|12-20-2012, 04:09 AM||#1|
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Frenchy in Spain
Device: My brain (beta)
Upgrade calibre to Python 3 ?
One item in my do list is to learn Python, one goal being to use Python to customize calibre. From the doc: "calibre is not compatible with Python 3 and requires at least Python 2.7".
I am looking for a book on Python for programming beginners and so far, everything I found is based on 3.X. Obviously, Learning Python represents a significative effort for me. So ...
Are there any plans to port calibre to Python 3?
If yes, when is it expected? I can wait.
If no, at least in the short term. What book (or other material) on Python 2.7 for programming beginners do you recommend me?
|12-20-2012, 04:13 AM||#2|
Creator of calibre
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mumbai, India
There are no plans to port calibre to python 3. Just google a bit there are far more books on python 2.x than on python 3.x. I've never actually read any python books (I learned python by programming in python) so I cant recommend any. But a good place to start is: http://docs.python.org/2/tutorial/
And see: http://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/Programmers
|12-23-2012, 10:32 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jul 2010
Device: Sony PRS-300
I found the Python.org tutorial, that Kovid mentioned, very useful and also Dive Into Python, which can be found at http://www.diveintopython.net/.
For help with Python usage in calibre the Development sub-forum is very helpful.
A great start for writing your own calibre plugin can be found at:
Last edited by Agama; 12-23-2012 at 10:35 AM.
|12-24-2012, 10:05 PM||#6|
Join Date: May 2011
Device: Kindle 3
For the very first steps in python the interactive tutorial at http://code.he.net/ is quite nice.
As always when learning programming the best way is to do some actual programming. Set yourself a simple goal what you would like to program and then code it. Your code will probably suck a lot (especially if you have no knowledge about algorithm design, data structures and such) but if you have a good book you should find a lot of your beginning mistakes and be able to correct them.
Also the difference between Python 2 and 3 is not that big at all. There are some quite big internal changes that makes porting code not trivial, but if you can program Python 3 you also can in Python 2 and vice versa. You might have to look up some API functions that are different, but you'll have to do that all the time even when using only version 2.
What I really really think is important for any beginner to programming (as opposed to someone who can program and just wants to learn a new language) is to read about algorithm design and data structures because that are very important things in every program.
I cannot suggest you a good book because I learned most about that at university and in Java and deepened my understanding with the great "The Art of Computer Programming" by Donald Knuth, but that is a bit too heavy for a beginner IMO.
|12-25-2012, 09:49 PM||#7|
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Idaho, USA
Device: Nook Tablet
Thanks for posting the links here. I am learning python also. Trying to keep the brain cells active.
|01-26-2013, 11:13 AM||#8|
Join Date: Jan 2013
Best way to learn Python (personal experience):
learnpythonthehardway.org - Zed is a genius and if you want to learn programming you should start there.
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