There are a lot of tutorials out there to get started in Python. Here I’ve highlighted what I consider to be the best ones: complete, well written, well paced, and assume no prior knowledge of programming. Some walk you through the installation of Python, while others take you through the finer points of the language.
Your first stop
New to Python? Start here.
What do you need to run Python?
1. The Python programming language installed on your computer.
2. A text editor to write code in
3. An interactive shell that lets you test and debug your code.
- Choosing and downloading a Python version
Walks you through installing Python on Windows
- Running Python 2.5 on Windows XP
Walks you through installing and running Python for the first time.
- Adding Python to the DOS path
This is for if you want to be able to run Python right from the DOS command line.
If you like learning from videos (screencasts) I highly recommend these video tutorials. Top notch stuff. Some videos are for absolute beginners, and others cover more advanced topics. The three videos above walk you through downloading and setting up Python.
Official Python tutorial – Straight from the author of Python. Might want some programming experience under your belt before you go through it though since it is comprehensive and gets into the details of the language.
And beyond . . .
ShowMeDo has many excellent video tutorials on a wide range of Python topics.
If you’re going to be working with Python, make sure you get the IPython interpreter, which you can find more info on elsewhere on this site.