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1.15: Python Examples

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  • 486px-Python_logo_and_wordmark.svg_.pngOverview

    Python is an interpreted high-level programming language for general-purpose programming. Created by Guido van Rossum and first released in 1991, Python has a design philosophy that emphasizes code readability, notably using significant whitespace. It provides constructs that enable clear programming on both small and large scales.[1]

    Python is one of the most popular current programming languages[2], is frequently recommended as a first programming language, and often used in information systems and data science courses.


    Hello World

    # This program displays "Hello world!"
    # References:
    print("Hello world!")


    Hello world!


    Each code element represents:[3]

    • # begins a comment
    • print() calls the print function
    • "Hello world!" is the literal string to be displayed

    Python IDEs

    There are many free cloud-based and local IDEs available to begin coding in Python. Check with your instructor or do your own research for recommendations.

    Local IDEs

    • IDLE
    • Thonny


    • Wikiversity: Computer Programming

    1. Wikipedia: Python (programming language)
    2. TIOBE: Index
    3. Wikibooks: Programming Fundamentals/Hello World
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