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Introduction to Python

Python was created by Guido Van Rossum when he was working at CWI (Centrum
Wiskunde & Informatica) which is a National Research Institute for Mathematics and
Computer Science in Netherlands. The language was released in I991. Python got its
name from a BBC comedy series from seventies- “Monty Pythons Flying Circus”.
Python can be used to follow both Procedural approach and Object Oriented approach
of programming. It is free to use.

Some of the features which make Python so popular are as follows:

Y It is a general purpose programming language which can be used for both
       scientific and non scientific programming.
Y It is a platform independent programming language.
Y It is a very simple high level language with vast library of add-on modules.
Y It is excellent for beginners as the language is interpreted, hence gives immediate
Y The programs written in Python are easily readable and understandable.
Y It is suitable as an extension language for customizable applications.
Y It is easy to learn and use.

The language is used by companies in real revenue generating products, such as:
Y In operations of Google search engine, youtube, etc.
Y Bit Torrent peer to peer file sharing is written using Python
Y Intel, Cisco, HP, IBM, etc use Python for hardware testing.
Y Maya provides a Python scripting API
Y i–Robot uses Python to develop commercial Robot.
Y NASA and others use Python for their scientific programming task.

Python is a terrific language. The syntax is simple and code length is short which makes it easy to understand and write.

Visit for the downloads/documentation.
Python will work in both Windows and Linux
Python 3.6 and 2.7 are the two stable releases. ( Which versions to use? I prefer 2.7 for this basic course)

The Python programming language was conceived in the late 1980s and its implementation was started in December 1989
Python 2.0 was released on October 16, 2000
Python 3.0,  was released on December 3, 2008

There is some difference between 2.x and 3.x  read this before proceeding

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