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Python: Visual QuickStart Guide, Second Edition by Toby Donaldson

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Programming

Before we dive into the details of Python programming, it helps to learn a bit about what Python is and what kinds of programs it is used for. We will also outline exactly what it is that programmers do. Finally, we’ll learn how to install Python and run the IDLE editor that comes with it.

If you are new to programming, this short introduction should help you get your footing in preparation for learning the Python programming language.

If you already have a grasp of the basic concepts, feel free to jump ahead to the sections on how to install Python and run the editor.

The Python Language

So what is Python? Briefly, it is a computer programming language and a corresponding set of software tools and libraries. ...

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