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Small core, large library

Like Java, Python has a small compact core and a large, extensible library . Thus, much of what you will need to do has already been written and tested for you. Yourtask will be to write the code to glue those library components together, and to write new capabilities on an as-needed basis.

Let's Write a Program

Getting ready

Download and install the software

The first step is to go to (External Link) with your web browser. Download, and install the Python software using thedownload link that you will find there.

I'm going to assume that either you already know how to do this, or you can get help from a friend. In other words, I'm not going to try to explain how todownload and install the Python software.

Note: If you are working in an ACC computer lab on the Northridge campus, you don't need to download and install the Python software. It hasalready been installed. If you are working in an ACC computer lab on a different campus and you don't find the Python software, ask the lab manager to downloadand install it. If you are working on your computer at home, at some point you will need to download and install the Python software.

Starting the programming environment

As I mentioned earlier, all of my instructions will be based on the use of Python running on my Windows operating system.

However, as I also mentioned earlier, you have many choices for using Python. If you are running on some other platform, you will need to translate my instructionsfrom Windows jargon into the jargon of your platform.

Enough talk -- let's begin

Find the Start button on the task bar on your Windows desktop. Select

Start/All Programs/Python x.y

where x.y is the version of Python that you have downloaded and installed. At the time of this writing, I have version 3.4.1 installed on my computer, and theselection shows on the menu as Python 3.4.

What do you see?

When you make this selection, you should see a menu having at least the following five options :

  • IDLE (Python GUI)
  • Module Docs
  • Python (command line)
  • Python Manuals
  • Uninstall Python

The Python Manuals

Don't be bashful about selecting and reading the Module Docs and the Python Manuals. There is a wealth of information contained there, including a tutorial.

The library reference

A good way to get a feel for the breadth and power of Python is to select Python Manuals from the menu and then select the Library Reference link. (The Library Reference is also available online as of the time of this writing.)

Most of what you see there probably won't mean much to you at this point in time, but hopefully will be familiar territory after you complete this course.

IDLE (Python GUI)

Selecting IDLE (Python GUI) from the menu brings up a window titled "Python 3.4.1 Shell" on my computer. This is one of the interactive programming environments available with Python on MicrosoftWindows.

What does it look like ?

When you select IDLE (Python GUI) from the menu, you should see something like Figure 1 .

(Note to blind and visually impaired students: I don't know if you will find the Python Shell to be accessible. If not, don't worry. We will get to acommand-line version that should be accessible a little later.)

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
learn
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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