Chapter 1. Getting Started with IPython

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • What are Python, IPython, and Jupyter?
  • Installing Python with Anaconda
  • Introducing the Notebook
  • A crash course on Python
  • Ten Jupyter/IPython essentials

What are Python, IPython, and Jupyter?

Python is an open source general-purpose language created by Guido van Rossum in the late 1980s. It is widely-used by system administrators and developers for many purposes: for example, automating routine tasks or creating a web server. Python is a flexible and powerful language, yet it is sufficiently simple to be taught to school children with great success.

In the past few years, Python has also emerged as one of the leading open platforms for data science and high-performance ...

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