Getting Ready to Work with Python

In this chapter, you learn what Python is and get ready to work with it. You choose the version of Python that suits your needs and then install that version if your computer does not already have it. You also install and configure your main tool for working with Python, a powerful code editor/integrated development environment called Visual Studio Code.

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Understanding What Python Is and Does

Choose the Right Version of Python

Install Python on Windows

Install Python on the Mac

Install Python on Linux If Necessary

Learn About Development Tools for Python

Download and Install Visual Studio Code

Get Started with Visual Studio Code and Apply a Theme

Install Visual Studio Code Extensions for Python

Configure Visual Studio Code for Working with Python

Understanding What Python Is and Does

Python is a programming language that is used both widely and for many different purposes. Python enables you to write applications that work on many different computing platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Apple’s macOS, and Linux. Python is especially useful for automating routine tasks, thus enabling yourself and your colleagues to get more work done in less time.

A Dutch programmer named Guido van Rossum began work on Python in the late 1980s, eventually releasing the first version as Python 0.9.0 in 1991. Since 2001, Python has been run by a U.S.-based ...

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