This chapter covers the following:
Introduction to Python and its features
Installing Python on different platforms
Interacting with Python through Command Line Mode and IDLE
Writing Your First Python Program
Understanding data types and basic elements in Python
Writing comments and continuation lines and printing messages
Python is a very powerful high-level, dynamic object-oriented programming language created by Guido van Rossum in 1991. It is implemented in C, and relies on the extensive portable C libraries. It is a cross-platform language and runs on all major hardware platforms and operating systems, including Windows, Linux/UNIX, and Macintosh. Python has an easy-to-use syntax and is quite easy to learn, ...