Getting started with Python!

Let’s get set up.

To get started with Python, the first thing you need is well, Python. Follow this link to download Python and preferably get the latest version out (Python 3).

Another thing to take a look at is using Anaconda or Virtualenv to set up a Python virtual environment. You’ll find information on using Anaconda here and for virutalenv this should help.

A little Python history

Python has been around for a while now and it was created by Guido van Rossum. Guido continues to have an important role in the development of Python and the direction it takes as a programming language. The Python community has dubbed him as the Benevolent Dictator for Life (BDFL).
Python’s design philosophy focuses on readability of code. You’ll notice when you start using Python that there are no brackets. To highlight blocks of code Python uses whitespaces.
Python follows the off-side rule.

Running Python code

Now for the part we’ve all been waiting for. Open up your Python terminal and type the following command
print("Hello World")
There you go, you’ve written your first piece of Python code.

Written on May 13, 2018