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Python Data Science Essentials - Third Edition by Luca Massaron, Alberto Boschetti

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Explaining virtual environments

No matter whether you have chosen to install a standalone Python or instead used a scientific distribution, you may have noticed that you are actually bound on your system to the Python version you have installed. The only exception, for Windows users, is to use a WinPython distribution, since it is a portable installation and you can have as many different installations as you need.

A simple solution to breaking free of such a limitation is to use virtualenv, which is a tool for creating isolated Python environments. That means, by using different Python environments, you can easily achieve the following things:

  • Testing any new package installation or doing experimentation on your Python environment without ...

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