Name: [002] Ian Ozsvald
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Running Python 2.5 on Windows XP [ID:137] (Free) (3/10)

in series: Python Development on XP

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Here we install and test Python 2.5 from (download here). I cover how to start Python from the Start Menu and writing your first (Hello World) line of Python code.

At the end of this video you'll know how to start and finish with Python and you'll be ready to check-out the on-line tutorial via the doc pages and Mark pilgrim's on-line book Dive Into Python.

You will also be ready to begin the remaining six parts of this series where I give you all the knowledge you need to get going with writing Python scripts on Windows (this also applies to Linux and Mac too!).

To talk to your fellow Pythonistas you should join the ShowMeDo Learners Google Group.

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Thanks. This video saved me from fumbling around trying to install everything through the command prompt.

116. cliff white Thu, 02 Sep 2010 06:45

Very useful

thanks, very eduational

114. Michael D. Hemphill Thu, 19 Aug 2010 22:09

Love the site, tutorials are very insightful and helpful.

113. Changa Tshering Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:10

As a beginner,it is easy to understand instruction for exploring the tools in python.

Thanks for brining it down to beginner level of understanding.

112. Rodolfo Tue, 10 Aug 2010 15:36

I love this site! I just found it and it was bookmarked instantly! Thanks for sharing knowledge in such an easy way to understand and learn! Greatly appreciated. Kudos.


It was great listening to your vedio.Im new to python ,i mean im beginner..and unfortunately im working as a programmer in the same language..soo please kindly can u demonstrate a vedio showing me how to write a program,how to save it and how to run and execute it..a small example would be great .....please could u please mail me as early as possible

110. Herbert Sat, 17 Jul 2010 17:31

Thank you for the video series. I have a programming project for a club I belong to and am hoping Python will be my vehicle. The thing I am most interested in is a beginning programming tutorial along with a quick start into GUI with Python. I need this project asap and hope to get up-to-speed rather quickly. Many Thanks.

Thanks very much. Clear, concise...I'm just thinking about 'programming' as a new path (no pun intended)- taking a couple of free courses from MIT to see if this is something I would want to do. Thanks a million.

excelente tutorial para usar python muy bueno sigan asi espero algun dia poder ser util como ustedes lo son saludos desde guatemala


106. Beverly Mon, 24 May 2010 17:50

Thank you

Thank you. I was stuck trying to find how to access IDLE and it never occurred to me to look under all programs. I will definately bookmark your site for further help as this is my initial exposure to Python.

Thank you for this tutorial. I found it quite helpful

Thanks, did not know what ModuleDocs component was.

102. William J. Mc Quadee Sat, 13 Mar 2010 11:39

Nice work!

Just what I was looking for.

With all the languages I know , I was interested in why I would use Python instead of Pearl or something else.

Thank you.


101. raulvan Sun, 14 Feb 2010 23:39

i. Need to know the database connectivity in python.

ii. Create a simple login page in python with database connectivity

100. Gabriel Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:23

Hello Ian,

I've just started watching your tutorials so I don't have much to say at this point. What does strike me is your matter of fact way of presenting the information. No guessing involved. As time goes on, I'll let you know what I think. As for now... Two Thumbs Up! :^)


Very good! really2 helpful!

i have started to learn PYTHON online by visiting web pages,

will i be able to get it in an easy and handy way,

i know few languages like c++,core java,html.

Python and mysql database for websites

clear and concise

95. imran qureshi Fri, 15 Jan 2010 12:41


This was a very useful information regarding python.


94. Stefan Kluska Mon, 11 Jan 2010 15:32

thank you for telling

93. anonymous Tue, 05 Jan 2010 23:01

Thank you, that was very helpful. I would like to see some about basic programing.

91. anonymous Tue, 29 Dec 2009 14:59

thanks again. Of course I would be happy about a such nice programming course in python for beginners (like me).


90. anonymous Mon, 28 Dec 2009 19:33

Great start.

89. anonymous Sat, 05 Dec 2009 12:21

Thank You very much. I need such tutorial because I am tottaly nob in Python.

88. anonymous Wed, 25 Nov 2009 10:01

Great, I'm just starting but it is really helpfull.

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