Most Basic Question Ever - please help

seanm.py at gmail.com seanm.py at gmail.com
Tue May 5 00:22:56 CEST 2009


On May 3, 12:22 am, CM <cmpyt... at gmail.com> wrote:
> On May 2, 4:36 pm, seanm... at gmail.com wrote:
>
>
>
> > I am going to try posting here again with more detail to see if I can
> > finally get my first program to work.
>
> > I am working on a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.4.11. I opened a new window
> > in IDLE to create a file. The file had only one line of code and was
> > saved as module1.py. I saved it to Macintosh HD. The one line of code
> > in the file is copied below:
>
> > print 'Hello module world!'
>
> > I closed the file and tried to run it in IDLE and Terminal, but I have
> > had no success. I'll paste my commands and the error messages below
> > (for IDLE, then Terminal). Any help would be very much appreciated. I
> > feel like the marathon just started and I've fallen flat on my face.
> > Thanks.
>
> > IDLE 2.6.2>>> python module1.py
>
> > SyntaxError: invalid syntax
>
> > sean-m-computer:~ seanm$ python
> > Python 2.6.2 (r262:71600, Apr 16 2009, 09:17:39)
> > [GCC 4.0.1 (Apple Computer, Inc. build 5250)] on darwin
> > Type "help", "copyright", "credits" or "license" for more information.>>> python module1.py
>
> >   File "<stdin>", line 1
> >     python module1.py
> >                  ^
> > SyntaxError: invalid syntax
>
> Sean, also, keep in mind you can use IDLE to run
> your scripts.  After you have saved a script/program,
> there is an option for Run in the menu, and then under
> that, Run Module.  The output of the script will be
> sent to IDLE window indicated as the Python shell.
> You can also just test code directly from within
> that shell, though for multi-line programs, it is
> easier within the composing window.
>
> I suggest you sign up for the Python tutor list:http://mail.python.org/mailman/listinfo/tutor
>
> And you can search through their big archive of
> questions and answers here:http://www.nabble.com/Python---tutor-f2981.html
>
> The tutors there are great and super-helpful, and
> will field any level of question but are particularly
> good for absolute beginners.
>
> Here is a tutorial on using IDLE:http://hkn.eecs.berkeley.edu/~dyoo/python/idle_intro/index.html
>
> And here is a very good general programming tutorial online
> book, focusing on Python:http://www.freenetpages.co.uk/hp/alan.gauld/
>
> Good luck!
> Che

Thanks Che! The explaination and links are much appreciated. -Sean



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