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Basic Principles of Python

Python has many features that usually are found only in languages which are much more complex to learn and use. These features were designed into python from its very first beginnings, rather than being accumulated into an end result, as is the case with many other scripting languages. If you're new to programming, even the basic descriptions which follow may seem intimidating. But don't worry - all of these ideas will be made clearer in the chapters which follow. The idea of presenting these concepts now is to make you aware of how python works, and the general philosophy behind python programming. If some of the concepts that are introduced here seem abstract or overly complex, just try to get a general feel for the idea, and the details will be fleshed out later


Phil Spector 2003-11-12