Python is a high-level, interpreted, object-oriented programming language. It is known for its simple syntax that puts emphasis on code readability, making Python an ideal language for programming beginners.
- Go to the official Python website ( https://www.python.org/ ).
- In the upper right corner of the main page, click the download button.
- Choose the latest version of Python.
- Download the installer corresponding to your operating system and computer architecture (32 or 64 bit).
- Run the installer and follow the instructions. Remember to check the "Add Python to PATH" box during installation.
After installing Python, you can verify the installation by opening a terminal (command prompt on Windows) and typing the following command:
This should return the Python version you just installed.
Your first Python program
To write your first Python program, you'll need a code editor. You can use any text editor, but some editors like PyCharm, Atom, Visual Studio Code, or Sublime Text offer Python-specific features that can make coding easier.
Open your code editor and create a new file called "hello_world.py".
Put the following code in the file:
Save the file and then run it. If you're using a terminal, you can do this by navigating to the directory where you saved the file and typing:
You should see "Hello, World!" printed in your terminal. Congratulations, you've just written and run your first Python program!
Python is a very powerful and flexible language with many libraries that extend its functionality. For example, you can use libraries like NumPy and pandas for data analysis, TensorFlow and PyTorch for machine learning, Flask and Django for web development, and so much more. Happy coding!