Python for Windows #IS492

While students in my Tech Ventures class are getting their sea legs with Python this week on their Raspberry Pis, I thought it would be helpful to provide instructions on how to code in a Windows, Linux, or Mac OS environment. I find the IDLE environment OK for doing some simple development, but if you are going to be working on something more complex, I recommend using PyCharm. It’s a full IDE that is similar to Eclipse and NetBeans (for you Java peeps) where you can store projects, use tabbed autocomplete, etc. PyCharm has a community edition that is open source and free for use. The professional edition provides a development environment for CSS,  I’m pretty much a fan of anything other than a plain text editor. In my opinion, it cuts down on errors and gives you a more full picture of your project, especially when you are importing libraries and other modules. Below are steps to get up and going in Windows.

  1. Download the latest version of Python (most folks should select the Windows x86-64 executable installer).
  2. Install Python by running the previously downloaded file.
  3. Download the Windows version of PyCharm.
  4. Install PyCharm by running the previously downloaded file.
  5. You’re good to go! Happy Coding!

 

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