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  • Using the Percent Sign in Python

    I have started and stopped learning python an embarrassing number of times.  Guess what?  I’m at it again.  For reasons I cannot adequately explain I have never really been able to latch on to it.  I am, after all, a networking guy at heart.  I have always wanted to write my own code but in some geek form of writer’s block I could never come up with a “why” for programming.  As I learned I never made that all important leap into the realm of, “Here’s how I can utilize this to make my life better|cooler|easier.”  Ponderous, I know.  Well now I find myself overrun with ideas for programs I want to write.  I’m brimming with them.  Can’t tell you what they are, mind you.  I, like most, am waiting for people to know me by my truncated last name (Zuck, ya’ see).

    As a form of penance I always start back at the beginning of python.  I force myself to read (albeit quickly) the chapter on what python is and why it’s good and then I read the section on how to install python (Windows).  As I type this (on my iMac) I am running an Ubuntu VM and a Window 8 VM (God, I hate Windows 8).  Python is python is python, of course.  I just like to see if anything is different anywhere (which I don’t expect it to be).  It’s good to go through the motions, even with OS’ I don’t use as often any more (Windows), and make sure I stay honest about them all.