Python Resources

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For Learning Python

I've reviewed these resources and highly recommend them:

Data Representation

Numerical Datas

  • numpy - numeric analysis in python (needed for matplotlib)
  • tabulate - create tables easily
  • jupyter notebook

Date Data

String Formatting

Text Processing

See Text processing notes.

Graphing, Graphics and Games


Easy Graphics


Image Manipulation

  • Use Pillow, the Python2/3 fork of Python Image Library (PIL).

Fun examples:

Python GUI Options

I need to write some programs that use GUI.

  • tkinter - built in, but not recommended
  • pyqt - Use PyQT5 (it's part of Anaconda)
  • wxwidgets - It's okay, but use PyQT5
  • wikibooks has a page on Python Program/GUI Programming options
  • FLTK, the Fast Light Toolkit

Resources for Tkinter

Building Web Applications

You basically have two options:

Examples and resources:

WSGI options

  • Flask (can run on Apache with Passenger, but needs its own domain name)
  • CherryPy

Notes on Flask

   $ touch tmp/restart.txt         # reload your program

Using Passengers on Dreamhost

Python Installation

If you are using a Mac, you almost certainly want to ditch Apple's python implementation and instead install your own.

I now recommend the Anaconda Python distribution, because it has almost everything that you need, and it's easy to add new modules.

If you want to write a Python program with a GUI that can be run on any system, you'll need to use Tkinter (Python's Tcl/Tk bindings). If you want to actually enjoy what you are writing, you want to use PyQT5..