Python is a scripting language written by Guido van Rossom.
The name actually refers to Monty Python, the charmingly irreverent and absurdist comedy troupe, as opposed to venomous snake.
- Charming Pythonistas, an article about why Python makes a good learning language, and in particular considers the underrepresentation of female programmers
Has been used in the course as a textbook
A nice quick intro to programming with Python as the specific language.
Another good, free, resource, by Mark Pilgrim
Interesting discussion about the merits of Python as a learning language, and the "gender gap" in programming
- A Python "Cheat Sheet" -- hmmm, might it not be a good project to be able to generate your own "cheat sheets"?
Useful Add-ons (Libraries)
- PythonImageLibrary (PIL)
Applications that use/support Python plugins/extensions
- GIMP has GIMP-python to allow python plugins
- Inkscape can use any language scripts, including Python, as filters (or "effects")
- Blender has an embedded Python interpreter
- Dia via a python plugin
- Scribus has a scripting API that uses Python
Visualisations of python code
- Syntax: Showing a parse tree: https://vpyast.appspot.com/ code
- Execution frames also same thing?
Saving Python code in the wiki
You can insert Python code in a wiki page with syntax highlighting in this way:
So for example:
<source lang="python"> print("Enter your name:") x = input() # waiting for input print("Hello, " + x) </source>
print("Enter your name:") x = input() # waiting for input print("Hello, " + x)