Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
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Deciding on a Python 2.5 Distro [ID:136] (Free) (2/10)

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Your first task is to pick the right Python distribution. At you can get the latest and greatest Python 2.5, with SciPy you get a math-oriented v2.5 and with ActivePython you get a complete but older v2.4 [edit March 2008 - ActivePython's distribution is now at Python 2.5 as well]. Watch the video to learn which is the right one for you.

Here are the distros:

At the end of this video you'll know which is the right distribution for you to start with. To raise a question just post in the ShowMeDo Learners Google Group.

Also see my Resources for Python Newbies series to learn about all the on-line Python tutorial, news and forums sites.

Got any questions?

Get answers in the ShowMeDo Learners Google Group.

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Good intro for newbs, but since several years have passed since it was made, it could use some updating....

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Thanks for the videos. They are appreciated. I have only one comment. As an American I have some difficulty understanding you when you speak quickly. I know that speaking slower does increase the size / length of the videos, but it does tend to make you more understandable. Thanks again.

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55. anonymous Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:50

Thank you, especially for mentioning SciPy!

Are there other specialized distros for python?


54. anonymous Mon, 28 Dec 2009 19:33

needs to be updated, first half was great, second half was confusing.

53. anonymous Sun, 27 Dec 2009 16:02

nice high level intro

52. anonymous Tue, 08 Dec 2009 02:25

I'm new to this so I look forward to continuing this series!

Thank You for your time and expertise in making these videos!

I look forward to writing my own programs one day and giving back to the internet what it has done for me!.............Ken

51. anonymous Mon, 09 Nov 2009 07:01

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50. anonymous Mon, 26 Oct 2009 20:59

Good job on this. Note: there is a newer version of python - 2.6.4

Just started with Python, and much appreciated for all your hard works. Cheers.

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Good work!! Keep it up!!

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I'm a complete noob yet So far so good.

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Nice video. I didn't know about the SciPy dist, thanks!

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How much will cost me to start learning Python. And how long would it take to start getting the grip on this language.Thanks

Sincerely Pax

terrific clear voice, keep up the great work.

terrific clear voice, keep up the great work.

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