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Lean Python: Learn Just Enough Python to Build Useful Tools by Paul Gerrard

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© Paul Gerrard 2016
Paul GerrardLean Python10.1007/978-1-4842-2385-7_1

1. Getting Started

Paul Gerrard
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Maidenhead, Berkshire, UK
 
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The Python Interpreter

The Python interpreter is a program that reads Python program statements and executes them immediately (see [8] for full documentation). To use the interpreter, you need to open a terminal window or command prompt on your workstation. The interpreter operates in two modes.1

Interactive Mode

You can use the interpreter as an interactive tool. In interactive mode, you run the Python program and you will see a new prompt, ...

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