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Henry's Python Programming Guide 143

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the not-just-for-programmers-anymore dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Seems like someone else has put up another Python programming guide, although this one seems to be a little easier to get through. From the article: 'My name is Henry the Adequate, and I am a Python programming Guru. I know all of their movies, and their TV shows, and can quote the dead parrot sketch in my sleep. In fact I do quote it in my sleep. That may explain why I am single, although it could also have something to do with the flamethrower. Naturally many old-timers want to know what this new-fangled Python thing is all about. "Henry," they say, "What is this new-fangled Python thing all about?" See what i mean? So, here, at last, is the article you have all been waiting for...'"
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Henry's Python Programming Guide

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  • WTF? (Score:2, Informative)

    That's all I can say... WTF. Or perhaps WTFITDOS (WTF Is This Doing On Slashdot)?

    John.
  • Nonsense? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by user24 (854467)
    Is it just me or is that article summary complete and utter nonsense?
    • Re:Nonsense? (Score:5, Informative)

      by pla (258480) on Monday May 22, 2006 @12:37PM (#15381450) Journal
      Is it just me or is that article summary complete and utter nonsense?

      Well, technically "yes", but as the entire article reads like that summary, I suppose that actually makes the summary a fairly good one.


      Now, as for why this made the Slashdot FP... I dunno. Slow news day? It doesn't even belong in the "It's funny, laugh" section, since it completely fails at coming off as even remotely funny (despite trying soooooo hard).
      • by Anonymous Coward
        It doesn't even belong in the "It's funny, laugh" section, since it completely fails at coming off as even remotely funny

        I think you may be confusing an alleged lack of comedy value in the article with the wholesale inability of Americans to grasp anything remotely humorous unless it contains the word "beaver" in it.
        • I think you may be confusing an alleged lack of comedy value in the article with the wholesale inability of Americans to grasp anything remotely humorous unless it contains the word "beaver" in it.

          Now that I consider funny!

          Heh. You said "beaver". Huh-huh.
    • Re:Nonsense? (Score:3, Informative)

      by pokeyburro (472024)
      I think the phrase you were searching for is "complete waste of time".
    • What is Python? Python is the really neat computer programming thingy, based heavily on Monty Python's Flying Circus, which was invented by those really funny guys, Monty Python. Lucky for them it was called Monty Python's Flying Circus, because it would have been really inconvenient and confusing if it were called John Howard's Flying Circus, or something like that.

      i really hate when programmers try to be funny. this article is asinine. Programming isn't a joke and telling a novice how to program and in

      • Re:Nonsense? (Score:4, Insightful)

        by SomeoneGotMyNick (200685) on Monday May 22, 2006 @01:40PM (#15381986) Journal
        Programming isn't a joke and telling a novice how to program and introducing all that sperflous crap is only going to confuse them even more.

        You mean like all those <foo> for Dummies books?

      • Re:Nonsense? (Score:3, Insightful)

        by prgrmr (568806)
        Programming isn't a joke

        I'm guessing you've not had to deal with management-types who think they can program.
      • i really hate when programmers try to be funny. this article is asinine. Programming isn't a joke and telling a novice how to program and introducing all that sperflous crap is only going to confuse them even more. If i'm looking to program that means i want to learn to program, don't piss in my cornflakes and call it milk.

        I'm pretty sure you didn't need the article to do that. You seem to have done fine on your own.

        Personally, I found it mildly funny. Yeah, he's trying too hard. On the plus side, this arti
    • measures distance, takes a step forward, slaps parent with a fish.

      [/end sketch]

      "Go on go on! Move along. This is extremely silly. We won't have silly sketches here."
    • It's just you!
    • It isn't just you. It's rubbish.
  • Obl. chunky bacon (Score:5, Interesting)

    by leoboiko (462141) <leoboiko@gmail.cDEBIANom minus distro> on Monday May 22, 2006 @12:25PM (#15381326) Homepage
    Ok, it was kinda nice, but let's get this out of the way: Why the lucky stiff's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby [poignantguide.net] is funnier.
    • Yes! Especially poignant is the epitaph mentioned in Ch. 1:

      The gravestone:

        What's in his trachea?
              Oh, look, a Nokia!

