Thursday, October 27, 2005

Something completely different...

I really must try to get back to learning Python.

I've tried to learn other languages in the past, but never gotten anywhere. Python is the first one I've ever read howto's and so forth, understood them, and been able to apply them to write simple code.

So I got an O'Reilly book on it, to try and learn enough to be able to write a few apps.

I did great for the first few chapters, but then it started getting harder, and I needed to invest more time & energy, so it kind of petered out.

But I keep coming across things that I want to do, and knowing that I could do them if only I could actually write code. For instance, I have a bunch of data I want to process at work. I know exactly how to do everything: What objects I'd need, what logic, etc. The thing is, I don't know how to translate it into actual code. And it's getting frustrating. I keep finding new and interesting things that I'd like to try. But I can't.

So I've 'borrowed' a pad from the stationary cupboard, and I'm going to go back over the book, make notes, do examples, and do my best to learn the language. I'm sick of being a non-coder.

I have a bit of diving kit that I want to code an interface for - the manufacturers supply a guide for it, so it should be easy enough. And I want to do some Window Manager stuff - I've even discovered there's projects out there to have WMs entirely based on Python. How cool would that be? Even FVWM can't match the customisability that writing my own WM could bring.

I've got to get back into it. I really have.


titanium said...

It is so satifying to look at some code (even if it isn't your lang) and be able to interpret it- good luck in moving from the ranks of the non-coders. You just need to really push past the barrier- once you have it clicked, its really easy to learn more. Have fun!

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