Install Python On Windows

Installing Python

Windows does not come with Python by default and we will be using Python 2.7.5 in this class. To install Python, follow the instructions:

  • Download the installer: Windows Installer
  • Extract the zip folder. Do not navigate into the zip folder. The module installer will fail. You will have to extract the zip file.
  • Run ‘Python(x,y)-’ from inside the extracted folder

Use default settings on the installer, which should take about 10 minutes.

Getting The Python Modules

One of the wonders of modern programming is that writing sophisticated programs is often quite easy by making use of work others have already done. In Python, this comes in the form of third-party modules that we will download and import for use by our own programs. For example, if you want to open some images to crop and stretch and cut and paste together, you don’t need to write a program that interprets a .jpg file, as someone has already done that, you just have to import their code. As such, you will now want to install all of the wonderful modules written and maintained by outside sources that we will be using. These *DO NOT* come on Windows, so you’ll need to run a module installer’.:

  • Run ‘Module Installer.cmd’ from inside the extracted folder

This installer will add all of the modules that we will need for the entire semester. You will start to learn how to use these modules in the coming weeks and months. Once the installer has completed, you may delete the installer folder from your computer.

Go Back And Get The IDE And Dropbox

Now, go back and get everything else you need Getting the IDE

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