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Is it? It takes a relatively simple language and then turns the description of it into a schitzophrenic nightmare of cartoonage that mostly obscures the points he's trying to make, and most of them...well, I don't know about your sense of humour, but most of them just aren't funny anyway. There's a reason people buy the Pickaxe.
    • Beat me to it. Well, here's my joke anyway.

      No Cartoon Foxes. Less chunky bacon than _why's poignant guide to ruby. Lame.
    • Their advertisements are great.... CAMCAM3003!!!
    • Ok, it was kinda nice, but let's get this out of the way: Why the lucky stiff's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby is funnier.

      If he wasn't totally biting off Why the lucky stiff, or if he had some writing talent it might be 'nice'. As it is though, the guy just comes off as a hopeless dork.
    • It's also about fifty-thousand times more informative!
  • See the title and think "Who is Henry Python and what does he know about programing"?

    I need to get more sleep.
    • No I saw the title and thought it said "Monty Python's Guide to Programming"
    • See the title and think "Who is Henry Python and what does he know about programing"?

      Henry Python is actually the name of the star character of J.K. Rowling's next series of books. I think the first title is going to be "Henry Python and the Looney List Comprehension".
  • It's funny... laugh.

    Where's the contigency plan if it isn't, oh mighty Slashdot? Should I consult the SlashCode? Will it be funnier if I subscribe? HELP ME!
    WHAT DO I DO?
  • Too silly! (Score:1, Redundant)

    by stuntpope (19736)
    Too silly, far too silly...
  • by mmThe1 (213136) * on Monday May 22, 2006 @12:29PM (#15381356) Homepage
    I wonder why the slashdot category for this story says "Programming". Are the "Henry my brother-in-law needs some page hits" category slots already full?

    Front-pager? Ofcourse.
  • by mike1086 (188761)
    I'm now a python expert. Expect to be earning big $$$ real soon now.
    • Re:WOW (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      You would most likely not be "earning big $$$" even if you were a REAL python guru
  • by DivineOmega (975982) <jordan@hall05.co.uk> on Monday May 22, 2006 @12:30PM (#15381372)

    One wonders if the said 'old-timers' were female. If so this is a rather poor pickup line.

    I mean, how many women do you know who would be interested in Henry the Adequate's Python?

  • In Python indentation determines scope. This breaks with naval tradition, in which it is the captain decides who gets to use the periscope next. Python also breaks with recent computer programming convention, because apparently it is usually the guy with the braces gets to decide. Damn teenagers.

    It sounded like this guy was trying to write using stream of consciousness http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stream_of_consciousne ss [wikipedia.org]. Either that or he was drunk.

  • This parrot really is dead.
    • So is the website, after a thourough slash-throttling...
    • This parrot really is dead.

      You're supposed to precede that kind of information with a spoiler warning, you insensitive clod !

      Oh well, now use crying over spilled milk. Luckily, you didn't give away the real shocker: Obi-Wan killed the parrot.

      Ups. Time for a quick script edit - do parrots and humans interbreed ?

      • Oh well, now use crying over spilled milk. Luckily, you didn't give away the real shocker: Obi-Wan killed the parrot.

        The parrot shot first.
  • by mattwarden (699984) on Monday May 22, 2006 @12:36PM (#15381433) Homepage

    An anonymous reader writes

    Slashdot editors spelled 'Henry' way wrong.

  • hey!! (Score:2, Offtopic)

    by revery (456516) *
    I remember this from when it didn't make it on digg....

  • Okay...why does this guy have enough bandwidth to support Slashdot?

    And why do the editors find this hilarious enough to put on the front page?

    I feel like the brunt of an in-joke played on us by this Henry guy and the Slashdot editors.

