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.