[Tutor] Help - What is the best package to learn programming in Python?

Alan Gauld alan.gauld at yahoo.co.uk
Wed May 17 19:09:20 EDT 2017

On 17/05/17 19:17, keith quach wrote:

> I hope you could help. I am new to the Python community. I am looking 
> for your recommendation for a Windows 10 (64 bit) Python 3.6 
> distribution package that covers all the necessary installtions/files.

It depends on what you want to do. There is no single package I
know of that includes *all* the Python modules available - there
are too many and many are out of sync with different versions.

If you do scientific/numeric computations you probably want
something like Anaconda or Enthought. If you do media/video
work you might want some of the distros targetting Maya or

Of the "standard" distributions I usually recommend the
ActiveState.com distro because it includes some extra
Windows goodies and integrates with the help system better.

If you need an IDE you will need to check those out separately,
there are at least half a dozen, some free, some commercial.
IDEs are a very personal choice, many Python programmers
prefer not to use one but work with multiple open windows

Alan G
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