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Hands-On Python A Tutorial Introduction for Beginners

Hands-On Python A Tutorial Introduction for Beginners
Hands-On Python A Tutorial Introduction for Beginners Contents Chapter 1 Beginning With Python 1.1. You have probably used computers to do all sorts of useful and interesting things. 1.1.1. First let us place Python programming in the context of the computer hardware. z = x+y is an instruction in many high-level languages that means something like: Access the value stored at a location labeled x Calculate the sum of this value and the value stored at a location labeled y Store the result in a location labeled z. No computer understands the high-level instruction directly; it is not in machine language. Obviously high-level languages were a great advance in clarity! If you follow a broad introduction to computing, you will learn more about the layers that connect low-level digital computer circuits to high-level languages. 1.1.2. There are many high-level languages. 1.1.3. If you are not sure whether your computer already has Python, continue to Section 1.2.2 , and give it a try. Windows Linux 1.2.

For Beginners Welcome! Are you completely new to programming? If not then we presume you will be looking for information about why and how to get started with Python. Fortunately an experienced programmer in any programming language (whatever it may be) can pick up Python very quickly. It's also easy for beginners to use and learn, so jump in! Installing Python is generally easy, and nowadays many Linux and UNIX distributions include a recent Python. If you want to know whether a particular application, or a library with particular functionality, is available in Python there are a number of possible sources of information. If you have a question, it's a good idea to try the FAQ, which answers the most commonly asked questions about Python. If you want to help to develop Python, take a look at the developer area for further information.

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