Chapter 1. Getting started

Python is good for developers.

No matter what operating system you or your customers are running, it will work. Unless you are coding platform-specific things, or using a platform-specific library, you can work on Linux and deploy on other systems, for example. However, thats not uncommon anymore. (Ruby, Java, and many other languages work in the same way.) Combined with the other qualities that we will discover throughout this book, Python becomes a smart choice for a company's primary development language.

This chapter gathers everything required to get started with Python, no matter what your environment is. It presents:

  • How to install Python

  • How to use and enhance the prompt

  • How to be ready to extend Python, by installing ...

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