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Python is a Great Language

So are others, but for some purposes Python may be the best


  • Has its own iconic cartoon [import antigravity] ( do you know of any for another language? )
  • Named after Monty Python, how cool is that.
  • Free
  • Runs on many OS's including the Raspberry PI.
  • Great interactive modes.
  • Concise, code often short without being cryptic.
  • Real language not a toy.
  • Widely used, lots of support books.....
  • Lots of libraries for doing lots of things.
  • Interpreted, but not all the time may be compiled.
  • Seems to play well with other languages.
  • Option for serious Object Orientation, almost everything is an object of a class.
  • No need to adopt the OO methodology for many programs.


  • Not statically typed which may not suit your tastes ( or may be a plus ).
  • Not the fastest, but often fast enough.

Ways to Run

  • From text editor, save file, run with an interperter. ( Generally use Idle instead, nicer, almost as lean )
  • IPython, a highy interactive environment ( I have not used )
  • Idle ( as in Eric ) a really really basic, IDE

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