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Introduction to Python: Getting Started with Programming

Introduction to Python: Getting Started with Programming

Python is a versatile and beginner-friendly programming language that is widely used for various applications, including web development, data analysis, and automation. In this tutorial, we will walk you through the basics of Python and help you write your first program.

Installing Python

Before we dive into programming, let’s make sure you have Python installed on your machine. Follow the steps below to install Python:

  1. Visit the official Python website at python.org and navigate to the Downloads section.

  2. Choose the appropriate installer for your operating system (Windows, macOS, or Linux) and download the latest stable version of Python.

  3. Run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation. Make sure to check the option to add Python to your system’s PATH.

  4. To verify that Python is installed correctly, open a command prompt or terminal and type python --version. You should see the version number printed on the screen.

Congratulations! You now have Python installed on your machine.

Writing Your First Python Program

Now that we have Python set up, let’s write a simple program that displays “Hello, World!” on the screen. Open a text editor or an integrated development environment (IDE) and create a new file called hello.py.

# hello.py

print("Hello, World!")

Save the file and navigate to the directory where you saved it using the command prompt or terminal. To run the program, type python hello.py and press Enter. You should see “Hello, World!” printed on the screen.

Understanding the Code

Let’s break down the code and understand how it works:

  • The line print("Hello, World!") is a Python statement that instructs the program to display the text “Hello, World!” on the screen. The print function is a built-in function in Python used for outputting text.

  • The text inside the parentheses, "Hello, World!", is called a string. In Python, strings are enclosed in single quotes (') or double quotes ("). You can use either type of quotes to define a string.

Conclusion

Congratulations on writing your first Python program! You have taken the first step in your programming journey. In this tutorial, we covered the basics of Python installation and wrote a simple program that displayed “Hello, World!” on the screen.

Python offers many more features and capabilities for you to explore. Stay tuned for more tutorials where we delve into more advanced topics and examples in Python programming.

Happy coding!

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