Table of Contents
- Setting Up Your Environment
- Installing Python
- Choosing a Text Editor or IDE
- Writing Your First Python Code
- Next Steps
Python is a multifaceted and powerful programming language that’s known for its simplicity and readability. If you’re new to programming or just starting out with Python, this article will guide you through writing your very first code lines.
Setting Up Your Environment
Before we dive into coding, let’s make sure you have the necessary tools installed. You’ll need Python itself and a text editor or an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to write and run your code.
If you haven’t already, download and install the current version of Python from the official website: https://www.python.org/downloads/. Follow the installation instructions for your operating system.
Choosing a Text Editor or IDE
Writing Your First Python Code
The most traditional first program in any programming language is the "Hello World" program. Open your text editor or IDE and type the following lines:
print("Hello World from Python Script")
Save the file with a
.py extension, for example,
my_hello_world.py. To run the code, open a terminal or command prompt in the same directory as your Python file and type:
You should see the message "Hello World from Python Script" printed out in the terminal. Congratulations! You’ve written and run your first Python program.
Variables are used to store data in a programming language. In Python, you can assign a value to a variable with an equals sign:
custom_variable = "Hello World from Python Script"
Save the file and run it to see the output. You can change the value of a variable at any time by reassigning it:
custom_variable = "Hello, Python!"
Comments are used to add explanations or notes to your code. In Python, comments start with the hash symbol
# and continue until the end of the line:
# This is a comment
Now that you’ve written your first lines of Python code, it’s time to explore more. In the next articles, we’ll cover topics like data types, control structures, functions, and more. Stay tuned!