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Python Tutorial Chapter #1: Introduction to Python

Welcome to this tutorial on the basics of Python!

Python Tutorial Chapter #1: Introduction to Python
Python Tutorial Chapter #1: Introduction to Python

In this tutorial, we will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to Python: What is Python and why is it a popular programming language?
  • Installing Python: How to download and install Python on your computer.
  • Running Python: How to run Python programs using the command line or an Integrated Development Environment (IDE).
  • Basic Syntax: The basic syntax of Python, including variables, data types, and control structures.
Introduction to Python: 

Python is a popular, high-level programming language known for its simplicity, readability, and flexibility. It is used in a wide range of applications, including web development, data analysis, machine learning, and scientific computing.

Python is an interpreted language, which means that it is executed at runtime rather than being compiled into machine code. This makes it easy to write and debug code, and allows you to run Python programs on any platform that has a Python interpreter installed.

Installing Python:

To use Python, you will need to have it installed on your computer. You can download the latest version of Python from the official Python website at Once you have downloaded the installer, double-click on it to begin the installation process.

During the installation, you will be given the option to add Python to your system path. It is recommended to do this, as it will allow you to run Python from the command line or terminal.

Running Python: 

There are two main ways to run Python programs: using the command line or using an Integrated Development Environment (IDE).

To run a Python program using the command line, open a terminal or command prompt and navigate to the directory where your Python script is located. Then, enter the command "python", where "" is the name of your Python script.

To run a Python program using an IDE, you will need to install an IDE that supports Python, such as PyCharm or IDLE. Once you have installed an IDE, open it and create a new project or file. You can then write your Python code and run it by clicking on the "run" button or using a keyboard shortcut.

Basic Syntax: 

Here are some basic concepts in Python syntax that you should be familiar with:

  • Variables: In Python, you can create variables by assigning values to them using the = operator. For example:
  • Data Types: Python has several built-in data types, including integers, floats, strings, lists, and dictionaries. Here are some examples:
  • Control Structures: Python has several control structures that allow you to control the flow of your program. These include if-else statements, for loops, and while loops. Here is an example of an if-else statement:
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