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Nice "gotcha!" but it still doesn't take away from the author's point which is that diving in and looking up what you need to know to get a task done is sometimes preferable to going through complete exercises like those in LPTHW. For total beginners the exercises may work but if you're an experienced programmer what you're really looking for is just how Python does things. You already know how to program but you just don't know how a new language implements the concepts you already know. So I don't see anything wrong with that part of the article. The guy's not lobbying for something or talking about anything controversial at all. He's just talking about how he learned to program in Python coming from PHP. No need to try to "catch" him.

If you're an experienced programmer, LPTHW is not for you. That much should be evident from the very first sentence: "This simple book is meant to get you started in programming."


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