Get Started

Hi there,

You are on track to start coding. That is great news.

Here is a checklist to get you started.

First, set up your programming environment.

  • If you use a MacOSX the program Python is already installed. However, if you use Windows, you will need to install Python version 2.7.6.
  • All types of computers have a Terminal program. Locate it and run it.ForMacOSX, go to:
    • Applications / Utilities / Terminal
    • In the Terminal, type    python     and hit Enter.

Second, understand where you are in order to use the correct environment:

Terminal:  A program that has a command line interface and issues commands to the operating system.
The Terminal is displayed in the computer as a  “black box”.

Python: A command line program that runs inside of the terminal, takes Python code as input, interprets Shell it, and prints out any results.

Text Editor: A program that opens text files and allows the user to edit and save them. The Text editor I use is Sublime Text 2.

 

Here are some tips to make your learning experience more enjoyable:

 

 

 

  • GitHub:GitHub is a web-based hosting service for software development projects that use the Git revision control system. GitHub offers both paid plans for private repositories, and free accounts for open source projects.” — Wikipedia/GitHub.

 

  • Support Groups: I have created a list of groups that are happy to welcome Python Rookies.
    Benefits: Networking and Support

 

  • Find a mentor: This can undoubtedly take some time. Specially if you chose to learn Python from free or close to free sources. Nevertheless, a mentor can solidify, uplift and improve your Python learning path.
    Benefits: Inspirational and Uplifting
Here is a song to get you started with groove.
Have fun with Python!
By the way, Will.i.am (one of the singers) is learning how to code too!
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