that you wonder how the hell you missed it when you first started

and when writing it do put comments in the code as just because you know what some code does today doesn't mean you'll remember the exact reason in 2-3 months when you need to alter that segment and cant think why you did what you did
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Old 01-04-2013, 21:48
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Python is very powerful for text manipulation, regular expressions and such. But the result is hardly anything spectacular. If you want to create programmes that have a nice user interface and do something you need to look somewhere else. Have a look at C#, C++, Java. Personally I'd recommend C# either with WPF or Winforms. You can draw UI visually and then bind actions to controls. Also you get Microsoft Visual Studio Express which is for free. It's one of the best if not the best development environment out there. But there's a long way from mastering a programming language, then a particular framework to writing meaningful applications.
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Old 01-04-2013, 21:51
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If its apps for the iphone ...
Objective C, I would not wish it on my worst enemy The syntax is like nothing else out there.
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Old 01-04-2013, 21:58
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Objective C, I would not wish it on my worst enemy The syntax is like nothing else out there.
It certainly is like nothing out there! Even Lisp is closer than objective c++
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