The BATTLE of Python Programming in Windows

If there is anyone whom should not write a guide to using phyton, it should be me. I have already had a year of Phyton tutorial and i never got it. I sometimes thought of just giving up and retreating to my FILM world (Im originally a 35mm film director/editor) . Phyton is used everywhere… from Motion Graphics, Engineering, Film, 3d Animation, Software design… everywhere! That made me adopt a new philosophy: If you can’t beat them, join them!

I use Windows environment and im very comfortable with it… I’ve been using Linux as an alternative but my Sony C1 Picturebook Laptop could not function 100% with LINUX on the other end. I also just prefer my Windows XP to VISTA or any other OS and im just ok. If you fit into this group and still want to use open-source software, its all over the web…just download and use.

I am no programmer and have less than a year’s experience with PHYTHON so the critics should BUG off. Pick on your own size…

If you are having trouble installing and using Python on your Windows PC, you could probably pick up from how i battled and still do with PHYTON. Firstly its important to locate the perfect Install; I suggest this versionwhich you can download here: http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.5.1/python-2.5.1.msi …Then, this Extension is also necessary: http://sourceforge.net/project/platformdownload.php?group_id=78018

Install the Python program and make sure that your installation directory is c:/python2X *** ITS VERY IMPORTANT Second, install Pythonwin and watch out that the installation detects your earlier install of c:/python2x

After your install is completed, you’ll have to do some minor tweaking. I had months of chaos because of this simple tweak which LINUX and MAC os users don’t have to contend with. So get ready, set…GO!

Click START>>>CONTROL PANEL>>>SYSTEM

Select ADVANCED|||Click Environment Variables>>>

Under System Variables Select PATH and Click on EDIT

There are 2 columns indicated Variable name and Variable value

Click on Variable value and with your RIGHT arrow key, go to the end of whatever is written in that column. At the very end and with NO SPACES, type the following ;c:pythonX

X = your version of python…check your installation directory and you should see what version you have. Example: with my installation, i have c:python25 , so when editing the variable value above, i entered ;cpython25

After this, accept changes and OK all. Let the FUN begin

START>>>ACCESSORIES>>>COMMAND PROMPT

Just type the name python and hit enter

You should see something similar to:

Python 2.5.1 <r251:54863, Apr 18 2007, 08:51:08> [MSC v.1310 32 bit <Intel>] on Win32

Type “help”, “copyright”, “credits” or “license” for more information.

>>>

CONGRATULATIONS… You are now officially pythoned.

Published by Sal Souza

Sal Souza is an International Designer (Graphic, Visual, Multimedia, Broadcast Media, Industrial, User Interaction, User Experience) and IT Consultant with expertise in New Media, Web 3.0, IPTV, DTV, Media Production, Product Prototyping, Desktop Software, Interactivity, Mobile Applications, Traditional Knowledge, Geographical Indications and Cultural Goods. He lives and works in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

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