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Beginner's Guide to Python

s New to programming? Python is free, and easy to learn if you know where to start! This guide will help you to get started quickly.

New to Python?

  • Read ["BeginnersGuide/Overview"] to learn the key points.
  • First, you need to get the Python interpreter installed on your computer. (This is the program that reads Python programs and carries out their instructions; you need it before you can do any Python programming.) See ["BeginnersGuide/Download"] for instructions for downloading the correct version of Python.
  • You'll want to select a [http://www.python.org/moin/PythonEditors text editor] that has support for Python.

  • Need to know how to run programs? See [http://www.python.org/doc/faq/windows.html#how-do-i-run-a-python-program-under-windows How do I Run a Program Under Windows] (Unix/Linux users are assumed, perhaps incorrectly, to be familiar with the necessary techniques).

  • Next, you're going to want to read a tutorial and try some simple experiments with your new Python interpreter.
    • If you've never programmed before, see ["BeginnersGuide/NonProgrammers"].

    • If you have previous programming experience, consult ["BeginnersGuide/Programmers"], which lists more advanced tutorials.
    • Free Python video lectures are also available ["Intro to programming with Python and Tkinter"], though they're only viewable on Windows. Requires a DivX player, available from http://www.divx.com/divx/windows/.

    • If English isn't your first language, you might be more comfortable with a tutorial that's been translated into your language. Consult python.org's [http://www.python.org/doc/NonEnglish.html list of Non-English resources].

  • Once you've read a tutorial, you can browse through

    [http://www.python.org/doc/ Python's online documentation]. It includes [http://www.python.org/doc/current/tut/ a tutorial] that may be helpful, [http://www.python.org/doc/current/lib/ a Library Reference] that lists all of the modules that come standard with Python, and [http://www.python.org/doc/current/ref/ the Language Reference] for a complete (if rather dry) explanation of Python's syntax.

  • Most Python books will include an introduction; see IntroductoryBooks for suggested titles.

  • Consult ["BeginnersGuide/Examples"] for small programs and little snippets of code that can help you learn.
  • Need help from a human? Read ["BeginnersGuide/Help"] for mailing lists and newsgroups.
  • Or, you can pay for a Python course; see ["BeginnersGuide/Courses"] for a list.
  • Teachers can join the [http://www.python.org/sigs/edu-sig/ EDU-SIG], a mailing list for discussion of Python's use in teaching at any level ranging from K-12 up to university.

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