Simple Question regarding running .py program

Caroline Hou joyhou2010 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 14 04:31:31 CET 2012


On Tuesday, November 13, 2012 7:35:32 AM UTC-5, Ramchandra Apte wrote:
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> > > > I just started learning Python by myself and I have an extremely simple question now!
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> > > > I am in my Python interpreter now and I want to open/edit a program called nobel.py. But when I typed >>> python nobel.py, it gave me a "SyntaxError:invalid syntax”( I've changed to the correct directory)what should I do?
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> > > > Could anyone help me please? I am pretty confused here...Thank you!
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> > > Go to a shell (cmd.exe), change to the directory containing that script,
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> > > On linux:  davea at think:~$ python nobel.py
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> > > On Windows:   c:\mydir\myscript > python nobel.py
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> > > that won't work.  The right answer is the first one above...   Open a
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> > thank you very much for your quick reply! I did manage to get the program run from cmd.exe. 
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> > So does it mean that if I want to use python interactively,I should use the interpreter,while if I just want to run a python program, I should use DOS shell instead?
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> > Also, how could I edit my script? I have sth called "IDLE" installed along with python. Is it the right place to write/edit my script?
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> > Sorry about these semi-idiot questions but it is really hard to find an article or book that covers such basic stuffs! 
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> IDLE is recommended for newbies like you because an IDE requires too much configuration.
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> When you start writing a big project, you can use an IDE.

Thank you Dave and everybody here for your helpful comments!This place is awesome! I found this group when I googled python-list. Seems like this is not the usual way you guys access the list?



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