Getting Started with Python

My daughter is now 12 years old and just the other day she asked me if I know Python. Well, I know the basics of Python but I have never actively programmed using that language. Honestly, it is never late to learn a new language so I decided to get started with Python.

Installing Python is very easy, you just have to download the installation files from the official site of Python – https://www.python.org/downloads/. Once you download the file, just execute it, if you have already installed Python, it will upgrade it or it will install fresh for your machine.

Once it is installed go to the start menu of your windows machine and open the Python folder, over here find IDLE Shell. Open the shell and It will look like the following:

Now let us try our very first command Print.

print("Hello Python World")

The script above will print the message in the parenthesis on the screen.

Well, that’s it. It is the start of the Python journey. As I learn more about this one, I will keep sharing the same with you all. There are so many things to learn in the world, and I must say that we do not have enough time for all of them. I hope you are like this short blog post on Getting Started with Python. You can connect with me on Twitter.

Reference: Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)

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  • Okay, you tempted me to download and install Python!
    It’s interesting that the print command is case-sensitive. I got a error when I entered the command with a capitalized “P”:

    >>> Print(“Hello Tom”)
    Traceback (most recent call last):
    File “”, line 1, in
    Print(“Hello Tom”)
    NameError: name ‘Print’ is not defined

    But this command worked just fine:

    >>> print(“Hello Tom”)
    Hello Tom

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  • I am studying data science for my Masters right now and we have done some coding in Python. You should check out Pycharm Community or Spyder; both are free IDEs and are easy to use. I have setup Python in Visual Studio but do not use it much since University of MD doesn’t use it for our classes.

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  • Barbara Cooper (@steelerfan500)
    September 22, 2021 6:53 pm

    I am studying data science for my Masters right now and we have done some coding in Python. You should check out Pycharm Community or Spyder; both are free IDEs and are easy to use. I have setup Python in Visual Studio but do not use it much since University of MD doesn’t use it for our classes.

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