One of my first programs was coded on paper tape. Another was via punched cards. I foresaw amazing stuff, e.g., artificial intelligence, models for weather, space travel, etc., but never imagined we would come this far in only 60 years. I now have a programmer son who wants me to learn Python. He has a relatively modern viewpoint, and I don't understand a lot of what he says. He has certain mathematical challenges in the music technology field, and believes I could help him due to my math interests, and my years of software development experience. Sadly, I don't understand much of the modern lingo, and every source I've tried to tap to learn Python makes assumptions that are foreign to me. Online tutorials quickly lose me. I've purchased a couple of books from Amazon, and they help a bit, but rather quickly lose me. For example, I never worked with IDE's, and now quickly get lost when the subject comes up. One of the books tells me on page 15 to "Open your favorite Python IDE and follow along with the example presented in Listing 2-3." Now how the heck to I do this? I have installed Python 3.4 on my Windows 7 64bit system, and suspect there's an IDE in that installation, but how do I access it? That's an initial question. I'd like to make friends with someone on Dani who could patiently guide me from time to time. What's scaring me already is the likelihood that when someone responds, and I log in, I'll wonder how/where to look for that response! Maybe something will pop up and tell me! I hope so.
I've never learned how to adeptly utilize forums. Thanks to anyone who answers this plea!