This page provides support for students and faculty using the Python based courseware in connection with courses taught at the Department of the Geophysical Sciences, and in connection with my textbooks on physics of climate and on exploring dynamical systems. The "sysadmin" referred to below is the person setting up the software on whatever computer will be running the courseware. If you, the user, are setting up the software to run on your own computer, then you are the "sysadmin" as well as the "user." Happy trails!
The current Python production versions are 2.6.1 and 3.0, both available from python.org , Version 3.x of Python introduces significant changes in the language which break some backward compatibility. It is recommended that the reader stay with version 2.6 until it becomes absolutely necessary to migrate.
Python language references and tutorials:
- My own introduction to Python is here.(Updated 11/10/2005)
- Basic Python example scripts and numerical analysis tutorials can be found here
- The entire Dive into Python book is available online here. It has a good discussion of how to install and run Python on your own computer. It is also a good general reference on the Python language.
- A wealth of valuable Python resources, including downloads and tutorials, can be found at python.org , which is the official Python site
- Online is great, but sometimes paper is even better. If you'd like to buy a physical book to help you with Python, I can recommend the following:
- Python 2.1 Bible (a little outdated, but very comprehensive and well organized)
- Magnus Lee Hetland Practical Python. Apress
- Hans Petter Langtangen Python Scripting for Computational Science. Springer. (Recommended especially for Python programmers seeking a master of more advanced topics. This book has good coverage of techniques for using compiled c, c++ or Fortran routines for extending Python. )
- Resources for building compiled routine into Python commands:
- SWIG (mostly for c and c++, but actually a generalizable tool)
Resources for the sysadmin
- Setting up your computer as an x11 workstation (see "What is x11" and "About servers and clients" below for why you need to do this)
Resources for the user