Getting Started

In this part, we introduce Python and situate it among the myriad other programming languages available. Python is good for some things and not for others; you find out which is which. We provide a hands-on introduction to some of Python's abilities, using its helpful interactive mode and its IDLE programming environment. We briefly describe each of Python's basic building blocks and show how all these blocks come together by dissecting a working program. We sketch an overview of how professional programmers design programs and debug code and show you how to put these practices to work to make your own programming life easier.

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