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Python is a high-level, object oriented programming language, created by Guido van Rossum in 1991. Python puts readability at a high standard and learning Python is great for both non-programmers and programmers. Python is cross-platform, which means you can run it on all major platforms like Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. Python is open source software and, as a result, has a large community of developers who help maintain and improve the language. Currently, the main implementation of Python, CPython, is managed by the Python Software Foundation, a non-profit organization working to develop and maintain the Python standards.
Meanwhile a parallel effort on Wikiversity is underway using Matlab and Octave.
Prerequisites are courses it is suggested you understand before you attempt this course. If you're having a hard time understanding the material in this course, make sure you understand these prerequisites first.
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- If you want to try programming, first open
name = raw_input('What is your name?\n') print 'Hi, %s.' % name
You will find that these codes don't work because holycross isn't true Python. For example the Fibonacci series code must be replaced with
parents, babies = (1, 1) while babies < 100: print 'Hi, %s.' % str(babies) parents, babies = (babies, parents + babies)
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