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    Red Mage Celshader's Avatar
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    How to learn Python...

    I see LWCore will offer Python access. That is GREAT news. Python's regularly saved my bacon since I first learned it in 2006. RealFlow, Poser, manipulating raw file data, gluing commandline applications together -- Python's always been there for me.

    Plus, out of all the languages I've met -- C/C++, Java, JavaScript, and a brief experience with Perl -- Python seems most suited for GETTING STUFF DONE in the heat of production. I can't praise Python highly enough.

    If anyone's interested, here's how I learned Python:
    http://www.diveintopython.org

    So:

    • Download and install Python for free.
    • Open up the IDLE program that ships with Python.
    • Follow the excellent tutorials on DiveIntoPython


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    Awesome! I had just picked up an O'Reilly book, Learning Python, a few weeks ago. Coincidence? I think not! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    Now I know why they wanted us to check the code side of looking for hints. The core will be using css.
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    Python is good. Plus, there are plenty of python libraries already out there.

    Guess we'll be converting a lot of old scripts, eh?
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    Cool, thanks for the resource Jen. Gives me something to look at while I'm waiting for Core Beta to start.

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    The python docs are a great resource:

    http://www.python.org/doc/versions/

    I wonder which version of Python NewTek went with? I bet 2.5.X

    You might want to look at the python mailing list too, lot's of great tidbits mixed in with the chatter.

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    I just marked a bunch of python books for my wish list on Amazon. One more language to learn. LOL.
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    Thanks Celshader, Python is a great language from what i remember. Easy to learn, fast and free! Lots of IDEs out there for it too, many free also. I would've been disappointed if they'd chosen anything else!

    Was great to see in the video a command line and if i remember correctly they mentioned that python commands are available into any edit field? Pretty cool with the python txt editor in LWCore too

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    @Celshader:

    what can be done with Python? Sorry if this sounds totally ignorant, but I have no idea. Without something like CORE in the background, can I do more than doing the "Hello World!" - thing?
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    How Old? Really? Aww Heck colkai's Avatar
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    Thanks for the links Jen.
    Too old to die young.

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    Thanks for the links

    Got a question for ya, Bit off topic but..

    Is your old Kara tutorial still availible anywhere online?

    The LightWave Applied version 6.5 & 7 website doesn't exist anymore it seems.
    uh wha?

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    Cheers Jen
    Will definitely take a peek.

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    Nice, I've always wanted a reason to learn python, but had no use. Now with the advent of the new CORE I will learn Python and create motion scripts for accident reconstruction.

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    Can someone show some uses , specifically in terms of 3d appklication, that Python was used?

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    I guess I have to learn python now but what version is in LW Core? I would guess 2.6.x but Core is new so maybe they went with v3.0.

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