Chapter 1. Introspecting Maya, Python, and PyMEL

Maya and Python are both excellent and elegant tools that can together achieve amazing results. And while it may be tempting to dive in and start wielding this power, it is prudent to understand some basic things first. Knowledge of the fundamentals will provide the platform from which we will grow great skills and conquer our obstacles throughout the rest of this book.

In this chapter, we will look at Python as a language, Maya as a program, and PyMEL as a framework. We will begin by briefly going over how to use the standard Python interpreter, the Maya Python interpreter, the Script Editor in Maya, and your Integrated Development Environment (IDE) or text editor in which you will do the majority ...

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