[Baypiggies] Getting Started with Python 2.6.2 on Mac

Jon Rosebaugh jon at inklesspen.com
Sat Jun 27 02:38:45 CEST 2009

Open IDLE.app instead. It is a simplistic IDE and will probably be  
easiest for you.

Many Python programmers, however, prefer to get familiar with the unix  
command line, which you can access via /Applications/Utilities/ 
Terminal.app. From this command line, you can access python by running  
the command 'python'.

On Jun 26, 2009, at 5:23 PM, arthamax at sbcglobal.net wrote:

> Hi,
> I am using a Mac PPC with Tiger 10.4.11 and I just downloaded and  
> installed Python 2.6.2. and I am having difficulties getting  
> started. I spent a couple of hours trying to find help when I came  
> upon this website and decided to give it a shot.
> When I open Python Launcher a Preferences window opens with no  
> instructions on what to do next. In the Preferences window:
> "Settings for file type:" "Python Script" is selected
> "Interpreter:" "/usr/local/bin/pythonw" is selected
> "Run in a Terminal window" is checked
> I have the book "Python Programming, 2nd Ed. for the absolute  
> beginner" but it says nothing about this preferences window. Is  
> there some prerequisite that an "absolute beginner" needs to know  
> about (Mac) computers before I can use Python? What am I missing?
> Any assistance on getting started with Python would be very much  
> appreciated.
> Thank you.
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