Downloading and Installing Python

First download Python from the Python website. After installing, you can install other helpful tools including Pip. Save the file as a Python file (extension: “.py”) and navigate to the file in your terminal. Run the Python script using your terminal to install:

$ python

so In order to install globally you may to run a “sudo” install:

$ sudo python

Installing Python Modules

$ sudo pip install requests

The entire Python setup was surprisingly easy. I had never programmed in Python before and only knew that it was good for backend scripts. I really wanted to expand my coding knowledge so I decided to take up Python. Here are some useful “projects” that got me going:

  • Web Scraping
  • Simple math formulas
  • Using cool modules
  • Calling API's like iTunes and YouTube
  • Encoding and decoding JSON data
  • Downloading files and making a progress bar

Dynamic Progress Bar

This project helped me gain a better understanding of how Python can communicate with the user via the Terminal interface. Reference:

for i in range(100):
    sys.stdout.write("\r%d%%" % i)

Constructing and Interpreting JSON data

This was great way for me to learn how Python data structures worked. It helped me gain a good foundation in simple variable types as well as how to communicate between different programming languages. For example, Javascript often sends data in the form of a JSON object. By doing this project I was able to pass data from my Javascript into my Python script and vice versa. Reference

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