Welcome! Are youcompletely new to programming?
If not then we presume you will be looking for information about
why and how to get started with Python.
experienced programmer in any programming language (whatever it may be)
can pick up Python very quickly.
It's also easy for beginners to use and learn, so
Installing Python is generally easy, and nowadays
many Linux and UNIX distributions include a recent Python.
some Windows computers (notably those from HP) now come with Python
If you do need to install Python and aren't confident about the
task you can find
a few notes on the
wiki page, but installation is unremarkable on most platforms.
The online documentation
is your first port of call for definitive information.
There is a fairly brief
that gives you basic information about the language and
gets you started. You can follow this by looking at the
for a full description of Python's many libraries and the
language reference for
a complete (though somewhat dry) explanation of Python's syntax.
If you are looking for common Python recipes and patterns, you
can browse the ActiveState Python Cookbook