[thelist] Python: Basic Startup Kit Recommendations?

Jose Hurtado jlhurtado at gmail.com
Mon Aug 14 10:33:43 CDT 2006


Too many questions... but interesting subject, Python is indeed powerful.

A word of advice, if you want to develop desktop, executable applications go
ahead, Python is worth the effort, be prepared for a lot of work though
WxWindows seem to be one of the best options for that.

If however you are into web applications, take a good hard look at Ruby on
Rails, it is an amazing framework, and truly geared towards web

For Python beginner stuff check out these links:

Dive into Python - Free beginner to intermediate

Very good beginner intro for Python

About the frameworks, well there are too many, that is the main problem with
Python, a lot of everything, I suggest you take them for a spin, read, email
the Python list... do your homework, no silver bullets yet that I know of in
Python land, however a very cool project is this one:


Jose L. Hurtado
Web Designer / IT Professional <http://www.trumpetdesign.ca>
Toronto, Canada

On 8/14/06, Frank <lists at frankmarion.com> wrote:
> I'm pretty well of a mind to pick up Python. This is my first day of
> investigation, and I'm astounded by the huge ecosystem that surrounds it.
> I
> have a number of questions that probably should be on a FAQ, but I haven't
> found them. I'll explain my goals and needs, perhaps someone here will
> have
> some recommendations
> 1) I want to write high-level apps that are cross-platform: Linux, Mac,
> Windows.  I know there are apps that can convert to Linux or Windows as
> stand-alone executables, is there also one that will permit me to convert
> to MacOSX?
> 2) I want a real and native GUI. wxPython or PyQT? My concerns are about
> cross-platform, responsiveness of GUI. I suspect that this will be one of
> the gravest issues for the long run.
> 3) Can someone recommend a good framework that will enable me to keep
> things well sorted out, and easy to maintain as my apps grow? (I'm
> considering MVC, but have no idea how to apply it).
> 4)  There are a lot of books and tutorials out there, but they are of the
> proof-of-concept type. Specifically, a tutorial might teach me Hello
> World,
> but not really care about the framework, because it's a very simple item,
> and the point is simply to get me coding. I'd like to start off with a
> reputable system whose habits I can ingrain from day one, rather than
> figure it out later. Can someone recommend a good book, or your favourite
> tutorials? Perhaps even one that assumes MVC as the framework?
> 5) Following the above, is there a framework that assumes tcp/ip udp
> networking, database connectivity? My first app will be in large part a
> networkable database type app where two or more users can share the same
> file concurrently.
> 6)  Since I've been a web-developer for a long time, I never properly
> learned OOP. Recommended tutorials?
> 7)  Finally, what is your favourite IDE? I'm considering theKompany.com's
> BlackAdder, Komodo or Eclipse.
> Thanks.
> Frank Marion     lists at frankmarion.com      Keep the signal high.
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