Learning Python (the book)

I just picked up my second python book – although this is probably the one I should have bought first.  It’s ‘Learning Python’ from O’Reilly.  I already had Beginning Python.  I’ve been wanting to get the O’Reilly one for a while now, but never really wanted to spend the 50 bucks.  I finally broke down and got it at Borders this morning.  I hope it’s a good reference.  The first thing I’d like to do is to remember how to do things like read files, parse data, create plots.  I think I remember having to add Scipy and Matplotlib.

If I want Scipy, I need to also get Numpy.  In the Scipy/Numpy installation instructions for Ubuntu, it gives a couple of options for installation.  One of these is from a guy called Andrew Straw, who has an unofficial repository for NumPy .deb packages.  I’m going to try that first.  I just checked out his repository and he just updated for Karmic on 2 December.  I’m using the instructions here.

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