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What is Python source?

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by wicked.ludicrous, Sep 7, 2010.

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  1. wicked.ludicrous

    wicked.ludicrous Thread Starter

    Jan 4, 2009
    I need to get Python for one of my classes and I was about to download it, when I came across Python source... What is it? I realize Python is open source, but can't figure out what is a Python source. I have Win7 64-bit and the warning notice next to the 64-bit download said that "it doesn't include source"...
    I also need IDLE, so would that be a problem? Or should I just download the first, normal Windows installer?
  2. lotuseclat79


    Sep 12, 2003
    Hi wicked.ludicrous,

    Since Python is a programming language, Python source is text containing Python statements in the programming language Python. See: Python (programming language).

    For example: to execute a python source, one might issue the following command (in a Terminal command line window where $ is the command prompt) assuming that a Python interpreter executable is available on your computer:
    $ sudo python check-my-hardware.py

    The file check-my-hardware.py is the file containing python source statements interpreted by the python interpreter executable in root mode (via use the sudo) on a Linux platform. The python source code in check-my-hardware.py determines compatibility of a computer's BIOS with PAE and NX bit available memory.

    -- Tom
  3. shannon08


    Jul 30, 2008
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