[Tutor] Python 2.0 newbie questions

alan.gauld@bt.com alan.gauld@bt.com
Fri, 27 Oct 2000 11:07:58 +0100

> My question is what do I do next?

I assume the 'Python GUI' is simply a shortcut to IDLE 
which is a nicer environment for writing Python than 
the DOS box or notepad.

> What do I need to do to get it to run the hello.py text file 
> that I saved????

From the command prompt(DOS or Start|Run) type:

C:> python hello.py

You should see the output of your script (or an error message 
if you got it wrong!)

> PS  Which version of python will be explained in Alan Gauld's 
> new book???

Python 1.5.2 is included on the CD ROM and recommended for 
the examples. Python v2 is included on the CD but the reader 
is recommended to wait till they have completed the book 
before 'upgrading'.

The reason is simple: I haven't had time to check all the code 
works without change in Python 2. I expect it will since it is 
only a basic subset. I don't teach or use anything very exotic 
in the book since I'm trying to demonstrate techniques that 
work in any language, not just Python.

If enough copies sell to warrant a second edition it will be 
based on Python 2 (or maybe 3 by that time?!)

I'm currently reviewing the typset page proofs BTW and to 
my very biased eyes it looks good. :-)

Alan G.