Get started with Python

Get started with Python

Python creators say that an experienced programmer in any programming language, whatever it may be, can pick up Python very quickly. And I strongly agree with that statement.

Installing Python is generally easy, and most Linux and UNIX distributions include a recent Python installation. Even some Windows computers now come with Python pre-installed.

However, if you need to install Python, check the official Python beginners guide download page.

To find out if you need to install Python,  enter “python” in a command line window. If you see a response from a Python interpreter it will include a version number in its initial display. Generally, any recent version will do, as Python makes every attempt to maintain backwards compatibility.

My IDE of preference is PyCharm, the community version is completely free and has all you need to start. Although you don’t need an IDE, I strongly recommend using one, especially whilst learning.

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