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By Kevin McAleer, 3 Minutes
Python is a powerful and versatile programming language, suitable for various applications ranging from simple scripts to large-scale software. This lesson introduces Python programming and guides you on installing Python and writing your first program.
Python is one of the most popular programming languages in the world due to its simplicity and readability. It’s used in various fields such as web development, data analysis, AI, and machine learning. Here are some reasons to learn Python:
Before you can start coding in Python, you need to install the Python interpreter on your computer. Follow these steps to install Python:
The next step is to set up your Python development environment. You’ll need a text editor or an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to write your code. VS Code, PyCharm and Thonny are great options.
Let’s write your first Python program, a classic ‘Hello, World!’ example:
To run this program:
You should see Hello, World! printed in the terminal.
In this lesson, you learned why Python is an essential language to learn, how to install Python, and how to write your first Python program. Great job getting started!