In May 2014 I wrote this tutorial, but stupidly made it as a gif format. Don’t know why?
Today had the chance to revisit that page and I felt the GIF format made the tutorial useless, so dumped it and used ipython notebook to create a more updated but simple tutorial to get started working with HDF in python.
If you are into scientific coding, you will encounter HDF and I hope this simple tutorial will get you started in python. Enjoy!