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Basic Core Language

Python is designed so that there really isn't that much to learn in the basic language. For example, there is only one basic structure for conditional programming (if/else/elif), two looping commands (while and for), and a consistent method of handling errors (try/except) which apply to all python programs. This doesn't mean that the language is not flexible and powerful, however. It simply means that you're not confronted with an overwhelming choice of options at every turn, which can make programming a much simpler task.

Phil Spector 2003-11-12