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What Now?
Reading this tutorial has probably reinforced your interest in using Python ---
you should be eager to apply Python to solving your real-world problems. Where
should you go to learn more?
This tutorial is part of Python's documentation set. Some other documents in
the set are:
* :ref:`library-index`:
You should browse through this manual, which gives complete (though terse)
reference material about types, functions, and the modules in the standard
library. The standard Python distribution includes a *lot* of additional code.
There are modules to read Unix mailboxes, retrieve documents via HTTP, generate
random numbers, parse command-line options, compress data,
and many other tasks. Skimming through the Library Reference will give you an
idea of what's available.
* :ref:`installing-index` explains how to install additional modules written
by other Python users.
* :ref:`reference-index`: A detailed explanation of Python's syntax and
semantics. It's heavy reading, but is useful as a complete guide to the
language itself.
More Python resources:
* The major Python web site. It contains code,
documentation, and pointers to Python-related pages around the web.
* Fast access to Python's documentation.
* The Python Package Index, previously also nicknamed
the Cheese Shop [#]_, is an index of user-created Python modules that are available
for download. Once you begin releasing code, you can register it here so that
others can find it.
* The Python Cookbook is a
sizable collection of code examples, larger modules, and useful scripts.
Particularly notable contributions are collected in a book also titled Python
Cookbook (O'Reilly & Associates, ISBN 0-596-00797-3.)
* collects links to Python-related videos from
conferences and user-group meetings.
* The Scientific Python project includes modules for fast
array computations and manipulations plus a host of packages for such
things as linear algebra, Fourier transforms, non-linear solvers,
random number distributions, statistical analysis and the like.
For Python-related questions and problem reports, you can post to the newsgroup
:newsgroup:`comp.lang.python`, or send them to the mailing list at The newsgroup and mailing list are gatewayed, so
messages posted to one will automatically be forwarded to the other. There are
hundreds of postings a day, asking (and
answering) questions, suggesting new features, and announcing new modules.
Mailing list archives are available at
Before posting, be sure to check the list of
:ref:`Frequently Asked Questions <faq-index>` (also called the FAQ). The
FAQ answers many of the questions that come up again and again, and may
already contain the solution for your problem.
.. rubric:: Footnotes
.. [#] "Cheese Shop" is a Monty Python's sketch: a customer enters a cheese shop,
but whatever cheese he asks for, the clerk says it's missing.