    Maybe Henry's made of money and this is a bizarre form of Slashvertisement.
    He can afford the bandwidth, after all.
  • python what (Score:1, Troll)

    by achacha (139424)
    Agreed, what a waste of time. http://www.python.org/ [python.org] would have been a lot more useful, albeit already known by most.

    To summorize:

    if you want to waste time:
        click on link in article
    else:
        skip to next slashdot article and make believe this one does not exist
  • Henry's Python Programming Guide isn't nearly as funny as Monty's.

    (wait for it...) *rim hat*
  • Where are these [tripod.com] guys when you need them?
  • I was actually looking forward to reading a quick introduction on Python as I primarily use C/C++ and I thought, "Hey, if it's on the front page of slashdot, then it's probably a decent article." Instead, I found this craptastic waste of time that doesn't even approach funny. It's just a bunch of really cheesy and way too obvious "jokes." Anyway, I don't mean to put down the author so much as whoever approved this story getting on the front page of slashdot. You guys are better than this. :)
  • My 5 yr old nephew told me a joke funnier than ANYTHING in that article, this weekend.

    What's red and barks?

    A retarded apple.

    Yes, THAT is more rewarding than reading the article.
  • Need Spamalot Tickets?
    Same Tickets as Other Sites Just Much Lower Prices -No Service Fee's


    I noticed this lone advert on the page, can anyone tell me, is "Spamalot" anything like "Mixalot" ? I liked Monster Mac.
  • The signal/noise ratio is way too low for me to spend my time reading this. It can be a good idea to have humorous bits in a tutorial or guide, to keep the reader engaged. In this case though, the actual information is getting lost in a sea of meaningless chatter.

    ~D
  • We've got a lot of Python and Jython here at work. Turns out it was coded a few years ago by some C++ coders who were asked to work with Java and just couldn't comprehend it and therefore wrote in Jython. Their Java and Jython code is beyond horrific. Currently removing and replacing with better code.
  • Chuck Norris invented Python. In his sleep. When he was two.
  • by Civil_Disobedient (261825) on Monday May 22, 2006 @01:39PM (#15381975)
    Tagged as: "[+] notfunny, python, spam, useless, wtf (tagging beta)"
  • by Rickee (972926)
    As someone fairly new to computer programming, I've been reading through a lot of tutorials and things of that nature. I'm not in any particular class or anything like that, I'm just interested in programming. I, for one, am quite tired of reading things that try to be funny and make me laugh. This article is moronic and offends me as someone who was hoping that slashdot had posted a good source for learning Python. I find myself wondering if Slashdot had any particular reason for posting this or if the
    • I'm sure you've probably already read it, but Dive Into Python (http://diveintopython.org) Is a great starting point, in conjunction with the references at python.org.

      As far as humor in learning sources, I enjoy the subtle humor in many Oreilly books. But this is over-the-top, not funny, and worst of all, not informative.
  • ... actual Python gurus are off at a sprint in Iceland [python.org] for a week of hacking that started yesterday.
  • In fact, my biggest struggle to get into it was that it was too much like pseudocode in flexibility. If you cannot look at Python, as a programmer, and figure out what half of it is doing instantly, something is wrong with you. It's the closest I've ever seen to writing an algorithm in English and executing it in a way that wasn't in near plain English like AppleScript.
  • by zx-15 (926808) on Monday May 22, 2006 @01:58PM (#15382157)
    If they wanted to post something funny about python, instead of this nonsense, they could've just posted that:

    http://www.python.org/doc/Humor.html [python.org]
  • How this article is posted minutes after another article [slashdot.org] where a portion of the article is copied verbatim in the story summary.
  • ... is remotely funny and even that should never have lasted the author of TFA to actually get to the end of writing it. If people didn't think this was funny because they didn't like Python jokes, spam or trout, that would have been ok. But it's got nothing to do with Python humour in the first place...

    And now, for something completely different, I'd say.
  • by tlambert (566799) on Monday May 22, 2006 @02:07PM (#15382262)
    Can we get this article retitled?

