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    Newbie trying out Python

    Hi, I wanted to try out programming, so according to guides in the Ubuntu forums, I should try out Python first.

    Anyway, the thing is I have downloaded Python for Linux from the Python website. How do I go about installing it, or is there no need to do so and I can just open the compiler? If so, where is the compiler.

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    Re: Newbie trying out Python

    Better ask programming related questions in Programming Talk.

    The stickies on top of the threadlist will probably give all info you need.

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    Re: Newbie trying out Python

    Quote Originally Posted by flee0308 View Post
    Hi, I wanted to try out programming, so according to guides in the Ubuntu forums, I should try out Python first.

    Anyway, the thing is I have downloaded Python for Linux from the Python website. How do I go about installing it, or is there no need to do so and I can just open the compiler? If so, where is the compiler.
    Python is installed in any Ubuntu version by default. To run the interactive interpreter just run:
    Code:
    python
    in a terminal and there you go.
    If you prefer a GUI version you can get IDLE, it is in the Software Center.
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    Re: Newbie trying out Python

    I've just begun learning to use python as well. What did you download? IDLE?

    Python comes packaged with ubuntu, and as I am just begining, I have been advised to simply use python in the terminal until I am familiar with it before using any sort of IDE, IDLE included.

    Check this thread to see how:

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1673958

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    Re: Newbie trying out Python

    Quote Originally Posted by flee0308 View Post
    Hi, I wanted to try out programming, so according to guides in the Ubuntu forums, I should try out Python first.

    Anyway, the thing is I have downloaded Python for Linux from the Python website. How do I go about installing it, or is there no need to do so iand I can just open the compiler? If so, where is the compiler.
    Just like the other guys hepre said already, in your terminal type python. What a coincidence, I myself started learning Python about two months ago, lovely language. To get you started check these two websites. Trust me you won't be disappointed.

    http://www.swaroopch.com/notes/Python
    http://learnpythonthehardway.org/index
    These are two free ebooks that am digging right now. By the way Python is not a compiled language so you don't need a compiler, rather it's an interpreted language and your system comes with the interpreter as a default. Happy Programming
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    Re: Newbie trying out Python

    Just thought I'd throw in one more post saying that I am also learning Python. Been trying to get into programming for quite awhile. Hopefully I can stick with it this time.
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