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Learning Python Data Visualization by Chad Adams

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Setting up Python on Mac OS X

From here on, Python gets easier to install. If you're on a Mac, many consider Python the best to be run on due to the inclusion of build tools and compilers. Before we install Python, it's important to know that OS X includes Python with the OS. One issue, though, is that it doesn't include everything that the base installer does. Also, OS X locks out some command-line features that are common in Unix systems that can cause issues for some Python modules and libraries.

In this section, we will review the Eclipse IDE on OS X with PyDev 3.0 and review using easy_install and pip using OSX. First, install Python by going to https://www.python.org/ and downloading the 2.7.7 (or higher) 32-bit .dmg installer.

Once it's installed, ...

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