    Maybe something like "Henry Python and the blog of shame"?

    -- Terry
  • Python has exception handling. Which means when those guys from the far east take exception, it can handle it.
  • So did you guys notice the Amazon link there.... I am guessing someone wanted or made a huge load of $$$
  • How did this even get considered for making /. ?
    Unfunny, uninteresting, uninformative,...
    Just painful to look at, actually.
    This loser may not even make 100 comments befoe it leaves the frontpage!
  • by NorbMan (829255) *
    This reads like an Uncyclopedia [uncyclopedia.org] article that didn't survive long before falling victim to VFD.
  • Insulted (Score:1, Troll)

    by Carcass666 (539381)

    I am personally offended that none of my submissions ever made it onto Slashdot (even given that they weren't the typicaly "Microsoft Sucks, Open Source Rules" fare) and this vile piece of non-information did.

  • from the it's-funny,-laugh department

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    no, seriously it's a good laugh and i didn't mind the five minutes i spent reading the article.

    but what's it doing on slashdot frontpage? i would probably have received in somebody's *geeky* forward ;)

  • You people are all very sad.

    For some reason, I knew next to nothing about Python before reading that article. Now I know all the key aspects of the language, and that's more than enough information to guide a proper programmer in his choice of a language for a particular project, or for pleasure learning. Then he starts wading through tutorials and documentation.

    Admittedly, I could have found out at least as much from Wikipedia or straight from python.org (which is also linked in the article, N.B.), without
    • See, what's got people bothered here is that it wasn't five minutes of fun. It was five minutes of grade school humour wrapped around a one paragraph's worth of python info, all for the purpose of driving Google ad revenue and Amazon click-thrus.

      The whole editorial function of ./ is to ensure a certain level of quality, and presumably a lack of outright traffic-scamming. The article sucked pus-weepy donkey balls, and so did the editing that put it on the front page.
  • So informative! I never realized that after Lifer of Brian, the Holy grail, etc. they had actually created a whole programming language.

    Being a long time fan, I will *immediatly* start studying.

    And laughing.
  • Monty Python Programming Guide.

    wink-wink;
    nudge-nudge;
    RETURN 0;

  • You know, you read a title like "Python Programming Guide", and you expect a lenghty document detailing a programming languge. Maybe a page or two (or even several hundred for some really wacky edge cases), possibly the product of LaTeX2HTML, or at the very least with a table of contents. And you become excited, thinking you might perhaps learn something about Python! And then you make the mistake of clicking on the link you just read, and become drastically disappointed.

    In all honesty, this guys witty bant
  • Give me a break (Score:2, Insightful)

    by CultFigure (563155)
    Just this morning, as I was perusing through Slashdot, Digg, and Reddit, a thought occurred to me that even though there is far greater variety and features on the latter sites, I'm still a loyal fan of /. (mostly) for it's editors. Even for their shortcomings - bad grammer, duplicate posts - the quality of their filter is the reason why I continue coming here... until this post! Give me a break, slashdot. " Windows Media Player 11 and Urge", "Biggest Obstacle of Nuclear Fusion Overcome?", and "Wired Re
  • Heres a quick script that i think the shlashdot moderators should follow...

    if rubish(story)
    reject();
    else
    checkagain();
    End
  • A programming guide by Harry Potter!!!
  • ... who initially read the headline as "Monty Python's Programming Guide"?

    Time to get some sleep.
  • by the_olo (160789)
    olo@laptopola:~$ python
    Python 2.4.3 (#2, Apr 27 2006, 14:43:58)
    [GCC 4.0.3 (Ubuntu 4.0.3-1ubuntu5)] on linux2
    Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.
    >>> print "Lrg nabgure Clguba Theh".decode('rot13')

  • what was so hard about dive into python?
  • Thank God for all the comments about "not funny" --I thought my sense of humor was broken.

    It had so much potential--it was...actually, it didn't have any potential. I should've known better when I saw the "Kubrick" theme.

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