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The Python Wiki

Python is a great object-oriented, interpreted, and interactive programming language. It is often compared (favorably of course :-) ) to Lisp, Tcl, Perl, Ruby, C#, Visual Basic, Visual Fox Pro, Scheme or Java... and it's much more fun.

Getting Started

Events and Community

Software

Core Development

Using and Editing the Wiki

Python combines remarkable power with very clear syntax. It has modules, classes, exceptions, very high level dynamic data types, and dynamic typing. There are interfaces to many system calls and libraries, as well as to various windowing systems. New built-in modules are easily written in C or C++ (or other languages, depending on the chosen implementation). Python is also usable as an extension language for applications written in other languages that need easy-to-use scripting or automation interfaces.

Getting Started

Beginners Guide

Documentation

Links to tutorials, courses and resources

Learning materials, topic guides and links to central resources

Beginner Errors

Python Books

Some common pitfalls of beginners

Books about Python plus reviews

Asking for Help

Python Audio Materials

Questions asked by beginners, answered here

A mixture of introductory and topical material

Languages

Python Implementations

Resources written in languages other than English

Different software which runs programs in the Python language

See also the documentation category for all known documentation-related pages.

Events, Courses, Conferences, Community

Python Software

Python Projects

Development Tools

Information on finding software projects written in Python, including...

Managing your code more effectively

Applications

Python Editors

Ready-to-run applications which use Python

Editing your code more effectively

Useful Modules

Publishing Python Modules

Some building blocks for your own projects (including frameworks for database, GUI, Web programming)

How to make others aware of your own works

Python Core Development Tools

The Python Web Site

Bug Tracker

Maintaining the official Python online resources

Roundup and the code review services used by the Python project

Package Index

Other Resources

The infrastructure behind Python package hosting

A list of all development process-related resources on this Wiki

Using this Wiki

This Wiki is a community place to gather and organize all things about Python. Feel free to exercise your editorial skills and expertise to make it a useful knowledge base and up-to-date reference on all Python-related topics.

There are some guidelines describing the policies and rules governing this Wiki and how you can most effectively contribute to it. A list of site improvements describes various tasks where your help would be appreciated. To keep up with changes on this site, check RecentChanges frequently or follow it using RSS: RSS feed.

Creating a Wiki account

In order to sign up for a wiki account, please go to the Create new account form, enter your account name (using the format FirstnameLastname to avoid issues - please don't use spaces in the name) and provide a password, plus email address (for password recovery).

Editing pages

Since spamming and vandalism on this wiki has reached a level that is starting to require daily intervention, new users are no longer allowed to edit pages.

If you want to edit a page and have just signed up, or you find that you can no longer edit a page that you could edit before, please write to the pydotorg-www mailing list, stating your account name and your intended edits and we'll add you to the EditorsGroup.

Sorry for the inconvenience, but we want to keep this wiki a useful tool for the community, while at the same time need to prevent wiki admin burnout effects.

Reporting problems

In case of emergency, please contact the python.org maintainers, or if experiencing difficulties, contact the pydotorg-www mailing list to say "help".


Wiki Attack in January 2013

The wiki was subject to an attack on January 5 2013. Since it was not clear whether user account data was stolen, all passwords were subsequently reset, so you will have to use the password recovery function to get a new password.

See the wiki attack description page for more details. If you find problems, please report them to the pydotorg-www mailing list <pydotorg-www@python.org>.

HTTPS access to the Wiki

We have enabled HTTPS access to the wiki to further enhance security and avoid having to send clear text passwords over the network in order to log in to the wikis.

If you have not been using HTTPS links to the wiki login page, please be advised that your password may have been sniffed on the network at e.g. a conference. It is best to change it and stop using HTTP links to the wiki login page.

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