Okay, I am assuming you have installed Python on your computer.
There are many good free tutorials available on the internet (eg. A Byte of Python and Dive into Python).
However, I thought it would be helpful to do some basic stuff here to get us started.
1) Hello World
First open the Python IDLE – probably by going:
Start – All Programs – Python – IDLE.
This opens up the “interpreter” (or Python Shell) – you can just type Python commands in and it will do them immediately.
The cursor will be blinking at this prompt:
When you press “enter”, it should display: “Hello World.”
2) Writing a program
That’s nice, but it isn’t a program yet. To do that we need to open the “editor”. From the file menu, select: “New Window”.
The editor will pop up. Now save this file as: “Hello World.py” (you might want to make a folder for your programs at this point). You have to save the program before you can run it, and it makes sense to do that first.
The cursor is now blinking in an empty box.
Now save the file again (ctrl-s is quickest) and run it (F5 will do this).
The interpreter will open up a new window and display: “Hello world.”, just as it did before.
Congratulations – you are now a computer programmer!
Check back for your next lesson later!