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All right! Looking at my schedule for the coming weeks, I think I'm going to add a readings and problem set post on Fridays, just to keep them separate from the lectures and to give everyone time to digest and discuss the information before we dive into the next lecture. (This will also give me an extra kick in the rear mid-week to get everything done!)

Thusfar, I've read through chapter 1 and chapter 2 of How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, the variables and strings and input and output sections of Python Programming, and the variables tutorial on Pythonista. They're a bit repetitive, but repetition is good for my brain! If you're a visual learner, do the tutorial on Pythonista first, because there's a really nice series of images there.

Out of the readings, the only thing that gave me pause was the minutes since midnight program in Chapter 2. I'm not sure exactly why... I didn't define hours and minutes when I first ran the example, and then after defining them it seemed a bit useless to write a program that only gave the correct answer at that exact moment. (Anyone watch Alice in Wonderland as a kid? That scene where they're cleaning the attic - "This old clock; it tells the right time twice a day. As for the rest? While, maybe not...") Regardless, I ought to go back to that when I'm not tired and trying to do all the readings in one chunk. Did anyone else have trouble with that one, or with anything else in the readings?

And then, PS0! As [personal profile] smc1225 graciously pointed out, you have to open a new window to write your code and then run it. This link, which she (guessing gender from the list of feeds on your profile, [personal profile] smc1225; my most humble apologies if I'm wrong) found when the November group went through PS0, is massively helpful.

So, who's finished PS0? I can't create polls, apparently, but let's report in on our successes and mistakes before we plunge onward into lecture 2!

Edit: Oh, wow, someone gave me paid time! Thanks, oh anonymous benefactor!

Edit 2: Ok, it appears I'm not allowed to insert polls into pre-paid time posts. But, in the future, there will be fun with polls! :D

Date: 2010-01-09 01:50 am (UTC)
jetamors: Yoruichi is really hot (Default)
From: [personal profile] jetamors
I looked through most of the readings, minus How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, and they were pretty helpful.

Something I noticed with IDLE, possibly only an issue with the Mac version: if you save a program, you have to explicitly type in the .py extension. If you don't, it'll still run, but IDLE won't open an existing file without an extension.

Date: 2010-01-09 01:53 am (UTC)
jetamors: Yoruichi is really hot (Default)
From: [personal profile] jetamors
(Oh, meant to add, I did ps0 and didn't have any trouble with it. I already know a bit about programming thought, at least at the level of for-loops and things.)

Date: 2010-01-09 11:27 am (UTC)
zulu: (sga - emboldened)
From: [personal profile] zulu
So far I'm following along passively, because this much I managed to do with the October start; but pretty soon I'm going to have to leap in again. Probably a few repeats would help my brain too.

Date: 2010-01-09 11:49 am (UTC)
zulu: (sga - teyla/sora)
From: [personal profile] zulu
And, after a few minutes of remembering, I'm now finished PS0 (again)! Yay.

Date: 2010-01-09 07:57 pm (UTC)
zulu: (muppets - yip yip)
From: [personal profile] zulu
Hee! I'm pretty sure it's moonshine. Celebratory!

Date: 2010-01-09 08:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dodificus
I've done it! This is like learning a new language for me, so I'm not sure *what* I've done half the time but it's done:)

Date: 2010-01-13 05:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sashataakheru
Aha! I did it! :D

I feel quite chuffed with that. Never done any programming before but I managed to work it out after a couple of mistakes. If nothing else, I have achieved something useful. :D

Date: 2010-01-17 06:03 pm (UTC)
winkingstar: River with village lights on either side and the night sky and aurora above; text says "walk into the sky". (Default)
From: [personal profile] winkingstar
Still catching up after getting a new laptop, but now I've completed PS0! I feel so accomplished, even though it's such a simple program. \o/

More catching up later today and tomorrow hopefully!


Date: 2011-08-15 06:27 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
AFAICT you've covered all the bases with this awnser!


Date: 2012-01-09 04:12 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
IMHO you've got the right aswner!


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