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Old Dec 7th, 2008, 11:52 PM   #1
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"Python is a dynamic object-oriented programming language that can be used for many kinds of software development. It offers strong support for integration with other languages and tools, comes with extensive standard libraries, and can be learned in a few days. Many Python programmers report substantial productivity gains and feel the language encourages the development of higher quality, more maintainable code." ~

It can be called a "scripting language" but is very powerful and has extreme capabilities.
We will be using Python 2.6 for this tutorial.

Onto the basics:

The Official Python Website
Download the latest version and install on your computer.
Some operating systems may already have it.
I will expect you have some kind of editor of some sort.
Here's a list of them.

We're going to make a program that asks for a name.
Type this into your editor and save it as
(.py is a python command line program, .pyw is a non-console application.)
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  1. #!/usr/bin/env python
  2. name = raw_input('Enter your name: ')
  3. print 'Hello', name
  4. raw_input
Run the program and you should get the following output:
Enter your name: example
Hello example
When you press enter it should close.

I'll explain this line by line.
The first line is for Unix/Linux users.
The first line of the program that has that will search usr/bin for python.
Then it will run your program with it.

The second line assigns a variable with the = operator
name is our variable, and it is assigned to raw_input
raw_input is input for strings.
In the () we ask for the person's name. You could even put
name = raw_input('Monkey breath. ')
If you wanted to.
Also, variable names are case sensitive so name and NaMe aren't the same.

The third line prints Hello then prints the variable name.
name is the entry the user entered.
So If I put Xarver it would say Hello Xarver
The comma after Hello is something used to add another thing and adding a space.
So, print 'hello ', 'world' would print hello world.

The last line is raw_input which gets string input.
It's not assigned to a variable so It just waits for entry then continues on.
And there's nothing else to do, so the program ends.

That's the end of the tutorial.
if interested in Python here's a great tutorial: Byte of Python

I hope you learned something!

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A very good beginner's resource is Dive Into Python, a free book:
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hello i feel that your thread is very useful to beginners like me. hope you can recommend an editor or you can share an editor for me so that i can follow your tutorial. actually i am zero in knowledge when it comes to programming but i want to learn the subject no matter what. hope you continue to post here and consider me as your student....merry christmas . tia
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I've found it quite useful in improving my python skills, and it gives your brain a good workout at the same time.Python programs can be written using any text editor and should have the extension .py.It is a very high level language.Instead of braces,blocks are identified by having the same indentation.
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A very good beginner's resource is Dive Into Python, a free book:

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