This is a micro-site to direct new users to hand-picked Python resources so they can figure out what Python is and how to learn it.
- Site must have an attractive and text-light design. * To this end, no list will have more than 5-6 items.
- Site must either not require much ongoing maintenance, or must be maintable in some collective way (a CMS; a wiki; etc.).
- Completeness: it's impossible to link to everything.
- How Python is developed: this microsite is aimed at beginners, who don't need that sort of information)
Notes on Content
Top page will feature:
- Large headings, w/ an icon that will be re-used on the sub-pages.
- The subhead from each page.
The sub-page will contain the title and the expanded content below.
What is Python? : Python is an easy-to-learn but powerful programming language, available as open source. (more)
Learning More : Find books, videos, and online documentation for Python. (more)
Try Python : Download Python for your computer, check whether it's already part of your system, or even try it on the web. (more)
Tools for Python Development : Powerful development environments and editors help you write and debug Python code.
Finding Libraries : Explore the thousands of add-on libraries available for Python. (more)
Joining the Community : Connect to other Python users on the web, at local user groups, and at conferences. (more)
What is Python?
Subhead: Python is an easy-to-learn but powerful programming language, available as open source. (more)
- Object-oriented programming language.
- Clear, readable syntax.
- Includes an extensive standard library
- Many extensions and libraries available.
- Free software.
Some applications that use Python are:
- Django: "The Web framework for perfectionists with deadlines."
- Blender: 3D content creation suite.
- SciPy: Library of scientific tools.
- Roundup and Trac for bug tracking and project management.
Some companies and organizations that use Python are: (partial listing of PSF members)
- CCP Games
- Hewlett-Packard (Opsware, Tabblo)
- Red Hat (XXX or Ubuntu? or both?)
- Read our collection of Python success stories.
Subhead: Find books, videos, and online documentation for Python. (more)
Learn Python by reading:
- Online documentation at python.org. Start with the Python tutorial.
- Learning Python (on Google Books, Programming Python (on Google Books), by Mark Lutz; published by O'Reilly Media.
- Core Python Programming (on Google Books), by Wesley Chun; published by Prentice Hall.
- Python Essential Reference (on Google Books), by David Beazley; published by New Riders.
Or, learn Python by watching:
Take a Python course:
- Lutz, Beazley, Chun.
- link to wiki list
Subhead: Download Python for your computer, check whether it's already part of your system, or even try it on the web. (more)
Is Python already installed?
Link to shell.appspot.com, sample programs
Tools for Python Development
Subhead: Powerful development environments and editors help you write and debug Python code.
Version control: * Subversion * Bazaar * Mercurial
Bug trackers: * Roundup * Trac
Build tools: * SCons * Buildbot
Checking tools: pylint/pychecker/pyflakes
Subhead: Explore the thousands of add-on libraries available for Python. (more)
PyPI; commonly-used libraries
Link to an easy-install tutorial/page?
Joining the Community
Subhead: Connect to other Python users on the web, at local user groups, and at conferences. (more)
- PyCon; EuroPython
I'm not sure whether the following material is worth including.
- Python 2 vs. Python 3:
- The Zen of Python principles
- Special page for Django & other web toolkits?
- A news page that pulls RSS feeds from pypi and python.org?
- Link to Software Carpentry tutorials?