"Learning Curves" sounds like the title of the O'Reilly beginner's guide to soft porn, but that's not what this is about. I'm writing my first Python program. It is quite the adventure, and I'm learning a lot about learning (always good).
Things I have learned include, in no particular order:
f = StringIO()
won't work. You need to use StringIO.StringIO() or you get a message about not being able to call a class as function. Twitch, twitch. Fortunately, the nice people on #python were able to set me straight.
It's been fun to do something new, though I'd have found it quicker to just port the library I wanted (the Universal Feed Parser) to Perl than to learn the Python I need around that library. That's okay, I'm doing this to learn another language and not to get the job done in the shortest possible time.