Chapter 4. Programming in Python

The first programming language that I ever learned was Java. This was followed by C and then shortly after by Fortran. In college, a professor saw these on my resume and told me to just list Python. “It’s so easy by comparison,” he claimed, ”that you can just learn it in a day if anyone asks.” I think he might have been right. My college has since changed their introductory computer science course to Programming in Python.


Python is the language of choice for many developers and even more so for many hackers and makers. It’s widely regarded as a great first programming language for many reasons:

Interpreted language

Python is an interpreted language, meaning you can execute scripts directly through ...

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