Python Background:

This is where I  throw up a photo of a jungle, with lots of trees, bushes and thick grasses, because that surely is where you will find a Python.

Python in jungleThose trees hide many of the small creatures that a python eats, thus forming a great environment for a Python.

But the python we are talking about here is not the big, fat snake that creates terror in those with a fear of snakes.

Would you believe that the name Python, given to the Computer Programming Language, is from the comedy team that those of who were lucky enough to watch their TV shows and movies were  in stitches as we laughed through their antics. So perhaps the background of trees is not so far off being appropriate, since they could form the background for the Lumberjack song, one of the most memorable of Monty Python sketches.

But enough of that, let’s get down to business.

What is needed to program in Python?

Python is an interpreted language, which means that the programs that you write (the code), has to be checked for correctness (syntax) before the compiler translates the code into the basic actions that the computer’s processing unit can handle.

To help create the code and Integrated DeveLopment Environment is used. Most similar languages call this an IDE, but perhaps as recognition of one of the Monty Python team, Eric Idle, Python calls this an IDLE!

There are several sites that can help you walk through the installation of IDLE, so if the basic instructions here do not help, a Google (or other search engine) search will help find a more detailed set of instructions.


Outline of training materials for learning to code in python.

Other links to Python help information on this site.


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