A brief introduction to Python will serve to give you a basic understanding of the history and what it is, before we move on to lessons.
What is Python?
Taken from www.python.org:
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 languageencourages the development of higher quality, more maintainable code.
In other words, Python is easy to learn, read, and write, ensuring that you'll be able to understand what you wrote a few months after you wrote it.
A Brief History of Python.
Python was conceived in the late 1980s by Guido van Rossum in the Netherlands as a successor of the ABC programming language, and it soon gathered popularity, especially after it was released under the GPL in version 1.6.1.
Today, some of the largest projects that use Python are the Zope application server, and the original BitTorrent client. It is also extensively used by Google and NASA.
Note: This instructable is being actively edited and improved by it's author(ZN13) and collaborator(Hugo.B) so please be patient and keep visiting, you'll find learning Python a rewarding experience.
Step 1: Download Python
the Integrated DeveLopment Environment, IDLE
As of 16/6/07, the release is version 2.5.1
Python Download here.
We'll assume that you are using windows here, but if you're using any
Linux-based OS, it'll likely already have it installed.
To find out, open console/konsole/terminal(varies with distro), and type
python. If it is installed, the Python command-line will open up.
After you have installed it, go Start>All Programs>Python>IDLE and we'll get started!