Installing and using python
If you are a Linux or OS-X user - python is already installed on your machine. On a Mac, open your Terminal application (under Applications/Utilities) and type
You will need to install an editor that knows about python.
DO NOT type programs in microsoft Word!
My favorite editor is
emacs. There is a Mac version called Aquamacs.
Learning about python
The executive summary
- What is python. By Guido van Rossum (the guy who started it all).
Free python tutorials/e-books
- How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python
- The official python tutorial
- Dive Into Python
- numpy: scientific computing in python; includes powerful array objects and linear algebra functions.
- matplotlib: plotting
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