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ArcPy and ArcGIS – Geospatial Analysis with Python by Silas Toms

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What is the Python interpreter?

The Python interpreter, on a Windows environment, is a program that has been compiled into a Windows executable, which has the extension .exe. The Python interpreter, python.exe, has been written in C, an older and extensively used programming language with a more difficult syntax.

Programs written in C, which are also initially written as text files, must be converted into executables by a compiler, a specialized program that converts the text commands into machine code to create executable programs. This is a slow process that can make producing simple programs in C a laborious process. The benefit is that the programs produced are standalone programs capable of running without any dependencies. Python, on the ...

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