How to Set Up for Introduction to Python Training

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In Brief...

Our Introduction to Python course uses IDLE, a simple Python IDE/editor that comes bundled with Python. All you need for class is to have Python 3.3 or later installed and to download the class files.

Instructions

Operating System Requirements

You can use any modern operating system in this class. If you have any doubts about your operating system, please email support@webucator.com.

Install Python 3.6

Option 1: Install Anaconda.

If you plan to take our Advanced Python course as well, you should install Anaconda, a free Python distribution that includes many commonly used Python packages.

  1. Go to the Anaconda download page.
  2. Where it says "Jump to" at the top, choose your operating system.
  3. Under "Python 3.6" click on "Windows 64-bit Graphical Installer" or "Windows 32-bit Graphical Installer", depending on what operating system you have.
  4. Download Python.
  5. Click on the .exe file you just downloaded and follow the installation instructions.

Option 2: Install Python only

  1. Go to the Python download page.
  2. The web page should identify your operating system automatically. If it does not, select your operating system.
  3. Click the "Download Python 3.6.x" link to download the Python installer.
  4. Run the installer.

Test your installation by opening a command prompt and typing "python". You should get a Python prompt, like this: Running Python at the command line

Class Files

  1. Download the class files.
  2. After downloading the class files, create a directory on your hard drive named "Webucator" that can be found easily.
    1. On Windows, a good option is C:\Webucator.
    2. On Mac OS X, a good option is to create a Webucator folder in your Documents folder.
  3. Extract the files to the folder you just created.

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